New England Patriots Upcoming Season Positional Preview: Quarterback

Matt ConstantCorrespondent IMay 12, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 03:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots walks towards the the sideline against the New York Giants during Super Bowl XLII on February 3, 2008 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The Giants won 17-14.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

In this article I will be completely evaluating and then grading the New England Patriots quarterback position.

Let's begin.

Tom Brady will be the starting quarterback this coming season and there are no challengers for that position. He is expected to be 100 percent, and he says he will be fine.

I personally am worried that the torn ACL that caused him to miss the complete season last year will bother him. Considering he has Wes Welker and Randy Moss along with a handful of others, I can still keep my hopes up.

I do not expect a record breaking season from him, but more along the lines of a average season with 20+ touchdowns and 3,000+ yards. Brady thrives in the Patriots system and, with a lot of support around him, I hope he will be fine.

If Brady does get injured then we will be in the same situation we were last season...stuck with a quarterback who has never started a game in the NFL.

The first backup the Patriots have is Kevin O'Connell from San Diego state. He is a large quarterback with a fairly good speed for his size.

I suspect he will be able to get the ball to Moss and mostly rely upon Welker much like Cassell did last season. O'Connell is a leader, and he can lead the team to more wins than loses just because of all the talent surrounding him.

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Another quarterback currently on the roster is Matt Guiterrez. He has been with the Patriots for a few years now and he seemingly understands the system.

He would be not be my choice of a backup quarterback though. He has a fairly good arm and an average accuracy, but we have not seen him perform.

The final quarterback is Rookie Brian Hoyer from Michigan state. He was invited to the draft combine but was never selected in the draft.

He was signed immediately after the draft. I really like this quarterback, and I suspect he can thrive in the Patriots system.

Overall, I would have to give the Patriots a (grade removed. We do not want *some* people upset with it.) because they have one of the two best quarterbacks in the game with Tom Brady, but they have a somewhat inadequate amount of backups.

If Brady is to go down...the Patriots might be in trouble. Hopefully we will learn more about the backups come preseason.

Please check back for more positional breakdowns!

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