Auburn’s quarterback has the tools to be a decent passer in the Patriots’ system but will he develop the way we hope him to?"WhitePatriots News Opinion and Analysis Contribute! FanPostsFanShotsAbout the Site List of Patriots Twitter AccountsWrite For Pats Pulpit!New User Welcome and Commenting GuideCommunity GuidelinesMastheadTopics Patriots Off-Season CoveragePatriots Opinion/AnalysisPatriots NewsPatriots Draft CoverageSportfolio ManagementNFL DraftPatriots Opinion/AnalysisPatriots 2019 NFL Draft CoverageWhat fourth-round quarterback Jarrett Stidham can bring to the PatriotsNew [url=http://www.patriotsfansclub.com/sony-michel-jersey/]Youth Sony Michel Jerseys[/url] ,25commentsAuburn’s quarterback has the tools to be a decent passer in the Patriots’ system but will he develop the way we hope him to?EDTShareTweetShareShareWhat fourth-round quarterback Jarrett Stidham can bring to the PatriotsMarvin Gentry-USA TODAY SportsJarrett Stidham was selected by the Patriots in the fourth-round of the NFL draft on Saturday, and there’s been a lot of buzz regarding him being the potential ‘successor’ to Tom Brady. Stidham is now the fourth quarterback taken by the Patriots in the last six drafts and is the second-highest drafted at 133, only behind Jacoby Brissett, who went 91 in 2016. I’m not a future-teller so I can’t confirm that he’ll take over the reign once #12 hangs them up. However, when looking at more of Stidham’s background, the pick seems more and more intriguing.Stidham started his college year at Baylor before transferring to Auburn through McLennan Community College. All in all, he started in 30 games in three years (2015 [url=http://www.patriotsfansclub.com/sony-michel-jersey/]Sony Michel Jerseys Stitched[/url] , 2017 and 2018) at Baylor and Auburn, and finished his career with a 20-10 record. When looking at his stats in college, he had a 48-to-13 touchdown-to-interception ratio, so he hasn’t been known to turn the ball over, something we know Bill Belichick values in all of his players. The one thing that stands out is Stidham’s completion percentage: he completed 64.3% of his 848 college attempts. His career-low 60.7% completion percentage this past season was due to an interesting Auburn offense that was more of a run-first unit and had him get out of the pocket faster than needed, more so due to poor pass protection. Furthermore, his receivers dropped plenty of catchable balls.Stidham excelled as a game manager and when it came to completing passes on short routes across the field (in this regard [url=http://www.patriotslockerroom.com/authentic-trey-flowers-jersey]Trey Flowers Jersey[/url] , he seems to fit the Patriots offense just fine). However, he also struggled a bit with his downfield passing as he sometimes overthrew receivers down the field and had trouble fitting the ball into tight windows.While it’s been said that ‘you can't teach accuracy’ Stidham definitely has the potential to improve, mainly because of his mechanics and the way the ball comes out of his hands: one thing that really stood out to me when watching his tape was his release. When speaking about the Patriots’ fourth-rounder, NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah said that he threw the ‘best ball’ in the draft. He indeed has got smooth mechanics and the ball comes out very pretty off his hand.Stidham is definitely a project and who knows what his ceiling is, but when you have Tom Brady continuing to play at the level he is, there is room to take a shot in the dark at someone like Stidham. The Patriots’ offense and system seem to fit his style of play pretty well and with a few years of learning and development, it will be interesting to see how he pans out. Brian Hoyer is still standing there [url=http://www.patriotslockerroom.com/authentic-deatrich-wise-jr-jersey]Womens Deatrich Wise Jr Jersey[/url] , so the Patriots have a backup quarterback they can trust to a certain degree.But the next project had a good debut, with rookie Jarrett Stidham turning in a solid performance in the opener against the Lions.The fourth-round rookie was 14-of-24 for 179 yards and a touchdown, and but for a few dropped passes the numbers would have been better.“I had a great time,” Stidham said, via Mike Reiss of ESPN.com. “This is my first NFL experience, getting to play. There are a lot of things to improve on, but overall it was a lot of fun. It was a great experience.”While Hoyer would doubtless get the call if anything happened to the 42-year-old Brady [url=http://www.patriotslockerroom.com/authentic-james-harrison-jersey]http://www.patriotslockerroom.com/authentic-james-harrison-jersey[/url] , Stidham is an interesting commodity for the Patriots, who have developed and flipped young quarterbacks before.With Brady already old and effectively on a one-year contract, the future is a very real consideration for them this preseason.