Every team in the NFL will have some tough decisions to make when it comes time to cut their rosters down to 53 ahead of Week 1 of the 2021 regular season, and the New England Patriots are no exception.

There will likely be some eye-opening releases at multiple positions, but as usual, all eyes will be on what Bill Belichick decides to do at quarterback. The Patriots have four quarterbacks under contract as minicamp has come to an end, but there is a belief the team will only carry three on the 53-man roster.

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98.5 The Sports Hub’s Alex Barth sees Jarrett Stidham as the third QB, but also considers him “on bubble watch.”

Stidham, running back J.J. Taylor and linebacker Anfernee Jennings were the last three players Barth included on his 53-man-roster prediction.

Why Brian Hoyer Could Edge Stidham?

When Hoyer re-signed with the Patriots last month, he did so with the understanding he’d be the mentor for Mac Jones, and further support for incumbent starter Cam Newton.

While not being in serious contention to become the team’s starter might sound like a negative, Hoyer’s experience in the Patriots’ system and his willingness to embrace a mentor role with Jones might have given him more job security than Stidham.