|No. 4 - New England Patriots|
|Born:||August 8, 1996|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||215 lb (98 kg)|
|High school:||Stephenville (TX)|
|NFL Draft:||2019 / Round: 4 / Pick: 133|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 5, 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 University, 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 University, where he started for the Tigers 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|
|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.
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.
|Ht||Wt||Arm length||Hand size||40-yard dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert jump||Broad||Wonderlic|
|6 ft 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 sole backup to quarterback Tom Brady, releasing veteran backup Brian Hoyer.
In Week 3 against the New York Jets, Stidham relieved Brady in the fourth quarter. In the game, he completed 2 out of 3 passes and threw a 61-yard pick six to safety Jamal Adams as the Patriots won 30-14.