Cam Newton is now a Patriot. It probably pains thirty-one out of thirty-two fan bases to say it, but it’s true. As soon as it looked like the Patriots were on the decline, Bill Belichick did something that only Bill Belichick could do; sign a former MVP on a contract that guarantees only 550,000 dollars and has a max of only 7.5 million dollars. That’s called low risk, high reward, or in other words ‘The Patriot Way.’
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Not only is Newton a former MVP, but he’s a three time Pro Bowler, and has proved to be an elite dual threat quarterback in the past. In his career, he’s thrown for over 29,000 yards, 182 touchdowns, and 108 interceptions. Yet, Newton has perhaps been even more prolific with his legs, rushing for over 4800 yards and 58 touchdowns in his career.
However, when it comes to Cam Newton, injuries are a major concern. Newton missed 14 games in 2019, and he’s missed time in 2014, 2016, and 2018 too. But, if Newton can stay healthy, he has the ability to be one of the most dynamic players in the NFL.
Don’t expect Newton to start straight away in New England. For starters, it seems like the Patriots are head over heels for Jarrett Stidham, and it certainly helps that Stidham is comfortable with the Patriots offense. Therefore, expect for Stidham to start the first few games before Newton really grasps a hold of the offense.
If Newton ends up earning the starting job, expect for Josh McDaniels to incorporate some quarterback designed run plays to try and utilize Newton’s skill set. It also may be a little difficult for Newton to mesh into the Patriots offense, as the Patriots offense is notorious for long, drawn out, efficient drives whereas Newton loves to take risks in hope of the home run ball. There will be some overlap, but if Newton clicks with the Patriots offense, then New England has the opportunity to be Super Bowl bound.
Additionally, the Patriots offense has loads of talent that Newton can use to his advantage. He’s got Sony Michel and James White in the backfield as well as Julian Edelman, Mohamed Sanu, and N’Keal Harry at the wide receiver position. Although tight end has been a weakness for the Patriots ever since Rob Gronkowski left, they do have Matt LaCosse, as well as two rookies in Devin Asiasi and Dalton Keene. Not to mention, the Patriots have one of the better offensive lines in the league with Joe Thuney, a healthy David Andrews, Shaq Mason, Marcus Cannon, and Isaiah Wynn.
Defensively, New England will still have a top five defense in 2020, even after losing Kyle Van Noy, Jamie Collins, and Danny Shelton in free agency, due to their terrific secondary fortified by Stephon Gilmore.
If Newton can feel at home in Foxborough, and even partially fill the void that Tom Brady left, expect for New England’s offense to not only be fun to watch, but to explode in 2020. Plus, with the defense going to be only slightly worse than it was last year, the Cam Newton signing makes the Patriots a playoff team. With Stidham, the Patriots would have gone somewhere between 6-10 and 8-8, but signing a guy like Cam Newton who has experience in the playoffs could propel the Patriots over the hump.