David Andrews believes in Jarrett Stidham

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Patriots center David Andrews and quarterback Jarrett Stidham have something in common: They each spent nearly all of 2019 not playing.

Andrews had a health condition; Stidham was stuck behind Tom Brady. This year, Andrews is healthy and Brady is gone. So Stidham will likely be the guy sticking his hands into the undercarriage of Andrews on a regular basis.

“Jarrett is a great kid,” Andrews told reporters on Tuesday. “I was still able, especially during the season at times, we would hang out a lot and stuff. Whatever quarterback is in that room, I try to build a bond with them, whether it’s Jimmy [Garoppolo], Brian [Hoyer], Danny Etling. Whoever is in there, you try to build a bond, because it’s obviously one play away from anyone playing. That’s just the way it is. I look back on my rookie year and can remember the growth I saw from my rookie season to my second year and how the games start to click a little bit and make sense a little bit more. So, that for all those players is just a natural thing coming from that first to second year.

“Your first year is such a whirlwind. It’s such a long year from going from bowl games to training to Combine to Pro Day to OTAs, minicamps, all that, to training camp. For a year, it’s nonstop. The growth from your first to your second year is so huge. So we’ll bring in great players, Coach Belichick brings in great football players, and we have a lot of great guys in this locker room that are committed to winning. So that’s the tradition from guys and how they handle situations.”

And that’s why the Patriots haven’t made a move for a veteran free agent with name recognition. Belichick trusts his system, trusts his players, trusts his way. Belichick drafted Stidham because Belichick believed in Stidham. Belichick kept Stidham because Belichick’s belief in Stidham was bolstered by his performance.

Belichick has put Stidham atop the unofficial depth chart because Belichick believes Stidham can get it done as the starting quarterback. Belichick and the rest of us will find out whether his believe is accurate soon enough.

26 responses to “David Andrews believes in Jarrett Stidham

  1. Stidham is barely average but I too believe he will have success in New England. How much success? We don’t know yet.

  2. Bill Belichek’s plan won’t be revealed until the preseason when we finally get to see Jarrett Stidham in action. He’s either Kurt Warner as a secret gem, or Bill has his sights set on the #1 pick in the 2021 draft!

  3. What do you expect him to say, “ I think he’ll wilt under pressure?”. Belichick can’t will championships and don’t expect Stidham to either.

  4. the team has lost so many players on both sides, coaches too, they are cap tight and have no camp , yeah, they won’t be great right away, but I bet whithin 2-3 years they are right back to winning way more than they lose- big run game/ game mgmt for stidham this year, won’t truly know what he is until after next season, there shall be no tanking whatsoever- clowns be sayin stuff all the time and they are almost always wrong- where is Dalton? hwere is Brady for that matter?

  5. As a lifetime Pats fan and one who puts Tom Brady above every other athlete in Boston history I am looking forward to Stidham and am happy Brady is no longer with the team. Brady began to view himself and his brand as bigger than the team and obviously was holding back the younger players on offense. He is now off to Tampa for a bogus or abbreviated season while Stidham gets a year under his belt and the Pats look to win and rebuild at the same time. In 2021 the Pats are as of today 91 million under the cap. Anyone who thinks the Patriots will not contend in the future is fooling themselves.

  6. This has been clear since he beat Hoyer and became Brady’s SOLE backup for 2019. And confirmed when Hoyer was brought back as the vet cover, not least because he’s a true teamer who had already helped Stidham last spring. And now that Pats only other QB hires are UDFA projects, the media are finally catching up.

  7. Can’t believe Belichik’s mindset is to waste a season for the #1 pick next year. Ego won’t allow it. Without Brady and proven weapons with a 2nd year QB if they go 6-10 or 8-8 his legacy will just grow, it will never be dented even with the cheating allegations, legit or not. Their defense will keep them in the majority of games.

  8. Look at this from their point. No wiggle room for salary cap, and a QB the coaches like. Do you start sacrificing cap space for next year to bring in a QB who may be a marginal improvement to no improvement or stay put? Its economics, QBs take up a chunk of the salary cap and this kid is on a rookie contract. He knows their offense and he earns less than a million (I think). Even if Newton or Dalton sign for cheap, Stidham knows the offense already and Newton/Dalton are MORE money than Stidham and more money on the salary cap. They have Hoyer as insurance, he knows the offense (like a Matt Cassel). I doubt Hoyer would have same success as Cassel because of his surroundings but I think they like Hoyer and Stidham. The best case is Stidham or Hoyer leads them to the playoffs, if it is Stidham then they have a QB under contract for 2 years for cheap. If its Hoyer, then they make it to the postseason and can draft a QB next season. Worst case they are horrible (which I doubt they are, they could be below average but I doubt they are HORRIBLE). In that case they waive Stidham or Hoyer and draft a QB. My guess is they win somewhere between 6 and 10 games, prioritizing defense and risk adverse offense. Its a great long term thing for them to do, and in the short term is Stidham is good it could be a great long term thing as well because they have so much cap room next season. I would love Brissett or Garappolo but if they like Stidham, let’s see how he plays. They could be wrong they are human but that’s their choice to make.

