Former Patriots Player Rob Ninkovich Makes Surprise Pick for New England’s Week 1 Starting QB

The New England Patriots will have to make a big decision regarding the starting QB for week 1 of the upcoming season. There have been so many questions about the team’s starting quarterback, and many were surprised to see that Bill Belichick doesn’t even play to select a quarterback. Tom Brady is out of the team for good, and the Patriots have Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer at the moment. They also signed two undrafted free agents.

Who will start the Week 1 contest of the team’s season? Former Patriots player Rob Ninkovich has a theory about this one.

“I think Brian Hoyer will be the starter Week 1, and I say that because the quarterback position is one of the most important for reps under center, seeing defensive looks, looking at coverage, understanding the offense.”

The Patriots may have another starting QB in September

The Patriots can’t have their workouts now due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“They’re not practicing right now. There’s no minicamp, there’s no offseason, there’s no training camp,” Ninkovich added. “We don’t know when that’s going to happen.

“So if you have a veteran quarterback who has been in the system, understands what to expect what an NFL season is like, you’re gonna want to go with a guy who has the veteran leadership (and) also what it takes to be in that building. Look, when you’re a second-year player, you really don’t realize what a season’s like as a starter. 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.”

Rex Burkhead is a current player with the Patriots, and he said that Stidham is really great. Burkhead is impressed with his skills despite his limited experience.

Hoyer may start the season in September, but Stidham is the future of the team. Head coach Bill Belichick is confident about his young quarterback, and he has great plans for the team. Belichick is also confident about his first future without Tom Brady. They have parted ways this offseason, and both sides have decided to do something this time. Something different. Brady and the Bucs will come to Foxboro in 2021.