Quarterback Jarrett Stidham had completed his last visit to the Patriots earlier this month, and will spend much of his time in New England in the future after the Patriots made him the fourth round on Saturday.
Stidham said he could not imagine a better situation than being coached by Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels when he learned at the feet of Tom Brady. When Stidham was asked for his thoughts on what might happen on the street in the face of Brady's age, he said he was thinking of nothing but drawing the six-time Super Bowl champion he can.
I think I feel no pressure, "said Stidham in comments distributed by the team. "As I said, it's a great opportunity to learn from a guy like Tom. And as I said, he played so much, he saw everything, he won a lot – there are so many different intangible goods that I want to absorb from him. I am sure that someday everyone wants to be as good as Tom Brady. I have to take it one day at a time, and I will, and I will work as hard as I can to make sure I can do anything to help this organization.
Brady has made no secret of his plans to continue playing for several years, and his level of play has done little to obscure that. That could leave Stidham with what he has learned in a new riff to another team in a story we've played in New England's draft selections.