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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.