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Jarrett Stidham: Cam Newton signing 'nothing to do' with his performance

by Brendan Tuma | Patriots Correspondent | Mon, Jun 29th 10:25am EDT

Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports the Patriots have implied that their signing of Cam Newton has "nothing to do" with Jarrett Stidham's performance. (The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact:

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.

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