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Conflicting reports on nature of Jarrett Stidham’s hip injury

Cam Newton was eventually going to become the starter, but this would seem to push it to sooner than later.

Jarrett Stidham of the New England Patriots looks to throw during training camp at Gillette Stadium on August 18, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Photo by Steven Senne-Pool/Getty Images

UPDATE 12:09 p.m.: Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels told the media on Friday he thinks Stidham will be ready to practice when the team returns for its next practice on Sunday, following a scheduled day off on Saturday.

The New England Patriots have had a quarterback competition since signing Cam Newton to join a depth chart that included Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer. Newton is the best of the three, but the summer signing and time it would take to get up to speed on the playbook created a chance for a serious competition.

That might all be out the window now. Stidham has suffered a hip injury that will take “several weeks” to get back to 100 percent, according to reporter Michael Giardi. While it seemed inevitable that Newton would claim the starting job at some point, this likely bumps it to sooner than later.

The Patriots have been rotating reps, with all three quarterbacks getting time with the starters. Hoyer could still remain in the mix of the competition, but Newton is the superior quarterback. It makes more sense to get him as many first team reps as possible to get him up to speed with the offense before Week 1 arrives in three weeks.

Newton is currently QB28 going around the 13th round in fantasy football ADP. There is value to be had in Newton if you can get him in the double digit rounds. The shoulder and foot issues are something to keep in mind giving how they slowed him the past two years, but if healthy, Newton is a tremendous value.