  9. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    May 5, 2020 at 8:08 pm
    Stidham is barely average but I too believe he will have success in New England. How much success? We don’t know yet.

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    You don’t know much of anything. Stidham is unknown. What IS known is he fought for his playing time, and seems to be a guy who does the work without the fanfare. Sounds like somebody who used to play QB for the Pats. I don’t know why you say average without seeing much of anything.

  10. newbombturk says:
    May 5, 2020 at 8:40 pm
    Can’t believe Belichik’s mindset is to waste a season for the #1 pick next year. Ego won’t allow it. Without Brady and proven weapons with a 2nd year QB if they go 6-10 or 8-8 his legacy will just grow, it will never be dented even with the cheating allegations, legit or not. Their defense will keep them in the majority of games.

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    yep.

    Except the “allegations” were debunked years ago and/or at the time
    when Goodell got exposed just like with Framegate II.

    Some people are so jealous they can’t have BB, they just lash out from fear of him possibly already having his guy and having it figured it out already.

    No worse than 10-6, probably 11-5 and win the division.

  11. If you look at Stidham’s highlight reals from college he was surrounded by receivers that could go up, or twist, and get the ball. Beyond Edelman we didn’t see anyone who could do that on the 2019 Pats. Therefore I’m expecting to see Hoyer too this season.

  12. blah blah blah. think i’ll just let bill handle it, what with all his rings and all.

  13. daddeeo says:
    May 5, 2020 at 9:57 pm
    If you look at Stidham’s highlight reals from college he was surrounded by receivers that could go up, or twist, and get the ball. Beyond Edelman we didn’t see anyone who could do that on the 2019 Pats. Therefore I’m expecting to see Hoyer too this season.

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    “reals”?

    Sweet spelling skills.

    Hint: BB molds his teams to the style of players he has. Stidham was a fish out of water in a bad system for him in college after transferring out from the Baylor sex scandal. This is well documented, so you should be watching Baylor footage to answer your questions.

    Lastly, you are not smarter or more experienced at analyzing football than BB.

    Thanks for your Mel Kiperesque comments, though.

  14. I am REALLY going to enjoy all the bitter tears that we will soon see on here when Stidham lights it up (well, for his 1st year as the starter that is)
    I’m projecting :
    4000 + yards
    34 TD’s
    300+ yds rushing w/5 TD’s
    9 INT’s
    10-6 record, MAYBE 11-5

  15. bajer says:
    May 5, 2020 at 8:15 pm
    the team has lost so many players on both sides, coaches too, they are cap tight and have no camp , yeah, they won’t be great right away, but I bet whithin 2-3 years they are right back to winning way more than they lose- big run game/ game mgmt for stidham this year, won’t truly know what he is until after next season, there shall be no tanking whatsoever- clowns be sayin stuff all the time and they are almost always wrong- where is Dalton? hwere is Brady for that matter?

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    Brady and Van Noy are certainly big names, and obviously Brady’s, but neither player is not replaced with someone already in mind that was already there.

    Stidham is the guy and its his job to lose. Will he do better than 54% compl rate? Odds say yes.

    Can John Simon play a good 3-4 strong side OLB when they want it? Yep.

    The “losses” you claim are not as horrible as you claim. In fact, they get guys back that missed the season last year and will likely be healthier. They’re clearly faster on paper.

  16. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    May 5, 2020 at 8:08 pm
    Stidham is barely average but I too believe he will have success in New England. How much success? We don’t know yet.

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    You don’t know much of anything. Stidham is unknown. What IS known is he fought for his playing time, and seems to be a guy who does the work without the fanfare. Sounds like somebody who used to play QB for the Pats. I don’t know why you say average without seeing much of anything.

    Of course patsfan4life doesn’t know anything about Stidham. He’s not even a Patriots fan. He’s making comments on a player that’s thrown 4 passes in the NFL.

  17. Stidham was drafted before Brady skipped 2019 OTAs and cast the die, so the succession issue has nothing to do with the draft.

    Though it was against pre-season second-stringers, Stidham made UDFA Jacobi Meyers look like a star – easily good enough to make the team. Not as much Meyers success with Brady.

