What exactly is going on with Jarrett Stidham?

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It’s been an interesting offseason for Jarrett Stidham.

In late March, Patriots owner Robert Kraft threw a lot of praise his way when speaking following the virtual NFL owners meetings.

"I’m really a big fan of his,” he said.

Kraft added: "I think he’s a great young man and I know he’s eager to compete for an opportunity to play. One thing I like is that he’s shown great initiative in putting workouts together on his own out in California. I don’t know how public that is and if you follow him on social media, I guess you could see it. But, a bunch of the guys went out there and did that. I’m not sure he’s really been tested.”

The owner didn’t seem to be giving up on Stidham, who only has two years of experience with this being his first real full offseason in the organization considering everything with the pandemic last year.

Stidham also led a few private workouts in California with Patriots pass-catchers this offseason and based on social media, appears to have developed a good relationship with new tight end Hunter Henry.

It would seem he’s had a productive offseason. But, then why did the team go and add veteran Brian Hoyer Tuesday to now have four quarterbacks on the roster?

This doesn’t seem like a good sign for the third-year quarterback.

Before Hoyer getting back in the mix, there seemed to be an outside chance of Stidham being the only backup on the roster if Mac Jones won the starting job and then Cam Newton was released. Now, it feels like Hoyer was brought back to mentor Jones and Stidham may be the odd-man out.

It certainly is an interesting spot to be in since he hasn’t been given much of a chance on the field and to really develop with this being his first full offseason in the system since last year was all out of whack because of the pandemic.

Perhaps the Patriots have seen what they need to behind the scenes to realize what they have isn’t going to cut it.

If that truly is the case, keep an eye out for a trade during training camp, or close to the regular season. An ideal scenario for New England would be something like a few years ago when it got a decent player in return — wide out Phillip Dorsett — when quarterback Jacoby Brissett was dealt to Indianapolis.

Things seemed to be going well for Stidham this offseason, but the addition of Hoyer doesn’t seem to add to that narrative.

At just 24 years of age, he still has a lot of football left. It just may not be with the Patriots.

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