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Could Cam Newton Still Be Under Center For The Patriots In 2021?

The New England Patriots have a number of decisions to make this offseason when it comes to who is going to start at quarterback in 2021.

Cam Newton didn’t play as well as expected, going 7-8 as the team’s starter and putting up a QB rating of 82.9.

The team missed the postseason, but that isn’t stopping Bill Belichick from possibly going back to Newton as the starter next season.

Ben Volin of the Boston Globe reports that Belichick isn’t completely closed off to bringing back Newton, who was still a solid influence in the team’s locker room, even if he didn’t always play well.

The Pats’ offense got worse as the season went along. They scored just 326 points, 20.4 points per game, which was 27th of 32 in the league.

One thing that was a concern was Newton’s arm strength, as well as his mobility to get out of the pocket. The quarterback threw for just 2,657 yards, with eight touchdowns and 10 picks.

If Newton goes elsewhere in 2021, the team could turn to Jarrett Stidham to see what the team’s 4th round (133rd overall) pick of the 2019 NFL Draft can do at the quarterback spot.

For now, Newton’s future is up in the air, but if he’s got the support of Belichick, he could have a job for the upcoming NFL campaign after all.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."

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