5 takeaways from the Patriots’ decision to sign Cam Newton to a one-year deal

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The pickup of Newton is a extremely attention-grabbing approach to kick off the post-Tom Brady Era. A giant (6-foot-5), strong-armed passer, when he’s been wholesome and locked in, Newton has been a dynamic offensive presence.

The 2015 season was his absolute zenith: he captured the NFL MVP award, whereas main the Panthers to a 15-1 mark and Super Bowl 50. That season, he accomplished 60 p.c of his passes for 3,837 yards, 35 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

He additionally added 636 speeding yards, 10 speeding TDs, and a 4.eight yards per carry common. If he can come near replicating these numbers within the New England offense in 2020, the Patriots will probably be very pleased.

With Newton underneath middle and a fleet of game-worthy working backs (James White, Rex Burkhead, Sony Michel, Damien Harris, and others) on the backfield, this could possibly be a ground-and-pound group in terms of 2020.

While you’ll be able to argue about his accuracy at instances, the 31-year-old Newton has carved out a distinct segment as the most effective working quarterbacks within the sport – he has 4,806 speeding yards in his profession, and 6 seasons of not less than 500 yards or extra on the bottom.

The fact of the matter is that he’s the primary true cellular quarterback New England has had on its roster since Steve Grogan. In his rookie season, Newton broke Grogan’s previous report for many speeding touchdowns in a season by a quarterback.

The 31-year-old has taken a superb little bit of pounding through the years, and he was restricted by a number of accidents the final two years: In 2018, he performed 14 video games, and final season, he noticed motion in simply two contests. Last November, he went on injured reserve with a foot concern, and was on the shelf the remainder of the season. In the context of this dialog, it’s price mentioning that earlier to 2018, he was fairly sturdy, lacking simply three begins in seven years.

4. What can Newton do on a one-year deal?

According to ESPN, the Patriots may get a third-round choose again in 2022 if Newton leaves as a free agent. That may offset the penalty levied on the team by the league on Sunday evening over the Bengals’ videotaping incident.

It’ll be attention-grabbing to see if that is essentially an audition for Newton in terms of his worthiness within the eyes of the league, or if it is a show-me contract in terms of a doable long-term deal in New England.

The man who’s possibly probably the most impacted, not less than within the quick time period? Another former Auburn signal-caller, Jarrett Stidham. After New England didn’t draft a quarterback, all eyes had been on Stidham because the potential inheritor to Brady. That may nonetheless occur if Newton is one-and-done. But it’s added a brand new layer of intrigue to the Patriots in terms of the 2020 season.

5. A number of opinions from present and former Patriots on Newton through the years.

Willie McGinest on Fox Sports in May on whether or not or not Bill Belichick and Cam Newton may work collectively:

“I think Bill Belichick has handled so many different personalities that they would co-exist. It would be a great working relationship. I’m just telling you guys right now, there is a lot of respect from the Patriots organization when it comes to Cam Newton because they have played several times and Cam Newton has showed out and played at a high level every single time they’ve played. I haven’t checked the numbers, but I think Cam Newton may have a winning record against the Patriots.”

Bill Belichick on Newton, September 2017:

“I think when you’re talking about mobile quarterbacks — guys that are tough to handle, can throw, run, make good decisions … — I would put him at the top of the list. Not saying there aren’t a lot of other good players that do that, but I would say of all the guys we played recently in the last couple of years, I think he’s the hardest guy to (defend). He makes good decisions, can run. He’s strong. He’s hard to tackle. He can do a lot of different things. He can beat you in a lot of different ways. We saw that in the game in 2013. I would put him at the top of the list. I’m not saying the other guys aren’t a problem, because they are. But he’s maybe public enemy No. 1.”

It’s additionally price noting that former Patriots’ personnel exec Scott Pioli doesn’t consider Belichick and Newton could be a superb combine:

“In my mind, I don’t see those two coexisting together,” Pioli told Zach Gelb of CBS Sports Radio in May. “The personalities and beliefs of how the sport ought to be performed, it looks as if oil and water. I simply see them as being very totally different personalities and having very totally different approaches to the sport.

“Bill believes in football more than entertainment. Cam believes football and entertainment are almost equal partners. And in this day and age it is, but Bill has the soul of a football man. I just couldn’t see that working out too well. And if I did, it would probably have to be for one season.”