Stephon Gilmore is throwing his support behind Jarrett Stidham. Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The defensive players on the New England Patriots seem to know who they want as their starting quarterback going forward.

Cornerback Stephon Gilmore is the latest Patriot to endorse Jarrett Stidham, saying that the quarterback improved last year during his rookie season and challenged the defense during practices, as he told Mike Reiss of ESPN:

“He came in and worked hard and got better and better as the year went on. He has a strong arm. He makes some tough throws. Definitely made it hard on me in practice each and every week, going against whoever I was covering, making some great throws. It allowed me to get better in practice to prepare for the games.”

This is similar to what another Patriots defensive back said recently. Stidham will have to beat out veteran Brian Hoyer to earn the job, but it sounds like he has the confidence of some of his key teammates already.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.



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