Things headed south for Jarrett Stidham this week as the second-year-pro seems to have definitely fallen behind Cam Newton in the race to be the New England Patriots’ starting quarterback in 2020. In fact, Stidham may even be behind veteran Brian Hoyer at this point.
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Jarrett Stidham Suffers a Hip Injury in Practice
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with each pasing day, it seems as if Jarrett Stidham's chances of winning the Patriots' starting QB job are fading. After having a week that saw him throw 7 interceptions, he was injured on Friday and was limited in practice. The Athletic's Jeff Howe wrote: "The competition took another turn Friday, during a glorified walkthrough, when Stidham was held out due to a hip injury. The 2019 fourth-rounder was overly conservative during groin and hamstring stretches at the start of practice, then didn’t take part during the slow-speed, non-competitive team drills that were split between Newton and Hoyer. The Patriots expect Stidham to fully participate when they return to practice – tentatively scheduled for Sunday – and there isn’t a concern over his long-term prognosis, according to a source." #Patriots #NewEnglandPatriots #PatriotsNations #CamNewton #StephonGilmore #DevinMcCourty #JasonMcCourty #PatrickChung #BrandonBolden #LawrenceGuy #ChaseWinovich #JoshUche #KyleDugger #JoeThuney #JamesHarris #LamarMiller #JarrettStidham #AdamButler #DariusKilgo #DevinAsiasi #DaltonKeene #JulianEdelman #NKealHarry #MohamedSanu #DavidAndrews #BillBelichick #RobertKraft #AFCEast #AFC #NFL
On Friday, Stidham was limited during stretching drills and didn’t participate in the throwing exercises as he had earlier in the week. The reason: an injured hip that sent him to the hospital for evaluation on Thursday night.
As it turned out, Stidham isn’t expected to miss major time, but this was just the latest blow to his chances to beat out Newton and Hoyer on the Patriots’ depth chart.
The Interceptions Are Bigger Than the Injury
While the injury, if it’s a lingering issue, could cause Stidham some obvious issues, the interceptions are perhaps an even bigger problem. No matter the environment, seven interceptions is a lot for anyone to dismiss. While he has completed 72 percent of his throws, the seven turnovers could be the death blow for him, at least at this point in his career.
From the moment the Patriots signed Newton, it appeared he would be the odds-on favorite to win the job. During the first week of padded practices, he, Stidham and Hoyer have all had their moments. However, Newton’s mobility, ball security, and intangibles seem to be out-weighing Hoyer’s steadiness and experience, as well as Stidham’s lively arm.
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