Analyzing who saw their stock increase in Canton against Jacksonville.
Last but certainly not least, quarterback Jarrett Stidham was able to increase his stock with his performance on Thursday night – Perhaps more so than anyone else.
Stidham was the MVP in Canton. The numbers aren’t impressive, being the former Patriot completed 8-of-15 passes for 96-yards, but the film was immaculate. In fact, it’s hard to find one single play where Stidham didn’t make the right choice.
Raiders’ quarterback Nick Mullens has had monstrous success in the NFL in comparison to Stidham. His 26:24 touchdown interception ratio reigns supreme in comparison to Stidham’s 2:4, and having north of 4,500 more passing yards doesn’t hurt either. None of that mattered to McDaniels though, as his former New England quarterback had the advantage coming into Thursday’s contest.
After all, McDaniels was so fond of Stidham, he gave up a draft pick to acquire a quarterback who’s thrown 2 touchdowns and 4 interceptions throughout their career.
Well, it turns out McDaniels might’ve known what he was doing. Stidham and Mullens were running a close race for the QB2 job, but the two couldn’t be further apart after the showings against Jacksonville. Mullens was faced with pressure all night and couldn’t adapt, while Stidham couldn’t have played better against the same pressure.
In the first half, Stidham was even able to use his legs to get in for six on a 12-yard run. Check it out.
The Las Vegas Raiders took on the Jacksonville Jaguars in the Hall of Fame Game on Thursday, and here were some surprises from the matchup.
That’s how you handle pressure on a third-down. Phenomenal game for Stidham as he looks to put the bow on the QB2 job. We’ll see if the 25-year-old can keep it up through the preseason.