As far as the New England Patriots can tell, three are in the tide to start at quarterback. And with training camp beginning with strength and conditioning, Cam Newton, Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer haven’t yet returned to the harbor.
We’re in Phase 1, head coach Bill Belichick said during his video conference on Friday. We’re presenting a lot of information, going through films and we have a daily walkthrough and that’s about it. Again, the restart of football is going at a slow pace right now. The training is ahead of the football, so that’s what we’re doing.
That will change once the first official practice behind Gillette Stadium arrives on Aug. 12. The pads will be in the locker stalls by Aug. 17. But a preseason schedule worth of evaluations won’t be for New England’s staff. And by the Sept. 13 matinee opener versus the Miami Dolphins, someone other than Tom Brady is set to be behind center.
It’s a new year, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels told reporters. You know, having coached Tom for a long time, there’s going to be a great competition. There’s a great energy right now in our room and within our offensive group just to get out on the field and do our walkthroughs and do their working out and all those things they’re able to do now. And I think there’s an anticipation and excitement for us to have an opportunity to actually practice. So, we haven’t seen anybody do anything relatively speaking from a football perspective yet because we’re not at that phase yet of training camp, but it’s been good getting to know everybody.