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Patriots 2019 Training Camp Guide – Quarterbacks

Steve Balestrieri
July 11, 2019 at 7:52 am ET

The Patriots have been blessed to have the same quarterback under center since Week 3 of the 2001 NFL season. Tom Brady has been remarkably durable and productive, in the 19 seasons he’s been with the Patriots, they’ve made the Super Bowl nine times and won six of them.

At a time where so many teams are searching for a franchise QB, the Patriots have had theirs under center every year. But what about his backups in 2019?

So, let’s take a brief snapshot of the position and see who stays, who goes and who is on the bubble as the team begins training camp in 2019.

Check back with PatsFans.com as we’ll go thru the entire roster as our primers for training camp continue before the heavy lifting starts on July 25.

Current roster – Tom Brady, Brian Hoyer, Jarrett Stidham, Danny Etling

Locks – Brady, Stidham

Near Lock – Hoyer

Long Shot – Etling

Discussion – Well it comes as no surprise that Brady is a lock, as he has been every year since 2002. As we mentioned above, Brady has been remarkably durable and productive in his career. Other than 2008, when a low hit blew out his ACL, he hasn’t missed a game due to injury. (Note: He did miss four games due to weather conditions as they related to football air pressure) 

The Patriots have been to the last three Super Bowls with the team winning two of them. Brady has started 267 regular-season games for the Patriots and won 207 of them. He’s won 30 of 40 playoff games. Last year he threw for 4355 yards and 29 TDs.

Every year since his injury in 2008 the hot-take artists tell you “this is the year Brady falls back” and every year the Patriots either make it to the conference championship game or the Super Bowl. 

Stidham by nature of his draft status is a lock for the 2019 season. There is a lot to like in his game, and there is also a long way to go for him as a rookie QB. He throws a very nice, tight spiral and has a nice blend of size, arm strength, and athleticism. He blends well with a quick read offense, which should help him in New England.

His issues in college centered around the Auburn offense which makes for a horrible transition to the pro game. They ran a one-read only offense which stifles a QB’s development. In the spring Stidham got a lot of snaps and looked alternately good and awful at times, which is expected for a rookie QB trying to learn a new system and language. He’s a developmental prospect.

Hoyer should be safe this summer. He’s a long-time veteran with a veteran’s savvy and knowledge of the opponents around the league. So he’s a good sounding board for Brady on the sidelines as well as help the team prepare the week before games. 

He can be counted on to come on in the case of emergency and it is doubtful, at least at this point that Stidham will progress enough to push him this summer for the backup role. If everything falls into place for Stidham, he’ll push Hoyer for the backup role next summer. But for now, Hoyer should be considered a near-lock. 

Etling is the odd man out. With the drafting of Stidham, the writing was on the wall for the 2nd year QB. He wasn’t getting any team’s 11-on-11 work in mini-camp. And he was acting as the personal punt protector in his only work in full-team drills. So, with the exception of an injury to someone, Etling is a real long shot to stick around. 

Frankly, we were a little surprised that he wasn’t released after mini-camp, so perhaps he can still work his way onto the practice squad this summer. But for a 53-man roster slot? The chances of that appear mighty slim.

The 2019 Patriots are set at quarterback with Brady once again at the helm. Will they commit to him beyond this season? That is something we heard…and reported as a done deal back in the spring. But it has not happened; perhaps they’ll get it done once camp gets underway.

However, after Brady the Patriots choices at quarterback, at least for now are uninspiring. That will be up to Mr. Stidham to change. 

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Julian Edelman Ready For “New Mountain To Climb” In 2019 Season Hype Video

Robert Alvarez
June 14, 2019 at 5:30 pm ET

With his time as Boston Bruins banner captain long over following a tough Stanley Cup Final defeat, New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman is full speed ahead into 2019’s Super Bowl defense.

On Instagram Thursday, Edelman shared a short hype video to go along with a caption that read “New Year, New Mountain To Climb.”

https://www.instagram.com/p/Byp09uSg5nX/

Despite making a full comeback in 2018 that led to Super Bowl MVP, Edelman is clearly hungry to play a full 16 game schedule for the first time in three years.

September 8th can’t come soon enough.

VIDEO: Watch The Patriots Discuss What The Super Bowl LIII Ring Means To Them

Robert Alvarez
at 5:00 pm ET

The Patriots shared new footage from the Super Bowl LIII ring party on Friday over social media.

Check out the video below containing a few players and coaches discussing the importance of their Super Bowl LIII championship ring.

Video courtesy: Patriots.com

PHOTO: Danny Shelton Shares His Appreciation For Patriots Following New Contract

Robert Alvarez
May 21, 2019 at 9:05 pm ET

2019 continues to be a turnaround year for defensive tackle Danny Shelton.

