Bill Belichick always talks about players making a big jump from Year 1 to Year 2, and this year the player who most people will be keeping an eye on is Jarrett Stidham.
After showing promising signs on the practice field last year, the second-year player will likely be the starting quarterback in 2020 and tasked with replacing Tom Brady.
Speaking on a video conference Tuesday, center David Andrews was asked about Stidham and he pointed to his own career and how much more comfortable he was in his second year compared to the first.
"I look back on my rookie year and can remember the growth I saw from my rookie season to my second year and how the games start to click a little bit and make sense a little bit more," he said. "So, that for all those players is just a natural thing coming from that first to second year. Your first year is such a whirlwind. It’s such a long year from going from bowl games to training to combine to pro day to OTAs, minicamps, all that, to training camp. For a year, it’s nonstop. The growth from your first to your second year is so huge.
"So, we’ll bring in great players, Coach Belichick brings in great football players, and we have a lot of great guys in this locker room that are committed to winning. So, that’s the tradition from guys and how they handle situations."
Andrews also said he was able to hang out with Stidham a good amount last season, which is certainly a good thing when it comes to their chemistry.
The Patriots will also need to replace Brady's leadership and being a team captain, Andrews said it isn't a matter of doing things drastically different, rather staying true to yourself.
"I think you don’t do anything out of the ordinary," he said. "I think leadership – sometimes you can kind of see through it if there’s some B.S. in it. Be who you are, do what got you here, just do it better and do it more. I think it is what it is. It’s being in the NFL. It’s part of this business. There doesn’t need to be a superman anywhere. We just need to go out there and do our jobs collectively as a group, provide good leadership – even if he was here or wasn’t here – whoever is here. So, that’s our job and that’s what we’ll try to do."
Andrews missed last season due to blood clots in his lungs, but has been cleared to play in 2020.