Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury may know Jarrett Stidham better than most in the NFL.
When he was with Texas Tech, he recruited Stidham to the school.
“I have actually known Jarrett Stidham a long time. I recruited Jarrett Stidham to Texas Tech," Kingsbury said recently on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria. "He was committed to me for about a year, and so I have always had a high regard of him as a player and as a person. I know they are very high on him up there in New England. I am excited to watch him play. I cheer for Texas kids and I think he has the ability.
"It is going to be hard to replace the greatest of all-time, but Josh (McDaniels) and those guys up there do a phenomenal job of developing QBs and if they feel confident in him, I feel confident in what they have going on. I am excited to watch him play.”
Stidham is in line to be the Patriots' starter in 2020 with veteran Brian Hoyer backing him up.
Kingsbury recalled that Stidham could have gone anywhere in the country out of high school, but ultimately ended up playing his college ball at Baylor before transferring to Auburn.
“Tremendous skill set, great young man," he said. "I am really fired up for him to get his opportunity.”
The Patriots actually will host Kingsbury's Cardinals in late November.