Patriots quarterback Jarrett Stidham is reportedly dealing with a hip injury, according to the NFL Network’s Mike Giardi, who added that it could be several weeks before Stidham is back to 100 percent.
Word of Stidham’s injury was first reported by the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, who said that the second-year pro was “battling discomfort from a leg injury” and was not expected to practice much on Friday. The team is expected to “proceed cautiously” with the sophomore fourth-round pick out of Auburn, who was present on the field at the start of Friday’s practice.
Stidham made only six throws in competitive drills on Thursday (via Phil Perry). He threw seven interceptions over the course of the first four practices. Comparatively, Cam Newton had 17 pass attempts Thursday and has two total INTs in four public sessions.
Asked about Stidham’s performance in camp thus far, head coach Bill Belichick didn’t sound particularly concerned about the results so far.
“I don’t think it’s really good for us as a coaching staff to over-evaluate an individual play when we have so many plays to work with,” Belichick said (via NESN’s Zack Cox). “Every player makes mistakes out there. Every player gets corrected. Every player gets coaching points on things they can do better or differently. I would say ultimately, we’re going to reach a point where we have to really evaluate what the performance is. I think in the early stages, there’s definitely timing, confidence, anticipation issues that are different from player to player and depending on who they’re in there with, what the play was, how things unfolded and so forth.
“Sometimes those are mistakes. Sometimes they’re learning experiences. Sometimes they could be mistakes by multiple people involved in the specific part of the play that have to be ironed out.”
As reported by Jeff Howe of The Athletic, Stidham’s seven interceptions broke down like this: four on “out-breaking routes to his back side,” one out route to the right, and two underthrown deep balls.
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