After being benched for four of the final eight games, Shelton turned in his best performance during Super Bowl LIII.

Shelton helped the Patriots defense shut down the Los Angles Rams running game.

The Rams wound up averaging just 3.4 yards a carry by the end of the night.

Check out some of Shelton’s Super Bowl impact courtesy of CLNS Media’s Evan Lazar.

On Monday, the New England Patriots elected to bring back Shelton on a one-year deal as first reported by ESPN’s Field Yates.

Shelton thanked the Patriots for the new opportunity on Instagram while also revealing he will be a father later this summer.

Congratulations to Danny and family!

PHOTO: Todd Gurley Struggles To Cope With Super Bowl Loss, Wears “Anti-Boston” T-Shirt

Robert Alvarez
at 8:25 pm ET

At the time of this posting, its been 107 days since the New England Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams for their sixth Super Bowl title.

With the parties, celebrations and parades long over, the Patriots have already begun turning the page to 2019 and are looking ahead to Tom Brady’s favorite ring…”The Next One”.

As for the Super Bowl loser Los Angles Rams, it appears at least one of their players is struggling to move on from the defeat three months later.

Check out the shirt running back Todd Gurley is wearing in his latest Instagram post.

https://twitter.com/WAD1980/status/1130574064010059776

Yep…it’s not exactly the most complementary of clothing.

The “Anti-Boston” post doesn’t appear to be bothering the Patriots however, take a look at who “liked” the photo.

For the record Todd, that accent you’re making fun of just received some national praise.

VIDEO: McCourty Twins Give Commencement Speech At Rutgers University’s 2019 Graduation Ceremony

Robert Alvarez
at 5:21 pm ET

Over the weekend, Jason and Devin McCourty returned to their alma mater of Rutgers University as the honorary commencement speakers for the graduating class of 2019.

Jason McCourty graduated from Rutgers in 2009, and Devin a year later in 2010.

Both siblings became the first twins to play in and win a Super Bowl together this past February.

Their speech stressed the importance of an education and how despite successful careers in the NFL, those close to them felt earning degrees were a necessary backup plan.

Check out their full address courtesy of the Patriots YouTube account below.

VIDEO: Bruins Pay Homage To Patriots “Still Here” Motto Following Conference Championship

Robert Alvarez
May 18, 2019 at 1:25 pm ET

The good times keep rolling on for New England sports fans.

100 days after the Patriots Super Bowl LIII championship duck boat parade, the Bruins punched their ticket to the 2019 Stanley Cup Finals on Thursday.

On their flight back to Boston, defenseman Charlie McAvoy decided to recreate Tom Brady’s now infamous “Still Here” Instagram video.

Check out the Bruins edition of “Still Here” below.

PHOTOS: Patriots Team Plane Gets Championship Paint Update

Robert Alvarez
at 1:20 pm ET

“Air Kraft” showed off its newly updated championship color schemes this week.

The plane, personally owned by Robert Kraft, added a sixth Lombardi trophy to the tail along a new “6X Champions” emblem.

Check out some photos of the new look team plane shared by the Patriots Twitter account on Friday.

https://twitter.com/Patriots/status/1129478323132936197?s=20

PHOTO: Gillette Stadium Prepares For Banner Six

Robert Alvarez
May 3, 2019 at 12:30 am ET

The five Super Bowl championship banners at Gillette Stadium will be adding a new member in September when the New England Patriots open the 2019 season against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Despite the game being five months away, preparation is already underway to accommodate the sixth banner.

The stadium Twitter account shared a photograph of construction to make room for the banner.

What a problem most teams would love to have.

PHOTO: Julian Edelman “You Have To Want It More”

Robert Alvarez
April 17, 2019 at 10:30 pm ET

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman’s 2018 season was a story of redemption.

After missing the entirety of 2017 recovering from an ACL tear, Edelman was suspended the first four games of 2018 after testing positive for a performance enhancing substance.

In 12 games, Edelman finished 2018 with 74 receptions for 850 yards and six touchdowns, but he was even better in the postseason.

Edelman hauled in 26 receptions for 388 yards during the Patriots run to Super Bowl LIII.

The numbers moved Edelman into second-place all-time in playoff receptions and receiving yards behind Hall of Famer Jerry Rice.

Edelman caught 10 passes for 141 yards on his way to being named MVP of Super Bowl LIII.

On Instagram Wednesday, Edelman shared more motivation for improvement.

“You have to want it more…#Relentless”, He wrote in a caption.

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You have to want it more… #Relentless

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