The Patriots held rookie minicamp last weekend at Gillette Stadium, which gave the coaching staff a chance to work with the rookies for the first time.
One of the most talked about rookies is quarterback Jarrett Stidham out of Auburn, who the team selected in the fourth round. He's viewed as a developmental product having some ups and downs in college, especially this past season when he seemed to take a step back from what he showed in 2017.
Speaking last Friday, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels noted he's not worried about what Stidham did in the past.
"If a guy misses a throw, sometimes that’s his fault and sometimes it’s not," he said. "There’s protection that goes along with that, plays, design, all the rest of it. Every quarterback that we’ve ever evaluated here, we try to take and look at it in the big picture -- what does he do well, what traits does he possess -- and then you try to factor those in to what we try to do here."
McDaniels added: "It’s really about traits and the opportunity to try to take a clean slate and then fill it with whatever you want to fill it with."
Stidham will be competing with Brian Hoyer and Danny Etling, as it would seem the team won't keep four quarterbacks on the active roster, although there's a chance Etling could be slid onto the practice squad.
With Tom Brady likely missing OTAs, there should be plenty of reps for Stidham and the other three players to make a good impression.