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Jarrett Stidham looks good in Patriots debut

Mike Florio and Chris Simms look at the latest info on Tom Brady's new contract which will allow the Patriots QB to become a free agent in 2020.

Brian Hoyer is still standing there, so the Patriots have a backup quarterback they can trust to a certain degree.

But the next project had a good debut, with rookie Jarrett Stidham turning in a solid performance in the opener against the Lions.

The fourth-round rookie was 14-of-24 for 179 yards and a touchdown, and but for a few dropped passes the numbers would have been better.

I had a great time,” Stidham said, via Mike Reiss of “This is my first NFL experience, getting to play. There are a lot of things to improve on, but overall it was a lot of fun. It was a great experience.”

While Hoyer would doubtless get the call if anything happened to the 42-year-old Brady, Stidham is an interesting commodity for the Patriots, who have developed and flipped young quarterbacks before.

With Brady already old and effectively on a one-year contract, the future is a very real consideration for them this preseason.