Jarrett Stidham’s future with New England Patriots in question after Bailey Zappe team draft

The New England Patriots have taken the quarterback from Western Kentucky Bailey Zappe at the end of the fourth round of the 2022 NFL Draft, and it could cause problems for the fourth-year player Jarrett Stidham. Ben Volin from boston globe said Stidham could be the strange man. Along with Stidham, Zappe gives the Patriots four quarterbacks on their roster. The others are starters McJones and backup Brian Hoyerwho just signed a two-year extension.

Stidham appeared in seven games between 2019 and 2020 after being selected in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft at Auburn. For his career, he completed 24 of 48 passes for 270 yards and threw two touchdowns for four interceptions. Stidham underwent shoulder surgery after experiencing discomfort in July last year and was placed on the PUP list and was only added to the squad roster in November.

“Stid worked really hard last year, was our backup quarterback all season,” Belichick said of Stidham in May 2020. “And I know he works hard in the offseason; he’s made a lot of progress in terms of understanding our offense and understanding opposing defenses like all players do from year one to year two, so I’m sure he’ll go there and be ready to go , that he will be ready, that he will compete hard and we will see where it takes us.

Stidham narrowly missed out on five-star status as a rookie, becoming the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback and No. 38 player overall in the 2015 247Sports Composite. He picked Baylor where he set the Big 12 passing efficiency mark in a single season (since snapped) after assuming the starting job as a true freshman due to injury.

Stidham chose to leave Baylor after the staff were laid off, and after spending a semester at McLennan Community College – but not playing football – he transferred to Auburn. His first season was a success, with Stidham completing 66.5% of his passes for 3,158 yards and 18 touchdowns with six interceptions. But his junior year wasn’t as strong as the Tigers struggled to run the ball like they had the previous year, allowing defenses to focus more on him. He still had a solid year — 60.7 percent completion, 2,794 yards, 18 touchdowns, five interceptions — but not as good as the year before.

He left school before his senior year, dropping a bit from his stock from the previous year in the fourth round, where the Patriots picked him with the No. 133 overall selection.

Zappe, meanwhile, finished the 2021 college football season by setting new FBS/FCS single-season passing records with 5,967 yards and 62 touchdowns on the season after transferring to the Hilltoppers program from Houston Baptist. WKU finished the year 9-5 overall with Zappe taking the offensive snaps in a season that won’t be soon forgotten.

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Zappe finished his college career passing for 14,433 yards and 135 touchdowns against 40 interceptions in four seasons. In three seasons at Houston Baptist, his most productive was in 2019. Zappe finished that fall passing for 3,811 yards and 35 touchdowns.

Kevin Flaherty and Dean Straka contributed to this report.