The Patriots’ relationship with its quarterbacks has gone from steady to “it’s complicated.” Jarrett Stidham, who was once perceived as the favorite to start in the post-Tom Brady era, is dealing with a leg injury and it will be several weeks before the QB is 100%, as Mike Giardi of NFL Media relayed. Giardi added that Stidham’s hip is also causing him discomfort.
Stidham had precautionary tests at a local hospital on Thursday and tests came back negative, per Adam Schefter. Nonetheless, Stidham will be limited in practice going forward, which opens the door for Cam Newton to solidify his status as the starter.
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Stidham Struggling in Patriots Practice?
There were reports that Stidham was struggling in camp. The leg injury would provide some reason behind the second-year quarterback’s woes but coach Bill Belichick downplayed that notion.
“I don’t think it’s really good for us as a coaching staff to over-evaluate an individual play when we have so many plays to work with,” Belichick said. “Every player makes mistakes out there, every player gets corrected, every player gets coaching points on things that they can do better, differently. I would say ultimately we’re going to reach a point where we have to really evaluate what the performance is.”
The Patriots’ season opener versus the Dolphins is three weeks from this Sunday.
Chris Crouse contributed to this post