Posted: 5/23/2020 8:10 pm UTC
Former New England Patriots DL Rob Ninkovich (retired) believes QB Brian Hoyer will be under center for Week 1 of the 2020 season, instead of QB Jarrett Stidham. 'Look, when you're a second-year player, you really don't realize what a season's like as a starter,' Ninkovich said. 'You don't understand what it's going to take, and not having an offseason does not help. So, Brian Hoyer will be the starter Week 1.' Ninkovich also touted Hoyer's experience both as an NFL starter and in the Patriots' offensive system as reasons he should get the Week 1 start.
Huddle Up: Neither Hoyer nor Stidham will enter the season with much fantasy upside. Whoever gets the call is likely to be a low-level QB2.
Posted: 5/08/2020 1:30 am UTC
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said Thursday, May 7, he's content with the team's options at quarterback after signing undrafted free-agent QBs Brian Lewerke and J'Mar Smith to go with Brian Hoyer and Jarrett Stidham. 'Yeah, well that is where we are -- you never know what is going to happen down the road, but we feel like we have four good players there,' Belichick said on NFL Network. 'We added Brian and J'Mar to Hoyer and Stidham. We added Hoyer and had Stidham from last year. We like working with those guys and we will see how it goes.'
Huddle Up: Belichick offered higher praise on Stidham, citing his work as the backup to Tom Brady last season. The growing expectation is Stidham will be under center in Week 1, but coupled with an uninspiring receiving corps, he'll begin the season as a low-end QB2.
Posted: 4/17/2020 12:30 am UTC
New England Patriots QB Brian Hoyer is more likely to be the Week 1 starter than Jarrett Stidham, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network Thursday, April 16. 'My guess right now is Brian Hoyer is the starting quarterback of the Patriots in 2020, but I think that is something that will be ever-evolving as we get through next season,' Rapoport said.
Huddle Up: Neither quarterback would be worth much fantasy consideration, especially with the Patriots' lackluster corps of pass-catchers. Either Hoyer or Stidham would be a middling QB2.
Posted: 4/14/2020 4:16 am UTC
In life after Tom Brady, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said the team will adapt and gear everything for doing what is best for their new starting quarterback, whoever that may be. Belichick said that's what they did previously for Brady and he doesn't see that changing. 'Whoever the quarterback is, we'll try to make things work smoothly and efficiently for that player and take advantage of his strengths and his skills,' Belichick noted. The Patriots currently have QBs Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer on roster. Belichick believes he and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels have a 'pretty good feel for both' quarterbacks. The team may also address the position in the upcoming NFL Draft, potentially early.
Huddle Up: The Patriots have proven time and time again they're able to adjust their game plan to utilize their assets the best way possible. It is a bit early to project the team's QB1, which will dictate the fantasy value of most of the team's skill players.