After serving as Tom Brady’s backup for all of last season as a rookie, Jarrett Stidham has been the third-string quarterback through the first three games this season.
The second-year QB has been inactive for all three games, playing behind Cam Newton and Brian Hoyer. Stidham dealt with a hip injury during training camp that held him back in a few sessions and allowed him to fall behind Hoyer on the depth chart.
With that being said, the Patriots coaching staff seems pleased with Stidham’s progress.
“Stid has done a great job since he got here,” offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said via video conference Tuesday. “He’s a great kid and loves the game football. Works really hard. Has put a lot of time and effort into his craft. He’s really an unselfish guy. Competed his butt off this whole year trying to learn and improve as a football player.
“Really continues to work really hard and prepare just as he would if he was starting, which is what he did last year as a rookie. He’s an unselfish guy. He will do anything to help the team. Practices well, practices hard, prepares every week to be ready to go. I have a lot of confidence in Jarrett and I see a lot of growth in him each week that he’s here.”
Quarterbacks coach Jedd Fisch has been impressed with how well Stidham has worked with Newton.
“Well Jared has been, he's a pleasure to work with because all he wants to ever do is get better and all he wants to do is improve and find a way to be more a part of playing,” he said. “And he's done a tremendous job there in terms of his work ethic, watching film, spending extra time in the meeting room, spending extra time on the practice field, staying later on the field, making sure pregame warmup he's always available before, you know, before kickoff, so to speak.
“And he's, he's truly motivated to improve and truly motivated to continue to get better. And he's done a really good job of that every day and really has, has really taken to working a lot alongside of Cam and spending a lot of time with him as well. So it's been a real cool thing to watch, and I'm really impressed with how motivated he has continued to be to get better and be, continue to be a participant on the offense.”
Something to watch over the next few weeks is if Stidham can crack the gameday roster and jump Hoyer on the depth chart.