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Nick Bosa makes surprising admission about Jarrett Stidham

Nick Bosa on the field

December 21, 2019; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa (97) during the second quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco 49ers’ defense surprisingly struggled against Jarrett Stidham and the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday, and defensive lineman Nick Bosa made an unusual admission about why that might have been.

Though the 49ers escaped with a 37-34 overtime win, Stidham threw for 365 yards and three touchdowns in his first NFL start. The Raiders put up 500 total yards on the 49ers, no small feat against a defense that came in allowing less than 300 yards per game.

Afterwards, Bosa suggested that the 49ers may have underestimated Stidham, and that the Raiders quarterback was poised enough to take advantage of their mistakes.

It is not often you hear anyone suggest they may have taken an opponent too lightly, so credit to Bosa for his candor. The 49ers’ defense has been confident all season and rightly so, but it may have strayed into overconfidence this week. Perhaps it will serve as a necessary wake-up call with the playoffs looming.

Bosa, at least, chipped in during the 49ers’ win. While he did not get any sacks, he was certainly a nuisance for Stidham with five QB hits.

Josh McDaniels does not sound optimistic about Raiders’ QB situation

Josh McDaniels in Raiders gear

Aug 4, 2022; Canton, Ohio, USA; Las Vegas Raiders coach Josh McDaniels reacts during the Pro Football Hall of Fame game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Las Vegas Raiders coach Josh McDaniels did not exactly mince words when it comes to his team’s quarterback situation on Friday.

The Raiders have announced that they are benching starter Derek Carr for the remainder of the season and giving fourth-year backup Jarrett Stidham the chance to start instead. On Friday, McDaniels said Stidham is excited for the opportunity, but pretty strongly implied that he is not expecting much.

McDaniels said when announcing Carr’s benching was that he wanted to get a look at younger players like Stidham. Friday’s quote sure does not make him sound too excited about getting a glimpse of Stidham, who is a fourth-year backup on his second NFL team.

The reality is that the Raiders want to make sure nothing happens to Carr so they can get rid of him in the offseason. McDaniels cannot just come out and say that, but nobody believes the Raiders view Stidham as a quarterback of the future.

Raiders announce shocking decision ahead of Week 17

Josh McDaniels in Raiders gear

Aug 4, 2022; Canton, Ohio, USA; Las Vegas Raiders coach Josh McDaniels reacts during the Pro Football Hall of Fame game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Las Vegas Raiders are making a major change with two weeks remaining in the regular season.

Josh McDaniels announced on Wednesday that Derek Carr has been benched in favor of Jarrett Stidham. The Raiders coach said the plan is for Carr and some other veterans to sit over the final two weeks of the season so the team can get a look at their younger players.

“None of us are happy with where we’re at, but we think it’s an opportunity to evaluate a younger player who hasn’t had much time to play,” McDaniels told reporters. “Talking to Derek, who was great, he understands the scenario that we’re in and the situation. He was very supportive of the two young (quarterbacks) and he’ll do anything he can to help them.”

McDaniels was also noncommittal when asked about Carr’s future with the Raiders.

“There is a lot to be sorted once the season is over,” the coach said.

Las Vegas fell to 6-9 with their loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday. Carr threw three interceptions in the game and now has 14 on the year, which is more than any other quarterback.

The Raiders have virtually no chance of making the playoffs. It is quite possible that benching Carr is the first step toward moving on from him when the season ends.

As one NFL reporter explained this week, the Raiders have a big decision to make with Carr and a very short window to make it. Carr will be owed a lot of money if he remains on Las Vegas’ roster after the third day of the waiver period, which begins the day after the Super Bowl.

Carr also has guarantees for injury in his contract, so it makes sense for the Raiders to do everything they can to keep him healthy. That is also a smart approach if they want to shop him in trade talks.

Report: Patriots trade once-promising QB prospect to Raiders

Bill Belichick on the sideline

Oct 10, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick reacts during the second quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Patriots gave Jarrett Stidham an opportunity to be the heir to the Tom Brady throne, but the former Auburn star was unable to capitalize. He is now headed to a new team.

Albert Breer of The MMQB reports that the Patriots have agreed to trade Stidham to the Las Vegas Raiders. The two teams are expected to swap late-round draft picks in the deal.

James Stewart of 98.5 The Sports Hub was the first to report the news.

New England drafted Stidham in the fourth round back in 2019. He appeared in eight games over his first two years and then underwent offseason back surgery prior to last season. Stidham was activated in November and served as the Patriots’ third-string quarterback behind Mac Jones and Brian Hoyer. He did not play in any games.

New Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels was the offensive coordinator with the Patriots when they drafted Stidham. That connection was likely the catalyst behind the trade.

Jarrett Stidham reportedly looking impressive in Patriots practice

Jarrett Stidham

Jarrett Stidham has largely been a forgotten man for the New England Patriots, but apparently he’s putting together some good work in practice.

Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal said Friday that Stidham was “the most impressive quarterback” during the team’s practice, calling him “decisive” and adding that Stidham had “no issue throwing downfield.”

Stidham has to show some urgency before the regular season just to secure a roster spot. Cam Newton and Mac Jones aren’t going anywhere, and the late addition of a trusted veteran quarterback might jeopardize Stidham’s place on the Patriots. Based on this, it sounds like Stidham is at least trying to rise to the occasion.

No matter what, Stidham is highly unlikely to land a staring job. If anyone is going to unseat Newton, it sounds like it’s going to be this guy instead.

Does this signal the end of Jarrett Stidham’s time with Patriots?

