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James White 'confident' in whoever starts at QB for Patriots in 2020

James White 'confident' in whoever starts at QB for Patriots in 2020

The New England Patriots will soon embark on a new era without Tom Brady as their starting quarterback, and another one of the team's leaders has faith in the players most likely to follow in the six-time Super Bowl champion's footsteps.

The Patriots currently have two quarterbacks on their roster -- Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer -- following Thursday's release of veteran Cody Kessler

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Patriots running back James White, who's won three Super Bowl titles in his six seasons in New England, spoke to reporters Thursday in a Zoom video conference. He was asked about the team's quarterback situation post-Brady, and the veteran running back has no qualms about who might start at the position.

“It'll be a little different," White said. "I played with (Brady) my whole career, so I learned a lot from that guy. We appreciated him as a teammate, we all learned a lot from him. Guys come and go each and every year, so you have to be able to compete with new people. We’re confident in Stidham, confident in Hoyer, whoever it happens to be.”

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Stidham is the favorite to win the starting job. He didn't get many regular season reps as Brady's backup in 2019, but the rookie QB did impress during the first-team reps he received in training camp and the preseason. The 2019 fourth-round pick completed 67.8 percent of his passes for 731 yards with four touchdowns and one interception over four preseason appearances.

“He came in and competed right away,” White said of Stidham. “Our offense can be pretty complex, and he was willing to learn, willing to take the coaching. He keeps fighting no matter what the situation is. The second year, he’ll come in ready to learn. We’re all competing trying to make each other better football players, be on the same page on offense so we can all help each other out.”

Patriots leaders have been full of praise for Stidham over the last two weeks. Team captains such as Devin McCourty and Matthew Slater have praised the young quarterback's poise, maturity and work ethic, among other attributes.

NFL players rip league's postgame jersey swap policy for next season

NFL players rip league's postgame jersey swap policy for next season

A tradition that became popular in international soccer has become a staple of NFL postgames in recent years, but it might not be allowed during the 2020 season.

Swapping jerseys with an opponent is now commonplace in North American professional sports leagues. We often see younger players swap jerseys with veterans who they grew up watching. Former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is a sought-after player for the postgame jersey swap. Multiple players from the Washington Redskins asked for his No. 12 jersey after a Week 5 game last season.

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Well, unfortunately for NFL players, swapping jerseys could be banned in the upcoming season as the league tries to implement social distancing measures amid the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the NFL and NFLPA have not yet agreed on all of the medical protocols for gamedays. NFL Media's Tom Pelissero reported the latest information Thursday:

Players were not pleased with this development, to say the least.

One of the most outspoken players was San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman, who tweeted the following message. It earned a retweet from Patriots running back James White, among other players.

Many other players were not afraid to share their displeasure with the jersey swap potentially being banned. Here are some of those reactions:

With opposition so strong and coming from several of the league's stars, it'll be interesting to see if the league eventually eases up and allows jersey swaps to happen as normal next season.

WATCH: Cam Newton, N'Keal Harry meet for first workout as Patriots teammates

WATCH: Cam Newton, N'Keal Harry meet for first workout as Patriots teammates

Cam Newton is wasting no time getting to know his New England Patriots wide receivers.

The new Patriots quarterback, who officially signed a one-year contract with the team Wednesday, linked up with wideout Mohamed Sanu last week for a few throwing sessions in Los Angeles.

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This Wednesday, it was N'Keal Harry's turn to catch passes from Newton, according to Boston.com, which obtained video of the duo's L.A. workout from EBA Sports.

The video shows Newton meeting Harry for the first time as a member of the Patriots before throwing the second-year receiver a handful of passes.

Newton and Harry worked out together for about two hours and were later joined by Cleveland Browns star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., per Boston.com.

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Harry has been working hard this offseason to improve his game after a disappointing rookie campaign. The Patriots' 2019 first-round pick appeared in just seven games last season due to a nagging ankle injury, catching 12 passes on 24 targets for 105 yards and two touchdowns.

It's encouraging to see the 22-year-old on the practice field with Newton, who's aiming to bounce back from his own foot injury that limited him to two games in 2019.

Newton will have to beat out second-year QB Jarrett Stidham for the starting job, and it appears he's eager to get started while developing chemistry with his new pass-catchers.