New England Patriots backup quarterback Jarrett Stidham has taken the field to finish off the game against the San Francisco 49ers after a terrible outing by Cam Newton. Newton hasn’t been productive through his last two games after returning from his COVID-19 bout, with his performance against the 49ers being the telling sign of the story.

Newton ended his performance against the 49ers completing 9 of 15 passes for 98 yards. The major disappointment of his performance, however, came from his three interceptions. After throwing his third, the writing was on the wall for the Auburn University standout. Stidham will now instead take over under center in his place.

Stidham didn’t have a stupendous outing in his first sight of action against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 4, as he completed an eye sore with 38.5 percent of his passes for 60 yards along with one touchdown. He also threw two interceptions in the contest.

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Newton’s sitting doesn’t signal the end of his time as a starter for the Patriots. Before testing positive for COVID-19, he’d started to increase his will in most games, improving his completion percentage as the weeks went on. After acknowledging that he had some rust to shake off after his poor performance in Week 6 against the Denver Broncos, it doesn’t seem that his statement has translated much into Week 7.

At 31, Newton has completed 68.1 percent of his passes during his time with the Patriots this season for 871 yards. His passing efforts have only led to two touchdowns, however. Where he has excelled, though, is in the rushing game. He’s rushed for 225 yards off 45 carries for five touchdowns this season.