With Tom Brady leaving the New England Patriots after 20 years, it's time to shift the focus to who will replace the six-time Super Bowl champion under center.
Several names have been thrown around as potential fill-ins for Brady, including veterans Cam Newton and Andy Dalton. There's also a chance Bill Belichick looks to the 2020 draft to add another QB to the depth chart.
But what if the answer is already on the roster?
Jarrett Stidham spent his 2019 rookie campaign under Brady's wing after being selected out of Auburn in the fourth round. The 23-year-old didn't get much playing time, and his first season mostly will be remembered for the pick-six he tossed in his NFL debut vs. the New York Jets.
But Patriots fans should erase that moment from their memories and come to terms with the fact Stidham may be their Brady replacement. In the latest Next Pats Podcast, Phil Perry talks with Jim Nagy, executive director of the Reese’s Senior Bowl, about that possibility.
Nagy made it clear he's a big believer in Stidham.
Jarrett's not your typical fourth-rounder. Usually, most fourth-round quarterbacks, you're drafting those guys to be -- if you hit on them as a backup, if they become a number two, you feel really good about it. But he's got so much more arm talent than those guys that typically go there.
Going into last year, I thought Jarrett had a chance to be a first-round guy if you just base it off arm talent and tools. He's up there with all the guys that got drafted last year in the first, the guys that are being talked about this year in the first.
As high on Stidham as he is, Nagy believes it'd still behoove the Patriots to bring in a veteran QB for competition purposes.
Jarrett's really talented. Could [the Patriots] bring in a veteran to compete? Yeah, I think that'd be smart. I don't know if I'd just hand Jarrett the job. But he's definitely got the talent to be a long-term starter in the league.
Nagy also breaks down which players in the draft could fill the voids at various positions for the Patriots. Perry wraps up with his seven-round mock draft.
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