    Harry and Meyers and the rest will do better, without Brady’s head-spinning attitude. More relaxed youthful empathy. And it will be fun to watch Gunner again.

  18. docsmith54 says:
    May 5, 2020 at 11:13 pm
    Stidham was drafted before Brady skipped 2019 OTAs and cast the die, so the succession issue has nothing to do with the draft.

    Though it was against pre-season second-stringers, Stidham made UDFA Jacobi Meyers look like a star – easily good enough to make the team. Not as much Meyers success with Brady.

    Harry and Meyers and the rest will do better, without Brady’s head-spinning attitude. More relaxed youthful empathy. And it will be fun to watch Gunner again.

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    Brady’s tude ruined the season. He was out it after Brown was cut.

  19. He was really good in that one quarter of that one preseason game last year…Super Bowl for JS4.

  20. kissbillsrings says:
    May 5, 2020 at 10:29 pm
    I am REALLY going to enjoy all the bitter tears that we will soon see on here when Stidham lights it up (well, for his 1st year as the starter that is)
    I’m projecting :
    4000 + yards
    34 TD’s
    300+ yds rushing w/5 TD’s
    9 INT’s
    10-6 record, MAYBE 11-5

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    the pats dynasty is dead, stick a fork in them, stidham is an ok QB at best. they wanted hurts but the eagles put the kibosh on that. its amazing how quickly you so called fans turned on brady. the pressure alone on stidham will crush him like a grape.

  21. Patriots fan is in for a rude awakening. If cartons of Marb Reds go on sale, they might survive the season.

  22. I remember when the chiefs said they believed in Matt cassell. Yeah, Matt cassell sucked.

  23. Brian Hahn says:
    May 6, 2020 at 12:51 am

    the pats dynasty is dead, stick a fork in them, stidham is an ok QB at best. they wanted hurts but the eagles put the kibosh on that. its amazing how quickly you so called fans turned on brady. the pressure alone on stidham will crush him like a grape.

    Stidham has thrown all of FOUR passes in the NFL but yet you somehow know he’s just an ok QB. Please tell me what your assessment is based on. Look I have no idea how the guy will do but I’m at least going to let him play before proclaiming him anything.

  24. The Patriots are going to suck this season. The Patriots have no weapons offensively and they’re starting a 1st year QB who wasn’t good in college and who promptly threw an INT last season when given a chance to play, his only chance after BB saw him on the field. On top of have a crappy offense the Bills play a very hard schedule having to play against the best division in football in the NFC-W and the AFC-W which is no cake walk, and they play in a vastly improved AFC-E where both the Jets and Bills look to have superior teams, and all 3 AFC-E teams have superior QB’s. The Patriots are in for a long , grueling season. Nobody fears the 2020 Pats.

  25. the pats dynasty is dead, stick a fork in them, stidham is an ok QB at best. they wanted hurts but the eagles put the kibosh on that. its amazing how quickly you so called fans turned on brady. the pressure alone on stidham will crush him like a grape.
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    LOL…. yeah, they wanted Hurts sooooooo bad they drafted a safety 1st instead…..& BRADY. will always be loved by Pats fans, nobody has turned on anyone…. Brady, himself, chose to move on & so are we, its as simple as that….I said it the second we drafted him in the 4th round that we just got our future face of the franchise & STEAL OF THE DRAFT….. Jarrett is going to create his own legacy & Bill will help him do just that…. no pressure, just exciting times ahead for him & us Pats fans….CAN’T WAIT !!!!!

  26. I personally have enjoyed watched the media for the last 6 months. First it was “Brady is old and washed up”. Then Brady announced he was in fact done in NE. Then those same people began their “Brady is playing elite level football, he can be a difference maker for my team, I hope my team signs him…” routine. Typical.

    At the same time that was happening, there was a LOT of “hahaha, finally, the Pats are done, Yes!!!!” going on. And they chuckled and laughed and said “Bill has no plan, its obvious he has no plan or he would sign Cam, he would trade for Dalton, he would trade up and draft Tua…”. Doing none of those things proved they were right, Bill forgot how to build a team. The Pats are done! Thank god! But, not so fast…

    Since the draft, you can see the fear setting in, as it has started to dawn on these writers. “Oh crap, Bill has been all in on Stidham since last year.”. Bill has put together an OLine that will be able to run on anyone in the league. He has running backs that can do everything (and a “redshirt” rookie in Harris). Bill has rebuilt the 2001 Patriots, and has $100 million in cap space next year. Now, these writers are terrified, and you can see them all writing these stories about how bad Stidham will be, how they are tanking for Trevor, etc, as they try to convince themselves Bill hasnt recreated the team that started it all…

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