Morning sports update: Scott Zolak still thinks Jarrett Stidham will be the Patriots’ starting quarterback

"That's what I was told."

Jarrett Stidham drops back to pass against the New York Giants in the first half of an Aug. 29 preseason game in 2019.
Jarrett Stidham drops back to pass against the New York Giants in the first half of an Aug. 29 preseason game in 2019. –AP Photo/Elise Amendola

On Tuesday, Brandeis became the latest local college to announce the cancellation of fall sports due to the ongoing concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

“The department considered all options and planned extensively for ways for us to be able to compete this season,” Brandeis athletic director Lauren Haynie told students in an email. “Based on the federal, state and campus information and guidelines that we have in place today, the decision to not participate in fall intercollegiate athletics was ultimately made with the health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches and staff members as our top priority.”

Scott Zolak’s take on the Patriots’ quarterback depth chart: Former Patriot and current sports talk radio host Scott Zolak weighed in on New England’s post-Tom Brady choices at quarterback during a discussion earlier this week.

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For Zolak, second-year quarterback Jarrett Stidham still tops the depth chart despite the recent free agent addition of former NFL MVP Cam Newton.

“I believe Jarrett is going to be the starter from the people that I talk to, the people that I trust: the players, people tied to the team, team captains,” Zolak predicted. “The way they speak of Jarrett Stidham and the work he has put in.”

“A lot of people thought Stidham was on a two-week vacation on a wedding tour down in Texas,” Zolak said. “He did go to a wedding. They spent some time with family — [he] worked out every day…with pro-caliber receivers. That’s what I was told.”

Stidham, a 2019 fourth-round pick, has thrown only four passes in his lone NFL season (one of which was intercepted by Jets safety Jamal Adams and returned for a touchdown).

Still, Zolak thinks that Newton will take some time to acclimate to the offense run by Patriots’ offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

“I just don’t know if Cam Newton is gonna do this in 35 days and be ready to go unless it’s some completely different offense that’s going to run at 40 percent efficiency,” Zolak explained.

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In a roundtable discussion following his decision to sign with New England, Newton alluded to a possible different direction for the Patriots’ offense with his ability compared with Brady’s.

“Coach McDaniels, you’re able to call some stuff that you ain’t ever been able to call now,” Newton noted.

Newton signed a one-year contract with the Patriots earlier in July after being released by the Panthers in March.

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(Answer at the bottom).

Hint: A 1991 Red Sox first-round pick, he would go on to win 15 games with the 2001 Mariners.

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