Patriots Talk: Does Brian Hoyer signing put Cam Newton or Jarrett Stidham on the hot seat?

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Patriots Talk: Does Hoyer signing put Cam or Stidham on the hot seat? originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

Death, taxes, and Brian Hoyer joining the New England Patriots quarterback room.

The veteran QB signed back with the Patriots on Monday, joining Cam Newton, Mac Jones, and Jarrett Stidham on the Patriots depth chart. Given how much Bill Belichick values Hoyer's presence in the locker room, the signing could mean one of the other QBs could be on the hot seat -- and it ain't the 2021 first-round draft pick.

So does the move put Newton or Stidham on the hot seat heading into the summer? Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry debated that question on a brand new episode of the Patriots Talk Podcast.

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"Let me just tell you why I think Stidham's seat is warmer today than it was yesterday after signing Brian Hoyer," Perry said. "Because if Cam Newton is the guy Week 1, and Mac Jones obviously is going to be here, does it make more sense to have two young developing quarterbacks who don't know much about the Patriots offense, or does it make sense to have one, who you just drafted in the first round, and a caddie?

"I think it would make more sense to have that kind of sage, wily vet even if he's not as good as Stidham, even if clearly the ceiling is not as high, you have a ceiling guy already in Mac Jones. And you could develop two guys at once, but you're all in on Mac Jones in a way that you're not with Jarrett Stidham. And so, that's why I feel like if they're gonna keep three, you could make a really good argument that the three that would make the most sense would be Newton, Jones, and Hoyer now."

Curran: What Hoyer's return means for Cam's future with Pats

Curran concurs with Perry's take, though he wouldn't rule out Newton -- not Stidham -- being the QB on the hot seat.

"I completely agree that logically that makes the most sense as of May 17, but here are a couple of reasons I say just pause and consider this," Curran said. "The continuity of the three quarterbacks if it's Stidham, Hoyer, and Jones, in terms of what they'll be running, that argues in favor perhaps of 'OK, we're just coaching one thing.' ... You get continuity of the offense you're coaching and the style of the quarterback.

"Additionally, you know Cam's a part-timer and if Stidham shows that he has a command of the offense and a better arm -- that should develop as he enters his third year -- that is equal to Cam's, then you have a guy who is still certainly looks like a nervous chipmunk sometimes, and Cam has way more poise and command, but there's a bigger upside. And it's hard to say that a 6-5, 240-pound quarterback who won an MVP doesn't have a better physical upside than Jarrett Stidham, but he may not because of the fundamentals."

Also discussed in the new episode: Will Hoyer act as a QB coach for Mac Jones? And what to make of Robert Kraft’s comments regarding Bill Belichick’s salary.

Check out the latest episode of the Patriots Talk Podcast on the NBC Sports Boston Podcast Network, or watch on YouTube below: