|Team:||New England Patriots|
|Ht / Wt:||6'2" / 218 lb.|
|Born:||August 8, 1996|
|Drafted:||2019 / Rd. 4 (133)|
Stidham finished the 2020 season with 22 completions on 44 passing attempts for 256 yards, with two TDs and three interceptions in five appearances.
Analysis: Stidham, who also logged seven carries for seven yards, spent the bulk of the campaign as Cam Newton's top backup and remains under contract with New England through the 2022 season. The future role of the 2019 fourth-rounder has yet to be determined, with the Patriots facing plenty of offseason personnel decisions, including whether or not to try to retain Newton, who's eligible to become an unrestricted free agent. The team could also look elsewhere in free agency and the draft, so it's way too early to get a handle of Stidham's 2021 fantasy prospects.
Stidham completed four of 11 passes for 44 yards in Monday night's 38-9 loss to the Bills, when he entered the game on the Patriots' second drive in the third quarter in place of teammate Cam Newton.
Analysis: Stidham was called into the game after Newton struggled before him, completing five of 10 passes for just 34 yards. Although Newton did score another rushing touchdown, New England's inability to build drives, along with the state of Monday's blowout defeat, presented an opportunity to get Stidham some game reps. With little to play for in Week 17 versus the Jets, the Pats could well decide to start and evaluate Stidham to close the campaign, but official word should be worthwhile to watch for over the course of the week.
Stidham could get playing time over the final two weeks of the regular season, Ryan Hannable of WEEI.com reports.
Analysis: Bill Belichick never wavered in his commitment to Cam Newton as the starting quarterback while the Patriots were competing for a playoff spot, but the coach sounded a bit more open to the idea of playing Stidham after Sunday's loss to Miami officially ended the longshot wild-card bid. In fact, Belichick said "we'll see" when reporters asked him if he'd take a look at Stidham over the final two weeks of the season. The coach has a bit of extra time to make his decision on a Week 16 starters, as the Patriots will host the Bills on Monday Night Football.
Coach Bill Belichick confirmed Friday that the Patriots have no plans to install Stidham as their starting QB at this time, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.
Analysis: Stidham replaced veteran signal-caller Cam Newton with 10:12 remaining in Thursday night's 24-3 loss to the Rams and proceeded to complete five of seven passes for 27 yards. Despite Newton's struggles in Week 14, the Patriots have no plans to make a QB switch in advance of the team's Dec. 20 tilt against the Dolphins. At 6-7, New England's playoff hopes are slim, but it's clear that Belichick believes Newton gives the team a better chance to win at this stage of the season.
Stidham entered Thursday night's 24-3 loss to the Rams with 10:12 remaining and completed five of seven passes for 27 yards while adding one rush for three yards.
Analysis: The second-year signal-caller saw fourth-quarter action for the second time in four days, but the context was significantly different Thursday. In Sunday's 45-0 win over the Chargers, Stidham came in for mop-up duty for a resting Cam Newton, while Thursday, it could easily be inferred the substitution took place as a result of Newton's ineffectiveness as much as anything else. With Newton also dealing with what appears to be a nagging abdomen injury that may not necessarily completely heal despite the extended time between Thursday and a Week 15 matchup against the Dolphins on Dec. 20, Stidham appears to have a reasonable chance of taking the reins of the offense for that contest. However, given the Patriots' typically secretive nature about personnel, there may not be any insight until New England officially begins preparations for that contest sometime next week.
Stidham completed two of three passes for 61 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 45-0 win over the Chargers.
Analysis: The 24-year-old took over during the fourth quarter with New England leading 38-0, and he found Gunner Olszewski for a 38-yard touchdown for the final score of the day. Stidham previously saw game action Week 7 with the Patriots on the other end of the blowout, and he should continue to operate as the team's No. 2 quarterback while Cam Newton remains healthy.
After replacing Cam Newton early in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 33-6 loss to the 49ers, Stidham completed 6 of 10 pass attempts for 64 yards and a pick.
Analysis: Per ESPN's Mike Reiss, coach Bill Belichick noted that he took Newton out of Sunday's game (with the Patriots trailing by 27 points) in order to give Stidham more experience, adding that he's "absolutely" staying with Newton as the team's starting QB heading into Week 8 .
Stidham is slated to back up Cam Newton in Sunday's game against the Broncos, Erik Scalavino of the Patriots' official site reports.
Analysis: The team made veteran QB Brian Hoyer inactive Sunday, which confirms that Stidham is now viewed as the team's top backup signal caller now that Newton is back in action following a one-game absence.
Stidham's teammate, Cam Newton, was removed from the Patriots' reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.
Analysis: With that, Newton is in line to start Sunday's game against the Broncos, while Stidham is now slated to revert to a backup role in Week 6, along with fellow QB Brian Hoyer.
Stidham is expected to start at quarterback for the Patriots in Monday's game against the Broncos if Cam Newton (illness) isn't cleared to return from the reserve/COVID-19 list in advance of the contest, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports.
Analysis: Newton is believed to be asymptomatic since testing positive for the coronavirus Oct. 3 and has been participating in the Patriots' Zoom meetings this week, but at this point, he's uncertain to clear all COVID-19-related protocols prior to Monday's game. If Newton is sidelined for a second straight game, the Patriots appear inclined to turn to Stidham rather than Brian Hoyer, who started in last week's 26-10 loss to the Chiefs. Hoyer (15 for 24 for 130 yards, no touchdowns, one interception and a lost fumble) struggled to move the offense before he was pulled in the third quarter in favor Stidham, who proceeded to throw a touchdown pass to N'Keal Harry before being picked off on two occasions in the fourth quarter. Stidham's showing appears to have been encouraging enough to move him ahead of Hoyer in the pecking order, but the former would still probably rank as a low-end option in two-quarterback leagues if Newton is forced to miss time.
