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Patriots coach Bill Belichick says Cam Newton remains the team's starting quarterback despite the first-round selection of Alabama QB Mac Jones.
“Cam’s our quarterback," Belichick said. "Whatever time Jarrett (Stidham) or Mac are ready to challenge and compete, then we’ll see how that goes.” It wasn't like Belichick was going to name Jones the starter right away, so this quote shouldn't surprise anyone. It's extremely likely that the first-round rookie starts games in 2021, but perhaps Newton still opens the year as New England's starter. Unless he plays exceptionally well and the Patriots are winning games, the passing of the torch should happen in due time.
Jim McBride of the Boston Globe reports the Patriots are re-signing quarterback Cam Newton to a one-year contract.
ESPN's Adam Schefter has since confirmed the report, and he adds that this move doesn't preclude the team from adding another quarterback in the coming weeks. It’s a one-year, $14 million deal. That certainly isn’t backup money. Newton certainly wasn't great in his first season in New England in 2020, but he dealt with a weak supporting cast and a midseason COVID-19 diagnosis. We'll have to see what else the Patriots do to address the quarterback position this offseason, but bringing back Cam at least locks in an option heading into free agency.
Ben Volin of the Boston Globe writes Patriots coach Bill Belichick "has done nothing but rave" about Cam Newton this offseason.
Newton signed with New England late last offseason and had to learn a new offense on the fly. Additionally, he tested positive for COVID early on and didn't have much offensive talent around him. Even though it was a frustrating season at times it's understandable why Belichick would have so much respect for the former MVP. Now a free agent, it was initially believed that the Patriots would seek an upgrade over Newton this spring. Perhaps we shouldn't entirely rule out Newton re-signing, though. The Patriots have the 15th pick in the draft and of now it's unclear who their other quarterback options really are.
Cam Newton completed 21-of-30 passes for 242 yards and three touchdowns in the Patriots' Week 17 win over the Jets, adding 11 rushes for 79 yards on the ground.
Newton also caught a receiving touchdown thrown by wideout Jakobi Meyers. The former MVP signed a one-year deal with New England over the offseason and flashed his dual-threat abilities early on, but his limitations ultimately became the biggest storyline surrounding his play. Newton didn't have a strong supporting cast but finished with a horrid 8:10 TD:INT ratio spanning 15 games. He'll turn 32 over the offseason and is unlikely to return to the Patriots.
Patriots QB Cam Newton completed 5-of-10 passes for just 34 yards and added four rushes for 24 yards and a TD in Week 16's loss to the Bills.
After his second shoulder surgery, there were questions about Newton's arm strength heading into the 2020 season, and the doubters were proven correct on Monday night. Newton just couldn't get the ball to his receivers. He was inaccurate and skipped a couple of passes to open WRs. It's hard to predict what's in Newton's future, but an offseason of rest and training might be for the best.
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