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The Las Vegas Raiders may search nationwide for their next quarterback.
But they may only need to dust off their depth charts to find the right choice for the silver and black.
Jarrett Stidham performed consistently and well for the Raiders when given the opportunity in both the preseason and regular season.
Stidham was drafted in the in 2019 by the New England Patriots and has been in Josh McDaniels system since entering the league. That may be the reason he looked so comfortable in the preseason and in his first start in Week 17 against the San Francisco 49ers.
Stidham threw for over 300 yards and 3 touchdowns in the Overtime Loss. Star receiver Davante Adams said of Stidham after the game, “I was definitely impressed to know that he has that in his bag and that he’s tough enough to hold on there and make any play work.”
The likability with Adams, who wants input in the quarterback decision, may suite the Raiders plans.
He’s also affordable, enabling Las Vegas to spread its resources elsewhere.
Adams and Stidham are both younger, which could allow the Raiders along with 2nd year running back Zamir White and standout defensive end Maxx Crosby have a core group for years to come.
Stidham was also sacked six times in Las Vegas final regular season game versus the Kansas City Chiefs. Staying with Stidham may allow the Raiders to address more pressing needs in the upcoming draft such as the offensive line.
Aaron Rodgers is the marquee name in this year’s offseason. But entering his age 40 season, is he the future?
And veteran quarterbacks not named Tom Brady have stumbled under McDaniels before.
Time will tell if the Raiders are looking for a splashy decision at quarterback or one that may fit comfortably in Josh McDaniels system.