Stidham entered the Patriots' 26-10 loss to the Chiefs on Monday night with 42 seconds remaining in the third quarter and completed five of 13 passes for 60 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. He also gained three yards on two rushes.
Analysis: Stidham took over for Brian Hoyer and had an eventful last quarter-plus. The second-year signal-caller saw his first pass attempt picked off by Tyrann Mathieu, but the interception was subsequent nullified by a pass interference penalty. However, he'd have no such luck later in the evening, when Mathieu got his hands on a ball that deflected off Julian Edelman's hands and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown with 8:48 remaining. Stidham's one bright spot came on a four-yard touchdown toss -- the first of his career -- to N'Keal Harry to cap off his first drive early in the fourth quarter. With Hoyer not doing much to stand out in his own right Monday, it's possible Stidham gets the starting nod in Week 5 against the Broncos if Cam Newton (illness) remains sidelined for that contest.
Stidham won't get the call in place of Cam Newton (illness) if the Patriots' Week 4 game against the Chiefs goes ahead, as Brian Hoyer will get the nod instead, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Positive COVID-19 tests on both teams, including Newton, caused the game to be postponed. The NFL hopes to merely delay the game by a day or two, though that was the initial plan regarding the Titans/Steelers contest as well, which eventually got cancelled and will be made up during a later week. In either case, Stidham is still another injury away from starting snaps.
Stidham and the Patriots will not play the Chiefs during their scheduled Sunday time although the NFL hopes to move the game to Monday or Tuesday after players from both sides tested positive for COVID-19.
Analysis: Stidham might be thrust into a pivotal role should the game eventually be played after Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Cam Newton had tested positive for COVID-19. Chiefs practice squad QB, Jordan Ta'amu, also tested positive for COVID-19 according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, thus kicking-starting the delay. Brian Hoyer had been the only active QB besides Newton for the Patriots through the first three weeks, but it was Stidham who was projected to be the starting signal caller prior to the offseason signing of former MVP. If this game is played Monday or Tuesday, it's not clear who will act as the starting QB as of this moment.
Stidham (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game versus the Raiders, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Stidham is the No. 3 quarterback behind Cam Newton and Brian Hoyer, so he'll watch Sunday's game in street clothes. Newton is the unequivocal starting QB for the Patriots, and as long as he stays healthy, Stidham -- a 2019 fourth-round pick -- will focus on developing this season.
Stidham (hip) wasn't listed on Wednesday's injury report.
Analysis: Stidham lost the starting job to Cam Newton during training camp, but he'll be available as a backup for Sunday's game season opener the Dolphins. We have yet to see much of Stidham, as he threw just four passes in his 2019 rookie season, but he's on standby in case Newton -- who played just two games last year due to a foot injury -- suffers another injury
Stidham (hip) is no longer in contention to start at QB for the Patriots, following the announcement that Cam Newton has secured the job, Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald reports.
Analysis: Stidham has reportedly been managing a hip issue of late, which didn't help his cause, but Newton has impressed the team's coaching staff since signing with New England and offers a nice mix of talent and experience as the franchise transitions from long-time signal caller Tom Brady. Newton is currently healthy, but he has dealt with injuries in the past, so Stidham -- who remains highly-regarded by the Patriots' brass -- will be on call in the event that Newton finds himself sidelined at any point this season.
Though he's been managing a hip issue, Stidham has been able to practice this week, Mike Dussault of the Patriots' official site reports.
Analysis: The report notes that the QB saw his most extensive work of late during Thursday's practice session. Though the Patriots have yet to name a starting QB, the general consensus among the team's local beat writers is that Cam Newton has pulled away in the competition.
Stdiham (hip) got more work at Tuesday's practice, but he still doesn't appear fully healthy, according to Ryan Hannable of WEEI.com.
Analysis: Meanwhile, Cam Newton is drawing strong reviews from New England beat writers, solidifying his status as the favorite for the Week 1 start. Stidham still has a bit of time to make his case, but the nagging hip/leg injury isn't helping.
Stidham (hip) practiced Sunday, but didn't participate in team drills, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: While Stidham reportedly deals with some hip/leg discomfort, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com suggested Sunday that "it feels like Stidham's status in the QB picture is fading the last two practices." Meanwhile Howe notes that Newton, the favorite to be the team's No. 1 QB in Week 1, has "sustained momentum from the end of last week." That's a notion echoed by Andrew Callahan of The Springfield Republican, who believes that Newton is on "the fast track" to becoming the team's starting signal-caller.
NFL Network's Mike Giardi notes that Stidham has been dealing with some leg/hip discomfort and it could be several weeks before the QB is back to 100 percent, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.
Analysis: That said, this sounds like an issue that Stidham plans to work through, with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels indicating Friday, "I'm pretty sure he'll be ready to roll the next time we practice." Stidham has been competing with Cam Newton for the Patriots' starting QB job. It's a gig that Newton is favored to land, and if Stidham's hip/leg issue persists at all, it won't help his chances of prevailing. On the plus side, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that precautionary tests Stidham took Thursday at a local hospital came back negative
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