Stidham was viewed as the team's starting quarterback entering the summer after New England chose not to pursue Andy Dalton, Jameis Winston, or Newton (initially) following Tom Brady's departure. Mike Reiss of ESPN mentioned Sunday night that he didn't view Newton as the bonafide Week 1 starter. It is clear that the Patriots like what they have in Stidham, but at some point Newton became affordable enough to lock down and bolster the team's QB depth chart. Assuming he's healthy it would be a shock if the former MVP didn't start in Week 1 against Miami. Stidham is no longer in play as a late-round option in best ball leagues.