Stidham in 2019
|No. 4 – New England Patriots|
|Born:||August 8, 1996|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||215 lb (98 kg)|
|NFL Draft:||2019 / Round: 4 / Pick: 133|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2019|
Jarrett Ryan Stidham (born August 8, 1996) is an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He began his college football career at Baylor, starting three games as a true freshman for them in 2015. He then transferred to McLennan Community College, where he did not play football in his one semester at the school. Stidham later transferred to Auburn, where he started for them in 2017 and 2018. The Patriots selected him with the 133rd overall pick in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
Stidham attended Stephenville High School in Stephenville, Texas. As a senior, he completed 183 of 260 passes for 2,934 yards with 35 touchdowns. He also rushed for 969 yards and 15 touchdowns. Stidham was rated by Rivals.com as a four-star recruit and was ranked as the sixth-best dual-threat quarterback in his class. He originally committed to Texas Tech University to play college football, but later changed to Baylor University.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||40‡||Commit date|
|Stephenville, Texas||Stephenville HS||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||4.74||Dec 19, 2014|
|Recruiting star ratings: Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: ESPN:|
|Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 11 (QB) Rivals: 6 (QB) ESPN: 2 (Dual-threat QB)|
Stidham entered his true freshman year at Baylor in 2015 as the backup to Seth Russell. He appeared in the first seven games, completing 24 of 28 passes for 331 yards and six touchdowns. After Russell suffered a season-ending neck injury during Baylor's seventh game, Stidham took over as the starter. He started his first career game against Kansas State. He finished the game completing 23 of 33 passes for 419 yards, three passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown. In his second career start against Oklahoma, Stidham injured his back in the first quarter, but he was able to remain in the game. He finished the game completing 16 of 27 for 257 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the 44–34 loss.
The following week, despite being questionable to play leading up to the game, Stidham made his third career start against Oklahoma State. He injured his hand and ankle in the first half of the game and did not return to the field for the second half. On November 25, 2015, Baylor head coach Art Briles announced that Stidham's ankle injury was a chipped bone in the back of his ankle and Stidham would be sidelined for the remainder of the regular season. It was reported that Stidham might be able to return for Baylor's bowl game, but on December 19, Briles announced Stidham would miss the 2015 Russell Athletic Bowl.
In the wake of a sexual abuse scandal at the school and the firing of much of the coaching staff, and dissatisfaction backing up quarterback Seth Russell, on July 7, 2016, Stidham announced he would be transferring from Baylor.
After spending one semester at McLennan Community College, where he did not play football, Stidham announced that he would be transferring to Auburn University. He made the announcement via his Twitter account on December 10, 2016. On August 14, Stidham was named as Auburn's starting quarterback for the 2017 season. Stidham led the Tigers to an SEC West Division Championship after victories over top-ranked Georgia and Alabama. He would later lose to UCF in the Peach Bowl. On December 4, 2018, Stidham announced that he would forgo his final year of eligibility and declare for the 2019 NFL Draft.
|Height||Weight||Arm length||Hand size||40-yard dash||10-yard split||20-yard split||20-yard shuttle||Three-cone drill||Vertical jump||Broad jump||Wonderlic|
|6 ft 2 3⁄8 in
|9 1⁄8 in
|4.81 s||4.33 s||7.28 s||31 in
|9 ft 2 in
|All values from NFL Combine|
Stidham was selected by the New England Patriots with the 133rd overall pick in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft. He signed a four-year deal worth $3.15 million, including a signing bonus of about $634,000. At the end of the Patriots' 2019 training camp, the Patriots made Stidham the backup to quarterback Tom Brady, releasing veteran Brian Hoyer.
In Week 3 against the New York Jets, Stidham relieved Brady in the fourth quarter while the Patriots held a 30–7 lead. He completed two out of three passes and threw a pick 6 to safety Jamal Adams before Brady returned to finish the game. The Patriots went on to win 30–14.
NFL career statistics
‡ Career totals accurate as of the end of Week 7 of the 2019 regular season.
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