Cam Newton Officially Starting QB for Patriots

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Bill Belichick officially named Cam Newton the starting quarterback for the New England Patriots at practice today. The news was first reported by Jim McBride of the Boston Globe and confirmed by Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated.

This news is not a big surprise. Even though Coach Belichick kept talking like there was a three-way QB competition with Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer, people familiar with how the Pats operate like former star linebacker Willie McGinest and longtime former offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia both were of belief that Newton was clearly going to emerge as starter.

The last two years in Carolina were not great for Newton. Last season, he played just two games, missing the rest of the season with a foot injury. The Patriots had a rash of players opt out due to coronavirus.

One of the most intriguing storylines of this NFL season is how healthy Newton will look, plus how he performs succeeding a legend in Tom Brady.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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  1. I kinda like Cam weird i know but coach will find out real quick he ain’t no Tom Brady talent wise or disposition wise i know he’s been dealing with injuries past couple years. I hope he has matured since that forever forgettable post SB loss display really acting child like never saw that from TB after his really tragic SB loses just class all the way.

  2. One thing that Brady/Manning/Brees/Rivers all have in common is a scalding intensity for preparation. I think that’s going to be Cam’s undoing with the Patriots. He’s never had to work hard at anything in his life, and Belichick is not going to let that ride.

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