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Bill Belichick says Jarrett Stidham will miss some time, Patriots QB reportedly may need shoulder surgery

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Most of the conversation in Foxborough this summer is going to center around the quarterback position. Specifically, the talk will be about whether or not first-round rookie Mac Jones can flash enough of his potential throughout training camp and the preseason to unseat Cam Newton as the club’s starter to begin the year. As that battle unfolds, there are some other developments elsewhere on New England’s quarterback depth chart. 

According to Jeff Howe of The Athletic, Jarrett Stidham has been experiencing right shoulder and back pain when throwing the football. That’s the reason the third-year Patriots quarterback has begun camp on the PUP list. Howe adds that surgery is a possibility and the timetable for him to get back on the field is currently unclear. 

Further signaling that Stidham may miss sizable time was the Patriots claiming quarterback Jake Dolegala off waivers on Wednesday. Dolegala joins a quarterback room consisting of Stidham, Newton, Jones, and Brian Hoyer

“Well, we just thought it would be good to have another quarterback actively participating in camp,” Bill Belichick said Thursday. “Jarrett Stidham will miss a little time, so we’ll have Jake in here.” 

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Meanwhile, Stidham — who was selected by the Patriots in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft — is entering his third season in the NFL. While Jones is looked at as the clear future at the position, Stidham was set to contend for a roster spot as a backup over the course of camp, so this injury popping up now is hardly the best timing. 

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