If BillBelichick went with rookie quarterback JarrettStidham — and not BrianHoyer — behind TomBrady against the Panthers in order to gain more evidence as to whether or not Stidham is capable of being the lone backup to Brady in the regular season, there was a lot there to like.
And there was an equal amount not to like.
Where that leaves Belichick and the Patriots in terms of this decision is anyone's guess — nobody can predict Belichick's personnel decisions. That's why he gets paid the big bucks and has all those rings.
All we can do is present some evidence, and hazard a guess.