By 98.5 The Sports Hub Staff
Patriots quarterback Jarrett Stidham has been a "catalyst" for organizing private workouts during the offseason, according to a new report by ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Per the report, Stidham recently led a private throwing session with six Patriots teammates at a football field in Mass. The players also prioritized social distancing guidelines during the workout.
Fellow quarterback Brian Hoyer has also participated in the workouts, according to Reiss. Pass-catchers present have included Julian Edelman, Gunner Olszewski, Damiere Byrd, and others who have been in town during the COVID-19 lockdown. The Pats also have sophomores N'Keal Harry and Jakobi Meyers on the wide receiver depth chart. They also drafted a pair of tight ends in the 2020 NFL Draft, Devin Asiasi out of UCLA and Dalton Keene out of Virginia Tech.
Mass. governor Charlie Baker recently announced that local sports teams will be allowed to return to their facilities starting Saturday, June 6. However, the NFL has yet to give the go-ahead to allow players to return, other than those who are going for injury treatment. Coaches are allowed to return starting Friday.
Stidham, a 2019 fourth-round pick out of Auburn, revealed on his Instagram page on Thursday that he's been working privately with Edelman as the two get ready for the 2020 season. It will be the first time since the start of the 2001 season that the Pats will begin with a starting quarterback other than Tom Brady.
Multiple notable figures have praised Stidham and expressed confidence in his ability to start at the NFL level, including Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore and his former head coach at Auburn, Gus Malzahn.