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Why Brian Hoyer is starting vs. Chiefs, not Jarrett Stidham

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Through three games of the regular season, Brian Hoyer is the Patriots' backup quarterback and not Jarrett Stidham. This is why Hoyer is expected to start Monday against the Chiefs and Stidham has been inactive for the first three games.

Some have wondered what happened to the second-year player, as after all he beat out Hoyer for the backup job last year as a rookie.

Appearing on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria Monday, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport gave some insight into what is going on.

"I think what happened with Stidham was he had that hip injury, which took 3-4 weeks to fully heal -- he lost a lot of reps, a lot of real important reps and just fell behind," he said. "I don't know that it is all an indictment on what Stidham is as a quarterback in general, I just think he kind of got screwed with an injury at a stupid time and kind of lost the race a little bit.

"I have not heard that it's anything that they are upset at him, or disappointed, or he's not what they thought. I think it's more he got injured and lost his window a little bit. You hope for him that he can get it back, but unfortunately this does happen sometimes when you get an injury at a bad time.

"The thing with Hoyer is, he's extremely professional. He's always ready. He knows the system well. He's going to handle it all well tonight. I don't know what is going to happen tonight, but I would imagine he's going to look pretty good doing it. This is literally why you signed him."

Stidham will be active Monday as the backup quarterback.

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