QB Cam Newton Patriots impressed with Jarrett Stidham’s growth

Jarrett Stidham finally returned in an NFL game and it didn’t take long for him to receive a harsh reception.

The first snap Stidham saw on Sunday, he was equalized by Joey Bosa, a 6-foot-5, 280-pound defensive end. The second-year quarterback released the ball before the crushing blow. This attempted pass turned out to be his only incomplete pass of the evening.

After getting up, Stidham completed the only two passes he attempted against the Los Angeles Chargers. This included a 38-yard touchdown pass to Gunner Olszewski. It was a good time for Stidham and a moment that also inflamed Cam Newton. The Patriots starting quarterback ran onto the field to celebrate with his replacement.

On Tuesday, Newton said he believed the timing was a good sign for Stidham’s development.

“Man, I’m so proud of Stid, man,” Newton said on WEEI’s “Greg Hill Show”. “We had a chat (Monday) in the QB room, and honestly, his growth and development is something that really caught my attention. Because I know him well enough to know that I don’t know if he hits that throw or if he’s able to stay in that pocket – a cloudy pocket, for what it was – and fire an absolute hit at Gun. Show.

Newton easily beat Stidham for the Patriots starting position this summer. It wasn’t a good training camp for Stidham, who also initially lost the substitute job to Brian Hoyer. Stidham won the replacement after the Patriots’ loss to Kansas City. Stidham relieved Hoyer that night, but completed just 38.5% of his passes (5/13) for 60 yards to go with one touchdown and two interceptions. He wasn’t much better when he replaced Newton in Week 7 against San Francisco, completing 6/10 passes for 60 yards and another interception.

Hoyer saw no action in the previous five games before getting another shot on Sunday. After being hit on his first pitch, Stidham finished 2/3 for 61 yards with that touchdown pass.

“The first game he was in he got hit and was on the ground,” Newton said. “And for him to bounce back, that says a lot about his growth. I’m still a fan of winning football, and watching him grow up is something I’m extremely happy with.

New England Patriots quarterbacks Jarrett Stidham, left, and Cam Newton clash their fists as they warm up ahead of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, November 29, 2020, in Foxborough, Mass.

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