Patriots' Jarrett Stidham receives vote of confidence from team captain

There is still a huge question mark as to who is going to replace Tom Brady for the New England Patriots once the 2020 season begins but one quarterback received a huge vote of confidence Sunday.

Devin McCourty, a captain on the Patriots, said on his “Double Coverage” podcast with his twin brother and teammate Jason McCourty that Jarrett Stidham has the ability to lead the offense.

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“To me, the best thing for Stiddy was that he had to go against our defense every week. He didn't have it easy,” McCourty said. “I love his poise. I would be faking a blitz sometimes and we'd make eye contact and he'd just start smiling and laughing.

“To me, there were weeks where he was just on-point. And those were some of our best weeks as a defense, mainly because Stiddy ate us up in practice leading up to the game, and I think put more pressure on us. So I really admire just how hard he works, and then I've got to know him off the field as well. He's a really good guy. Young guy, but very mature. He's married. I think the Stidhams are going to be in New England for a long time.”

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Stidham is a 23-year-old from Auburn who the Patriots drafted in the fourth round last year. He didn’t have a great debut in 2019. He played briefly in Week 3 against the New York Jets.

He was 2-for-3 with 14 passing yards and threw an interception, which was returned for a touchdown. He would appear in a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 5 and threw one pass: an incompletion. He played his second game against the Jets in Week 7 and took five snaps. He had two rushing yards.

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The Patriots also signed Brian Hoyer of the weekend, adding another potential dimension to the quarterback battle.