Patriots Position Audit: Quarterback

Tom Brady makes QB a position of strength for the Pats. Source:

During the lull in news while we wait for a new CBA or potential lockout throughout the week, I’ll evaluate each position on the Patriots’ current roster and look at potential draft picks or free agents that could be brought in to improve the position or add depth. Today’s position audit looks at the quarterback position.

Current Players on the Roster:

  • Tom Brady, Brian Hoyer, Jonathon Crompton

Position Strength:

  • Strong

Position Depth:

  • Weak

Position Need:

  • Moderate

Possible Free Agent Pick-Ups:

  • Kerry Collins, Chad Pennington, Billy Volek

Possible Draft Picks:

  • Greg McElroy (Alabama), Ricky Stanzi (Iowa)


The quarterback position is top-heavy with Tom Brady at the starter’s spot. Brady is locked up long term an dis not going anywhere. Behind him there are plenty of question marks. Brian Hoyer has the coaches’ confidence because the Pats have not signed a third QB to the roster, going with only two quarterbacks on the active roster. Could this be the year they add some depth? Unless the new CBA extends the amount of players that can be on the active roster, I highly doubt it. Jonathon Crompton was on the practice squad but I haven’t seen any of him to make a determination if he has the potential to be the #3 QB. If the Pats decide to add depth to the position, they could go with a veteran who could step in and keep the team afloat should Brady go down, or they could draft a late-round developmental prospect. McElroy has said that Tom Brady is “one of his heroes” and watches a lot of Brady film. Stanzi is a tall, athletic QB from Iowa who is a raw prospect with a lot of potential. He, along with McElroy, could be a guy who the Patriots groom behind the scenes as a third option or someone who could push Hoyer for the #2 spot.

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