Don't look now, but there's a pair of rookies turning heads in New England.
"I had a great time," Stidham said, via ESPN. "This is my first NFL experience, getting to play. There are a lot of things to improve on, but overall it was a lot of fun. It was a great experience."
"I don't have time to really think about what I have to prove to people who don't -- I don't want to say don't matter -- but I have to keep proving to my coaches that I deserve to be here," Meyers said, via The Boston Globe. "I'm not on the team yet so I'm trying to make sure I can stay here and continue to be here, so that's who I'm trying to prove a point to."
Meyers finished the game with a team-leading six catches for 69 yards and two touchdowns on eight targets.
"I'm in a new offense, so just trying to learn everything as a whole and kind of how we operate -- sitting in the pocket and trying to make the throws when I can," Stidham said. "From Day 1 to now, I've grown so much. I've got to continue to grow."
While Stidham looked good, there's a long way to go before we anoint as the No. 2 behind Tom Brady. Hoyer -- who spent his first three seasons in New England before returning last year -- also looked crisp in the win. He finished 12 of 14 with 147 yards and two touchdowns for a near-perfect passer rating of 150.0. He played like a guy who didn't want to lose his job.
"I thought our overall passing game was pretty efficient," coach Bill Belichick said. "The quarterbacks got the ball out on time, the receivers caught the ball, we protected fairly well."