Patriots' 53-man roster projection includes keeping three quarterbacks

The New England Patriots open training camp for the 2020 NFL season on July 28 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The Patriots finished 12-4, winning their 11th straight AFC East title and their 16th over the past 17 seasons. Coach Bill Belichick enters his 21st season hoping to sustain the nearly uninterrupted dominance he has enjoyed in the division since arriving in 2000, but the departure of quarterback Tom Brady means that for the first time in 19 years, the Patriots are in transition at the game's most important position.

Here is a 53-man roster projection:

QUARTERBACK (3): Cam Newton, Jarrett Stidham, Brian Hoyer

Belichick had traditionally preferred to go with two QBs, such as during the 2019 season when Stidham was given the nod as Tom Brady's top backup, over Hoyer, coming out of training camp. But given the dynamics in play with the coronavirus pandemic, this is the type of year where an added layer of insurance is smart business.