Jarrett Stidham gets vote of confidence from vital part of Patriots’ offense
It is now pretty apparent that the New England Patriots will be going with up-and-coming quarterback Jarrett Stidham under center as a result of the 2020-21 campaign. With future Hall of Fame signal-caller Tom Brady currently a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, longtime Patriots head coach Bill Belichick appears to have supreme confidence in Stidham, though he is not the only one.
Patriots center David Andrews also believes in Stidham as the NFL continues to progress in its (virtual) offseason.
“Jarrett is a great kid,” Andrews told reporters on Tuesday, via NBC Sports’ Pro Football Talk. “I was still able, especially during the season at times, we would hang out a lot and stuff. Whatever quarterback is in that room, I try to build a bond with them, whether it’s Jimmy [Garoppolo], Brian [Hoyer], Danny Etling. Whoever is in there, you try to build a bond, because it’s obviously one play away from anyone playing. That’s just the way it is. I look back on my rookie year and can remember the growth I saw from my rookie season to my second year and how the games start to click a little bit and make sense a little bit more. So, that for all those players is just a natural thing coming from that first to second year.”
The Patriots aren’t quite rebuilding despite the fact that New England has been forced to part ways with the aforementioned Brady. As a result, Stidham won’t be heading into the 2020-21 season without any help. However, it can’t be easy to follow Brady, that’s for sure.