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Sleep on Cam Newton at your individual peril — Belichick is not any dope, and Pats are removed from irrelevant


Cam Newton is again with the Pats, and also you’d be silly to low cost him.
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Small pattern sizes are perilous for any form of evaluation, however typically, it’s all you must go on.

Cam Newton received off to a extremely good begin with the Patriots, going 62-for-91 for 714 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions in his first three video games with the Patriots final yr, main New England to a 2-1 report.

Then, he received COVID-19.

After coming back from the virus, Newton went 4 video games with out throwing a landing cross. He went 68-for-100 for 703 yards, with 5 interceptions and 7 sacks.

The remainder of the yr? In eight extra video games, Newton was 112-for-177, throwing for 1,240 yards, six touchdowns, and three interceptions. He additionally was sacked 19 occasions.

For the season, Newton rushed 137 occasions for 592 yards and 12 touchdowns, his most occasions operating into the top zone since his rookie yr, however together with his lowest yards-per-carry price since 2016.

Newton is 31 and will likely be 32 when subsequent season begins. No person ought to have any illusions about him being wherever near the quarterback who was the NFL MVP in 2015. He’s not that anymore. However he additionally very clearly was affected in his first season with the Patriots by his bout with coronavirus, to not point out the adjustment to being on a brand new group and the a number of opt-outs that made New England a really completely different squad in 2020, the primary yr of the post-Tom Brady period there.

None of that is information to Invoice Belichick, after all, and at a time when the NFL is enjoying musical chairs with quarterbacks, the Patriots are bringing again Newton on a one-year, $14 million deal.

There’s loads of purpose to anticipate Newton to be higher in 2021 than 2020, and with extra key gamers again within the fold, loads of purpose to anticipate the Patriots to be higher throughout the board. In the meantime, Newton will rely for much less towards the wage cap than Matt Ryan, Ryan Tannehill, Jared Goff, Jimmy Garoppolo, the rotting corpse of Ben Roethlisberger, Carson Wentz, Teddy Bridgewater, Derek Carr, Matthew Stafford, and Taysom Hill.

And the Patriots nonetheless have greater than $50 million of cap house.

Hope everybody loved final yr and the prospect to brag about Belichick not getting the Patriots to the playoffs. New England’s demise has been significantly exaggerated, and so has Newton’s.