2010 Patriots Needs: Quarterbacks

2010 Starter Need: Low
2010 Depth Need: Medium
2009 Unit Grade: B+

Tom Brady
2009 Grade: B+
Signed Through: 2010 ($10.2m)

Brian Hoyer
2009 Grade: B+
Signed Through: 2011(406k, 491k)

Tom Brady performed well for the Patriots in 2009, but couldn’t live up to his 2007 standard. Probably preventing Brady from an A- grade was the lack of a true #3 threat a la Jabar Gaffney or Dante Stallworth. Joey Galloway and Sam Aiken just couldn’t cut it.

Brian Hoyer showed that he could be a quality backup in the league during some mop-up duty, also having the potential to develop into a starter in the next few years.

Only having two QB’s is a dangerous game to play, and the Patriots would be wise to look at a few free-agents or take another flier late in the draft. They should have at least three compensatory picks that can’t be traded that would be well-used on a developmental QB.

2010 NFL Draft Potential Targets: John Skelton (Fordham), Mike Kafka (Northwestern), Tim Hiller (Western Michigan), Bill Stull (Pitt)

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4 Responses to “2010 Patriots Needs: Quarterbacks”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Stanbach played QB in college, too – worst case scenario they could play him or Elderman

  2. Anonymous says:

    Elderman is their third string Qb. They dont need another.

  3. PatriotsDraftGuru says:

    The Patriots do like to develop late round QB’s… Matt Cassel being the prime example. They essentially turned a 7th round flier into a 1-year starter and a 2nd round pick. QB fliers can pay off big time… just look at #12.

  4. Anonymous says:

    The only reason Pats need to look at a QB is IF Brady goes down again. Without Cassell, they will have a huge drop off this time unlike 2008. Drafting a QB is completely useless. Such a low pick will never lift NE anyway. I would look for a cheap experienced free agent instead (if they really want to cover). Overall I think Pats are fine here.

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