Tom E. Curran on D&K makes case for Brian Hoyer to be Patriots' Week 1 starter


Who will start at quarterback for the Patriots when the season opens next September?

While many believe it will be Jarrett Stidham, who is entering his second year, it's worth wondering if the potentially shortened offseason could work against him in terms of getting comfortable with the system. If that is the case, the team could turn to veteran Brian Hoyer to open the year.

Appearing on Dale & Keefe Tuesday, NBC Sports Boston's Tom E. Curran believes that could happen and laid out how starting Hoyer in Week 1 makes sense.

“Absolutely, I do," he said. "Because we don’t know how much time they are going to spend in the preseason — don’t send him out there to fail, don’t put him out there to fail. Is Brian Hoyer in Week 1 going to throw for 350 (yards)? I mean he could. That is the interesting thing about last preseason, he looked great in the first preseason game, which is the least serious in some ways along with the fourth, but, he looked really, really good. He still has plenty of arm. He is smarter than Stidham will be, obviously, in terms of where to go with the ball.

“I could see, ‘Run the ball, play defense, let Brian take care of business and Jarrett, don’t worry about it, we still love you.’ But don’t send him out there to fail, which could conceivably be a primetime game and (he could) get his head kicked in.”

This scenario wouldn't be giving up on Stidham, just buying him more time.

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