Bill Belichick opens up about Patriots’ current QB situation
The New England Patriots are heading into unchartered waters following the loss of Tom Brady in free agency. Ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft, Bill Belichick opened up about the current quarterback situation in New England.
“Well, we’ve spent quite a bit of time with both Brian and Stid,” Belichick said Monday, via ProFootballTalk. “I think we have a pretty good – [offensive coordinator] Josh [McDaniels] and myself – certainly have a pretty good feel for both those players. The circumstances will be different this year, and we’ll see how everything plays out.”
Following Brady’s decision to leave the Patriots, the only quarterbacks on New England’s current roster are Brian Hoyer and Jarrett Stidham. Hoyer signed with the Patriots earlier this offseason, making this his third stint with the team.
Given Hoyer’s prior knowledge of New England’s offense, that gives the Patriots some insurance at backup. On the other hand, Stidham is entering his second season in the NFL, with a chance to secure the starting job this offseason.
The Patriots selected Stidham with the No. 133 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft out of Auburn. Stidham attempted just four passes in his rookie campaign, with one of them resulting in a pick-six. Nevertheless, Stidham’s teammates have shown confidence in his ability to lead the offense next season.
In free agency, Cam Newton and Jameis Winston remain as options at quarterback, if the Patriots decide to go that route. Or they could choose to add another quarterback to the roster via this year’s draft. While some fans want New England to sign someone, Belichick seems content with the guys he currently has on the roster.