The New England Patriots will have to solve their quarterback situation in 2020. The team was left without a star quarterback, and the only option they have is Jarrett Stidham or Brian Hoyer. For now. But, Ian Rapoport believes that the Patriots’ next quarterback will come as a surprise for everyone.
According to Rapoport, New England will probably move on with Brian Hoyer as the starting quarterback for the upcoming season. The 34-year-old veteran quarterback will probably compete with second-year QB Stidham for the starting job in Patriots training camp.
However, the Patriots QB situation may easily change after September. Rapoport seems believes that Hoyer will be the starter for Week 1, and then he will probably step back and let his teammate finish the job.
“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.
Who will be the next Patriots’ quarterback?
The Patriots re-signed Hoyer right after TB12 decided to sign a two-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The veteran quarterback first signed with the organization as an undrafted free agent back in 2009. New England cut him in 2012. Hoyer was then a starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns and Houston Texans two years later. The veteran quarterback led Houston to a postseason berth during the 2015 season.
Hoyer re-signed with Brady’s team in 2017 after starting six games for the San Francisco 49ers. He was also a backup quarterback for Tom Brady.
Let’s not forget that Rapoport did say that Bill Belichick is still likely to use a premium pick on a quarterback in the 2020 NFL Draft.
“The Patriots are going to take a quarterback, probably with a premium pick. I would just imagine it’s not at a pick they currently have.”
The Patriots are pretty serious about winning games, and they will probably go after another title in 2020. Will they be able to do that without Stidham?
Stidham doesn’t have enough experience, but Belichick may decide to trust his young quarterback. Let’s see what happens in September.