Rob Ninkovich thinks Brian Hoyer will start ahead of Jarrett Stidham to open the season


Jarrett Stidham has been all the fashion for the Patriots this offseason.

However, former Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich doesn’t imagine Stidham would be the workforce’s beginning quarterback come Week 1. He thinks that honor will belong to veteran Brian Hoyer.

“I think Brian Hoyer will be the starter Week 1, and I say that because the quarterback position is one of the most important for reps under center, seeing defensive looks, looking at coverage, understanding the offense,” Ninkovich stated on ESPN’s “Get Up.”

Ninkovich didn’t essentially say he thinks Hoyer is best than Stidham. He thinks Hoyer would be the starter as a result of with out minicamps this offseason, the veteran quarterback may have the sting to be extra ready when the seasons begins.

“They’re not practicing right now. There’s no minicamp, there’s no offseason, there’s no training camp,” Ninkovich stated. “We don’t know when that’s going to happen.

“So if you have a veteran quarterback who has been in the system, understands what to expect what an NFL season is like, you’re gonna want to go with a guy who has the veteran leadership (and) also what it takes to be in that building,” Ninkovich added. “Look, when you’re a second-year player, you really don’t realize what a season’s like as a starter. You don’t understand what it’s going to take, and not having an offseason does not help. So, Brian Hoyer will be the starter Week 1.”

There is not any denying that Hoyer has the sting in realizing the workforce’s system. Hoyer, who signed a one-year cope with the Patriots in March, is in his third stint in New England. Hoyer joined the Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2009 and remained in New England by way of the top of the 2012 preseason when he was minimize. He re-joined the Patriots in the course of the 2017 season after the workforce traded backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers. He stayed on by way of the top of the 2019 preseason when he was minimize once more after Stidham beat him out for the backup spot.

When the 2 had been collectively within the 2019 preseason, Stidham performed in all 4 preseason video games whereas Hoyer performed in solely two of them. Stidham additionally threw 90 passes in that preseason to Hoyer’s 22 move makes an attempt. Stidham threw for 731 yards, 4 touchdowns, and one interception, whereas Hoyer threw for 202 yards, two touchdowns, and a decide.

Hoyer noticed restricted motion with the Colts in 2019. He threw for 372 yards with 4 touchdowns and 4 interceptions in three video games. Hoyer has began 38 video games for six groups over his 11-year profession. He has but to begin a recreation for the Patriots.