Stephon Gilmore speaks out on Jarrett Stidham’s improvement with Patriots
With Tom Brady no longer in the picture, the New England Patriots are faced with an unfamiliar situation at quarterback. While the Patriots decide on who is going to replace Brady, Stephon Gilmore spoke about Jarrett Stidham’s improvement with New England in 2019:
“He came in and worked hard and got better and better as the year went on. He has a strong arm,” Gilmore said via Mike Reiss of ESPN. “He makes some tough throws. Definitely made it hard on me in practice each and every week, going against whoever I was covering, making some great throws. It allowed me to get better in practice to prepare for the games.”
Following Brady’s departure in free agency, the Patriots are left with Stidham, Brian Hoyer, and Cody Kessler at quarterback. Given that Stidham is the youngest of the trio, New England may side with him next season.
Last offseason, the Patriots selected Stidham in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft. As a rookie, Stidham served as a backup to Brady, picking up bits and pieces of knowledge from the future Hall of Famer.
Gilmore, a two-time All-Pro and arguably the best cornerback in football, says that he was challenged by Stidham in practice. Even though he suited up in just three games, Stidham has received quite the endorsement from Gilmore.
There have been rumors that the Patriots could pursue Cam Newton or Jameis Winston in free agency. On the contrary, New England and Gilmore seem confident in Stidham leading the offense in 2020.