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Report: Patriots spoke with QB prospect James Morgan

The Patriots appear to be looking for a rookie quarterback in the 2020 NFL Draft and have already spoken to FIU’s James Morgan.

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick watches from the sidelines in the second half against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium.  Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Patriots will have to move on from Tom Brady in 2020, and it appears like they’ll weigh all their options for who should replace him. New England released third string signal caller Cody Kessler last week, leaving just Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer in the quarterback room. That frees up some space for it to pursue a rookie in the NFL Draft later this month, and FIU’s James Morgan might be moving to the top of New England’s list of potential draftees.

The team held a video-conference meeting with Morgan, according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss. Morgan threw for 2,560 yards and 14 touchdowns with five interceptions last season. Those numbers aren’t much to look at, but they’re better than what Brady posted in his final season at Michigan. That doesn’t mean he’s the only quarterback New England will consider though.

Morgan isn’t worth the 23rd overall pick that the Patriots own, so they get a more polished prospect earlier in the draft. Some mock drafts project Utah State’s Jordan Love falling to them late in the first round if they don’t trade up. There will be a quarterback competition in New England in 2020, and a rookie will be given a chance to win the job.