Patriots QB Jarrett Stidham claims he isn’t thinking about Tom Brady’s future
Jarrett Stidham is currently the New England Patriots‘ backup quarterback, but all of that can change in the blink of an eye if Tom Brady decides to leave the Patriots in free agency this offseason.
While that is certainly something that you would think would be on Stidham’s mind constantly, the youngster says that he isn’t really thinking about it right now:
“Right now, I can’t really think too much about all of that,” said Stidham, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN.com. “I have to worry about what I need to do to prepare to enhance my game, to learn as much as I possibly can. That’s the biggest thing I’ve focused on, making a big stride from Year 1 to Year 2.”
Stidham, who played his collegiate football at Auburn, was selected by the Patriots in the fourth round (133rd pick overall) of the NFL Draft last April.
He only made three appearances this season, completing two of his four passes to go along with an interception, but New England seems to have high hopes for Stidham moving forward.
Of course, Stidham’s playing time could increase exponentially in 2020 if Brady decides to walk.
There has been a whole lot of chatter about Brady potentially departing the Pats for another club in March. Although, at this point, it appears to be more speculation than anything else.
But one thing is for sure: the Patriots do seem to view Stidham as Brady’s successor for whenever Brady decides to move on. Whether that occurs this offseason remains to be seen.