Top takeaways from Patriots Camp, Day 4: Jarrett Stidham in danger of falling behind, Edelman’s health a concern?

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FOXBOROUGH — The most significant developments from today's training camp session, right in your face, with the more comprehensive Camp Report coming later this afternoon.


We excused Jarrett Stidham the other day when he had three interceptions. We saw them all. The drills didn't have everyone going all-out all the time. It felt like Stidham was just throwing them up, trying to force the ball into a tight spot and make a play — which differentiated him from Cam Newton and Brian Hoyer. For them, when push comes to shove, they're just dumping it down.

Today was different. And it was not good for Stidham.

In the first real practice of training camp — with 1-on-1s between WRs and DBs, and OL and DL, and competitive team periods — Stidham was not up to snuff. In team periods, Stidham was just 2 of 6 with two more interceptions. Cam Newton was 7 for 13 (drop) and Brian Hoyer was 6 for 11 (drop).

But a QB competition is not about stats, which can be skewed depending on who you're playing with, and the defenders you're going against. And Stidham's performance on Thursday had nothing to do with his stats. What was the issue?