Bedard’s Breakdown (offense): Was Belichick trying to test Stidham with an assist from Vrabel?

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I have to admit, the Patriots' offensive film was decidedly less insightful than the defensive side once you got past Isaiah Wynn's debut, with a heavier lean on run (32 carries, 28 passes) and 10 players with only one reception apiece.

But there was one overriding thought I had that might mean something, or maybe it doesn't: Is Bill Belichick starting to test rookie quarterback Jarrett Stidham, and did he make a request from Mike Vrabel to help Belichick out in this regard?

Let's present the circumstantial evidence, and spin it forward to Thursday night's game against the Panthers before we get to our chart, unit evaluations and 3 up/3 down.