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ESPN thinks Auburn QB Jarrett Stidham would be a solid fit for Patriots

Jarrett Stidham, Patriots

The New England Patriots have Tom Brady but he isn’t going to play forever, and the team needs to start about who will replace him when he decides to hang up his cleats.

Matt Bowen of ESPN thinks that Auburn Tigers quarterback Jarrett Stidham is the perfect candidate to take over that role. Bowen studied Stidham’s mechanics, and what throws he’s most comfortable with and thinks that Stidham is ideal for playing under Josh McDaniels.

“I focused on [Stidham’s] mechanics and mobility, plus the intermediate accuracy and how well he anticipates middle-of-the-field throws,” Bowen of ESPN said. “The New England system under offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels? It’s a fit for Stidham given McDaniels’ game plans, which target opposing defenses underneath — using play-action pass and the dropback game — while picking spots to challenge vertically or up the seams.

Bowen seems Stidham is a number two right now but thinks sitting behind Brady for a couple of years and learning about the NFL could make him a perfect candidate to be the future of the Patriots.

“I see a prospect here who grades out as a No. 2 with more growth potential in the right system. In New England, where the Patriots need a young quarterback to work with behind veteran Tom Brady, Stidham is a quality fit. He is a smooth thrower with the makeup to succeed in today’s pro game.”

He is still unpolished, but he showed flashes at Auburn of a guy with good mechanics who could thrive in the right system.