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Patriots select Auburn QB Jarrett Stidham with 133rd pick

Patriots select Auburn QB Jarrett Stidham with 133rd pick

With the 133rd pick of the 2019 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots select Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham.

Stidham (6-3) was a two-year starter for the Tigers after transferring from Baylor. In his final season with Auburn, Stidham completed 60.7 percent of his passes with 2,794 yards, 18 touchdowns, and just five interceptions. He posted similar numbers in 2017 and was named the SEC newcomer of the year in his first year at Auburn.

Stidham joins the Patriots' quarterback depth chart that features Tom Brady, Brian Hoyer, and Danny Etling. Stidham could be the heir apparent to Brady.

Phil Perry listed Stidham as one of his prototypical Patriots at the quarterback position. Click here to see what Perry had to say about the Auburn quarterback.

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Could buzz around Dolphins make Tua Tagovailoa an option for Patriots?

Could buzz around Dolphins make Tua Tagovailoa an option for Patriots?

The first few picks of the 2020 NFL Draft seemed predetermined.

The Cincinnati Bengals would take LSU quarterback Joe Burrow at No. 1, and the Miami Dolphins would either trade up to No. 2 to select Tua Tagovailoa or hope the Alabama QB fell to them at No. 5.

But Tagovailoa to Miami apparently is far from a sure thing.

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ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. wrote Tuesday there's "some buzz" around Oregon QB Justin Herbert going to the Dolphins. That's after a report surfaced last week that Miami could try to trade up to the No. 1 pick to take Burrow.

Why the Dolphins' apparent cold feet with Tagovailoa?

The 22-year-old insists he's fully recovered from a broken hip, but as Kiper points out, Miami's team doctors can't conduct their own in-person assessment on his health due to the coronavirus pandemic restricting travel.

That's where the Patriots come in. With 12 picks in this year's draft, including No. 23 overall, New England in theory could consider trading up to draft Tagovailoa, whose college coach, Nick Saban, has a strong connection to Bill Belichick.

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The Boston Globe's Ben Volin resurfaced that idea Tuesday after initially floating it last week.

The Patriots drafting a QB isn't far-fetched; while our Tom E. Curran has reported they're confident in Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer as their QB duo in 2020, the Patriots still could draft a high-upside arm to compete with Stidham in training camp and potentially take the reins if the 23-year-old regresses.

But is Tagovailoa the right fit, and does New England have the draft capital to land him? Even if the Dolphins don't take Tua at No. 5, it's hard to see the QB-needy Los Angeles Chargers passing on him at No. 6.

The Patriots only have two picks in the top 90 (Nos. 23 and 87), so a jump up to No. 6 likely would require them to include a current player in the deal.

As recent history has shown, trading up in the first round to draft a QB can pay off in a big way. It's unclear whether Tagovailoa is worth the risk, but the option seemingly is there for New England.

Tom Brady had simple social media reaction to NFL All-Decade Team honor

Tom Brady had simple social media reaction to NFL All-Decade Team honor

Tom Brady accomplished a rare feat Monday when he was named to the second NFL All-Decade Team of his legendary career.

The former New England Patriots star was one of two quarterbacks (the other was Aaron Rodgers) selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame's official NFL All-Decade Team for the 2010s. Brady won three Super Bowl titles, five AFC championships and two league MVP awards in the last decade. 

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The 42-year-old quarterback also was named to the NFL All-Decade Team for the 2000s, along with former rival Peyton Manning.

Brady's only response (as of this writing) to being named to the latest All-Decade squad came on Instagram, where he responded to the NFL's post on the two quarterbacks included on the roster.

Check out the NFL's Instagram post and Brady's reply below:

Brady wasn't the only former Patriots player named to the 2010s All-Decade Team. 

He was joined by wide receiver Antonio Brown, tight end Rob Gronkowski, left guard Logan Mankins, defensive end Chandler Jones, cornerback Darrelle Revis, return specialist Cordarrelle Patterson and kicker Stephen Gostkowski. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was one of the two coaches selected as well.

The 2020s aren't just a new decade for Brady, they represent the beginning of a new football journey for him. He left the Patriots and signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency last month, and his arrival already has made the NFC South franchise a legitimate Super Bowl contender in the minds of oddsmakers.