The New England Patriots plan to sign Cam Newton to a one-year deal and his future with the team will be much clearer in Week 1. Many believe that Newton will take the starting position with the team in 2020. Ryan Hannable of WEEI Sports Radio Network explains that the Patriots may release Newton if he doesn’t start the Week 1 game.
“With that being said, don’t assume Newton is locked in to be the Patriots’ starter come Week 1. Bill Belichick has always picked the best player for the job at any position regardless of who the players are. So if Stidham has a better summer than Newton and gives the Patriots the best chance to win, Stidham will get the job. It’s highly unlikely Newton sticks around to be the backup, so it’s likely either he’s the Week 1 starter or released following training camp.”
The Patriots are confident about Week 1
Tom Brady left the team in free agency, leaving the Patriots with an empty position. His successor will have to try really hard to lead the team. Instead of getting a quarterback in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Patriots decided to use Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer. Bill Belichick also signed two undrafted free agents following the draft.
However, the Patriots also got Newton. They didn’t show much interest in the 2015 NFL MVP, but now they invited him for the physical.
Newton is coming off of a season-ending foot injury. He missed a total of 16 games in the past two seasons. Newton is talented but he was plagued with injuries.
COVID-19 had an impact on the offseason, and Newton doesn’t have much time to learn the Patriots’ offense. He will also have to stay healthy to lead the team.
If Newton doesn’t have the skills the Patriots need, they may get rid of him before the start of the regular season.
Let’s see how will things go for the Patriots. 2020 will give them a lot of changes and challenges. Will Belichick find the right way to lead the team to another Super Bowl run? We bet he will.