Can Jarrett Stidham Lead the Patriots to the Playoffs?

The New England Patriots, for the first time in nearly 20 years have a new quarterback at the wheel. Meet Jarrett Stidham, the 133rd pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Stidham first attended Baylor in 2015 as a freshman before transferring to Auburn for his sophomore and junior year. Stidham threw a total of 36 touchdowns in 3 years along with nearly 5600 yards and 11 interceptions. Personally, I think Stidham can lead the Patriots to the playoffs this year.

Stidham has a very good arm and can throw a beauty of a spiral. His pocket presence is somewhat good and he is a QB who can take a hit and not fumble. He steps out of the pocket and dances around instead of stepping up or sliding out of the way. His decision making is questionable though. In this situation, I compare him to former Oklahoma Sooners and Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Landry Jones, under pressure they crumble and make arrogant passes that lead to turnovers, but when pressure isn't screaming down and coming at them they are decent QBs who throw a pretty ball and can exercise a drive. Stidham does not have a leadership trait and will most likely rely on veteran wide receiver Julian Edelman or an offensive lineman to be the leader on the offense until he can fill that role, even in college he didn't have a good leadership mentality.

In my opinion, Stidham is set to be successful in New England due to his offense, running backs Sony Michel, Rex Burkhead, and James White, wide receivers Julian Edelman, Mohamed Sanu, N'Keal Harry, and Jakobi Myers and tight ends Ryan Izzo and Matt LaCosse then that defense which is just loaded with playmakers. Along with the genius coaching of Bill Belichick and the offensive coaching of Josh McDaniels.

In conclusion I do believe Stidham can lead the Patriots to the playoffs this year as a 5th or 6th seed, the Bills will take the division.

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