When it comes to the New England Patriots in the post-Tom Brady era, everyone seems to have an opinion about what the franchise is going to do going forward.
According to one anonymous AFC evaluator, per The Athletic’s Mike Sando, the Patriots could tank for Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence, who is expected to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
“I’m a little worried that they are tanking for Trevor Lawrence,” an AFC evaluator said in a story that gave thoughts on each team post draft.
Most other evaluators believe the Patriots actually like Stidham in the starting role and won’t go after any of the free agent quarterbacks.
“I think they stay true to what they got,” an evaluator said. “They are not going to panic. Before you would hear rumors about Cam (Newton) possibly going there and you say, ‘Nah that is not a Bill Belichick-type guy,’ but the way the draft shook out, that might be a spot he ends up going on a very favorable deal for the club. I think they are high on Stidham and we will see.”
Another added: “The takeaway is, they like Stidham and they believe he is the next guy, but he is going to compete with Hoyer. Does bringing in Dalton work well in a shortened year? Would he come in, learn their offense and be ahead of Hoyer, who has been in it before? I don’t see it.”
Lawrence has passed for 6,711 yards, 66 touchdowns and 12 inceptions in two seasons along with nine rushing scores. He has led the Clemson Tigers to back-to-back appearances in the title game, winning the College Football Playoff Championship in one of them.
You can never count out the Patriots while Bill Belichick is still there.