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Don't expect the New England Patriots to add another quarterback any time soon. 

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick seemed to indicate Thursday on NFL Network that New England will roll into the summer with their current quarterback group the way it is. That means Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer will lead the way while Brian Lewerke and J'Mar Smith will look to impress in their first year with the organization.

“Stid worked really hard last year,” Belichick told NFL Network's Rich Eisen. “He was our backup quarterback the entire season, and I know he’s working hard in the offseason. I know he’s made a lot of progress in terms of understanding our offense and understanding opponent defenses like all players do from Year 1 to Year 2.

“I’m sure he will get out there and be ready to go, be prepared, compete hard, and we’ll see where it takes us.”

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There have been consistent reports of the Patriots not wanting to add former Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, and now it seems like those rumors can be put to rest... for now. 

 

Stidham and Hoyer are more than capable of handling the workload in 2020, even if there's reason to believe otherwise. Although he didn't start a single game for the Patriots in 2019, Stidham had a solid 2018 campaign with Auburn. The former Tiger threw for 2,794 yards and 18 touchdowns while completing 60.7 percent of his passes and adding three rushing touchdowns in his final collegiate season. 

If things don't work out with Stidham, Belichick can turn to Hoyer who has started 38 games in his 11-year career. The veteran quarterback has thrown for 10,274 yards, 52 touchdowns and 34 interceptions in those 11 years, but went 0-1 last season with 372 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions. 

As for Lewerke and Smith, we likely won't see either of them suit up for the Patriots in 2020, but they're both solid players to have on the depth chart. 

With Michigan State last season, Lewerke threw for 3,079 yards and 17 touchdowns while adding 363 yards and three touchdowns rushing. Similarly, Smith threw for 2,977 yards and 18 touchdowns last season with Lousiana Tech while adding 264 yards and four touchdowns rushing. 

Believe it or not, things could be a lot worse for the Patriots in 2020... we'll just have to wait and see how things go for Belichick's squad when the season begins.