Jarrett Stidham

The New England Patriots used a fourth-round draft pick on Jarrett Stidham two years ago, and the idea at the time was for him to be the heir apparent to the Tom Brady throne. That has not exactly worked out, and the former Auburn star may wind up looking for work elsewhere this offseason.

The Patriots re-signed Brian Hoyer this week, and it sounds like the veteran backup is confident he will have a roster spot. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported on Thursday that Hoyer chose sticking with the Patriots over serving as the primary backup behind New York Jets rookie Zach Wilson.

That means the Patriots now have four quarterbacks, and two seem like they are guaranteed roster spots. Mac Jones obviously isn’t going anywhere, and Belichick has made it clear that Cam Newton is New England’s starter heading into the season. We doubt Belichick will carry more than three quarterbacks on the active roster in Week 1, which means Stidham could be the odd man out.

There were some reports last offseason that the Patriots were high on Stidham, but that is now hard to believe. Newton struggled for most of 2020, yet Stidham never took over as the Patriots’ starter. They have since drafted a QB 15th overall and re-signed their most trusted veteran backup. Don’t be surprised if Stidham is waived in the coming weeks.

Bill Belichick has ominous quote about Jarrett Stidham’s future with Patriots

Jarrett Stidham

Cam Newton has been one of the worst quarterbacks in the NFL all season, but his poor play hasn’t been enough to inspire Bill Belichick to insert Jarrett Stidham into the starting lineup. It appears that will remain the case for the New England Patriots’ season finale, which is not a great sign for Stidham’s future with the franchise.

During his weekly appearance on WEEI’s “Ordway, Merloni & Fauria” show Tuesday, Belichick did not commit to Newton as the starter for Sunday’s game against the New York Jets but said he “would imagine” the plan will remain the same. The coach was then asked whether it would be fair to say the Patriots won’t learn anything new about Stidham by giving him the start. Belichick’s response shouldn’t make Stidham feel great.

Belichick did add that Stidham will eventually get a chance to be evaluated, though he didn’t say it would be with the Patriots.

“At some point, he’ll get an opportunity to play with a good opportunity to prepare and (inaudible), and that will be a better evaluation,” Belichick said, via NESN’s Zach Cox. “Whatever point that is, I don’t know.”

Newton has thrown for 2,415 yards, five touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 14 games this season. He has a passer rating of 78.9. If Stidham, a fourth-round pick in his second season, couldn’t overtake Newton as the starter this year, that tells you plenty about his current standing with the Patriots.

Unless Stidham makes some huge offseason leap, the Patriots will almost certainly look for a new quarterback this offseason. It sounds like Newton’s time with the team is coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean Stidham is next in line.

Cam Newton remains Patriots’ quarterback despite lackluster game

Cam Newton

Cam Newton had a poor game in the New England Patriots’ 24-3 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday night, but it doesn’t sound like the team is making any quarterback changes.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was asked after the game if he would be switching quarterbacks. Belichick praised the question and gave a definitive answer.

“Great question, really glad you asked that. Cam’s our quarterback,” Belichick said.

It sounds pretty certainly like Belichick is sticking with Cam despite sitting the quarterback down in the fourth quarter. Belichick has been saying the same thing all season, so maybe he figures that backing Newton will help the quarterback’s confidence. Belichick might also believe that the team needs to win with Newton, because Jarrett Stidham is not an improvement.

Newton went 9/16 for 119 yards and an interception that was returned for a touchdown. He rushed seven times for 16 yards. Stidham went 5/7 for 27 yards. This was the second straight game in which Stidham made an appearance for the Pats, though last time was thanks to much better circumstances.

Cam Newton benched for Jarrett Stidham during poor game

Cam Newton

Cam Newton was benched by the New England Patriots for Jarrett Stidham during a poor start on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

Newton was having a rough time throughout the game and went 9/15 for 98 yards and three interceptions before being asked to take a seat midway through the third quarter. He also had five rushes for 19 yards.

After Newton threw his third interception, which came in the third quarter, head coach Bill Belichick was shown walking up to Newton and giving him a pat on the bench. That seemed to be Belichick’s way of nicely saying “we’re going to go with Stidham.”

The poor accuracy and lack of zip on his passes Sunday led some to wonder whether Newton is being bothered by his shoulder again.

Newton also looked bad in a Week 6 loss to the Broncos where he went 17/25 for 157 yards and two interceptions. His recent performances have left fans wondering what happened to the guy who looked like his old MVP self the first two games of the season.

Report: Jarrett Stidham expected to start for Patriots if Cam Newton isn’t cleared

Jarrett Stidham

Neither Brian Hoyer nor Jarrett Stidham played well when given opportunities in Monday night’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, but New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick apparently feels Stidham gives the team a better chance to win in Week 5.

Cam Newton missed the Chiefs game after testing positive for the coronavirus. There’s a path to him being cleared in time to face the Denver Broncos if he has been asymptomatic and tests negative for COVID-19 several times, but there’s a good chance he will miss another game. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports was told it will be Stidham — not Hoyer — starting on Monday night against Denver if Newton cannot play.

The Patriots actually had a chance to beat the Chiefs without Newton, but Hoyer’s poor play cost them. New England went into the half trailing just 6-3 despite an interception from Hoyer and a brutal sack he took on the final drive of the second quarter. The veteran was then benched after he lost a fumble on the Patriots’ second drive of the second half.

Stidham was not much better, as the former fourth-round pick completed just 5-of-13 passes for 60 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. However, it’s hard to say how he would have fared if he started the game.

The reason Stidham was No. 2 on the depth chart last week supposedly had to do with a previous injury. That quickly became irrelevant when Hoyer was unable to get anything going. If Newton is out on Monday, Stidham seems like New England’s best option.