ESPN analyst Randy Moss expressed pleasure concerning the addition of quarterback Cam Newton to the Patriots’ offense.
“I think we are getting ready to really see how fun that offense can really be,” Moss mentioned Tuesday morning on “Get Up.” “Not discrediting anything Tom [Brady] accomplished, because he accomplished some great things, but I think being able to have a guy like Cam Newton that can run the ball, they’re able to spread guys out, and then being able to be that viable threat in the passing game that he can just tuck the ball and run.”
Moss, who performed three-plus seasons in New England, mentioned he’s trying ahead to seeing the Patriots have “an athletic and mobile quarterback.”
In six of his 9 seasons with the Carolina Panthers, Newton posted at the very least 500 dashing yards. In 2017, he ran for a career-high 754 yards and 6 touchdowns. Brady, alternatively, exceeded 100 dashing yards solely 3 times in his 20 seasons with the Patriots.
The longest run of Newton’s profession is 72 yards, whereas the longest of Brady’s 22. Newton’s whole variety of dashing touchdowns (58) is over double Brady’s (22).
“I just think what we have seen coming out of New England for the past, let’s say, 20 years, there is going to be a change in New England,” Moss mentioned. “I think we are going to see them have a lot more fun out there and Cam Newton is going to give them that opportunity for the fans, not just the New England Patriots fans, but the football fans around the world to really see how fun this offense can really be.”
Newton will probably be competing towards 2019 fourth-round draft choose Jarrett Stidham and veteran Brian Hoyer within the competitors to switch Brady, who left for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this offseason.
Moss appears to love Newton’s possibilities, although he famous his accuracy has been a query mark of late. According to Pro Football Focus, over the previous three seasons, 13.2 p.c of Newton’s throws have been thought of “high” or “overthrown.” Of quarterbacks with greater than 300 throws, solely Josh Rosen, Mason Rudolph, and Jeff Driskel logged a better proportion.
If Newton is ready to enhance his accuracy, Moss says the “sky’s the limit.”
“If Cam Newton is accurate with that football, you’re talking about getting back for another MVP or possible Super Bowl run,” he mentioned. “I’m here for that.”
Moss additionally expects coach Bill Belichick to reinforce Newton’s understanding of the sport, and permit for him to have a recent begin — at the same time as a 31-year-old former MVP.
“When I became a Patriot, I thought I knew the game of football,” Moss mentioned. “One thing that Bill Belichick does to all his players: He’s going to enhance your studying habits and enhance you as a student of the game.”