Based on everything that has happened this offseason, it appears the Patriots will be going with second-year player Jarrett Stidham at quarterback in 2020 with Brian Hoyer serving as his backup.
Appearing on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria Friday, former Patriot Rob Ninkovich explained how having Hoyer around is so important.
“With Brian Hoyer having the experience of being here with the time that he’s spent here and understanding the system, that doesn’t surprise me that they are just going to let that ride," he said. "If Hoyer wasn’t here, I bet they would have got somebody, or went out and got a veteran, or somebody that has a grasp of the offensive system. Not having OTAs and not having minicamp and potentially not having a training camp, that is going to be pretty tough for a kid that really hasn’t seen too many looks and hasn’t had a lot of reps to go out there and play against a good defense. Their schedule we know is going to be tough.
"I think having Hoyer really helps them out because he has experience. He knows what to expect. He knows what the season is like. He knows what the offseason is like. He knows what the season, as far as progression and what it is like being a Patriot, so it doesn’t surprise me that they are just going to go with what they have.”
Hoyer signed with the Patriots this offseason after he was released by the Colts. He has plenty of experience with the organization, as he backed up Tom Brady on two different occasions.
The Patriots also have undrafted rookies J'Mar Smith and Brian Lewerke in the quarterbacks room.