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Former NFL QB claims Patriots’ Jarrett Stidham ‘will be a star’

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There have been a few interesting rumors involving quarterbacks that the New England Patriots could target if Tom Brady chooses to leave in free agency. However, Jordan Palmer believes the Patriots already have their replacement for Brady on the roster. Instead of acquiring someone else, Palmer claims that Jarrett Stidham ‘will be a star’.

“To be clear, I think he is a star, and he is going to be a big-time franchise quarterback,” Palmer said via The Athletic, unprompted. “I have felt that way for a couple years now. I’m totally fine saying that. I don’t care that he went fourth round (of the 2019 draft). I think he is legitimate. He is going to be the leader of New England for a long time, whenever that starts. Go ahead and jump on that bandwagon.”

As free agency looms, fans in New England are curious to see if Brady decides to end his career elsewhere. In the event that Brady does sign with another team, the Patriots need to have a contingency plan in place. According to Palmer, a former NFL quarterback himself, Stidham should be included in that plan.

During last year’s draft, the Patriots selected Stidham in the fourth round of the draft. Over the course of his rookie campaign, Stidham attempted only four passes, completing two of them for 14 yards and an interception.

Above all, Stidham was active for only three games while the team signed Cody Kessler to be the No. 3 quarterback on the depth chart. Even though Stidham hasn’t proved himself yet, Palmer thinks he could be a franchise quarterback if given the opportunity.