Tom Brady's successor to the Patriots may already be on the team

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Is Jarrett Stidham more Jimmy Garoppolo or Ryan Mallett?

The answer to this question can determine whether the patriots will stay in the house or go somewhere else when Tom Brady actually played his last game in New England.

Garoppolo was the patriots' quarterback when he waited for Brady to continue to thrive, and they couldn't wait to trade him for the 49ers in 2017.

Stidham has been working behind the scenes since the patriots dropped him out of Auburn in the fourth round of the 2019 draft. He even got a few reps of the first team offense during regular season training when Brady struggled with injuries, but most of his work came from the scout team.

The 23-year-old also impressed his teammates in the short flashes.

"You see, he throws where you are out there, wow," Patriot security Duron Harmon recently told The Providence Journal. "You can say that he has the intangible assets to be a good professional quarterback."

"He's made some great litters in practice, everyone takes notice," added Security Terrence Brooks. "Like 'hey man, this guy is going to be really good. & # 39;"

Jarrett Stidham and Tom Brady during Patriots training
Jarrett Stidham and Tom Brady warm up before a Patriots gameGetty Images

During the garbage season during his rookie season, Stidham was in three games and one of the four passes he threw was an interception. He did better last season, however, when he completed 67.8 percent of his passes for 731 yards, four touchdowns and one interception.

"I think there are several ways for me to grow," Stidham told the newspaper. "Whether it is spiritual to learn the game book and that sort of thing. It was a big deal for me and I tried to learn as much as possible all year round. I feel like I am now mentally compared to OTAs , Training camps or whatever, there's a difference in growth. I'm just trying to do that as much as possible. "

If Brady leaves but the patriots decide that Stidham isn't ready to move up, they may have a few other options:

– Teddy Bridgewater: The former (pre-season) jet becomes a free agent and showed that he can play five more games for Drew Brees this season. The 27-year-old completed 67.9 percent of his passes for 1.384 yards, nine touchdowns and two interceptions when the Saints were 5-0 in the middle. But the Saints may also be looking for a new starting quarter back with Brees’s future in the air.

– Philip Rivers: The Patriots wouldn't get much younger at the quarterback – Rivers is 38, four years younger than Brady – but the future free agent is a proven commodity, even if it has dropped off in recent years. This season he completed 66 percent of his passes for 4,615 yards, 23 touchdowns and 20 interceptions.

– Marcus Mariota: Could Bill Belichick and the Patriots try to revive the former Heisman Trophy winner's career? Mariota lost his starting job this season to Ryan Tannehill, who led the titans to the playoffs and a wildcard win over the patriots. The pending free agent is still only 26, but could never break out with the titans. Before sitting on a bench this season, he completed 59.4 percent of his passes for 1,203 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions.

– Cam Newton: A wildcard option, but still a fascinating one when Newton can recover. The Panthers may be open to trading with him after Kyle Allen took on two games of the season for injured Newton. Newton eventually had to have a foot operation, but if he recovers well and the new Panthers coaching team decides to look elsewhere for his quarterback, what about double Newton in New England?