The New England Patriots will have to make a big decision in the next few weeks, and head coach Bill Belichick has the best solution for his roster. New England had a different offseason, and the coronavirus pandemic affected every NFL team. The team faces one major challenge. They won’t be playing with Tom Brady, and the empty quarterback spot scares us all. Belichick had Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer on the roster, and he didn’t select a quarterback in the 2020 NFL Draft. Well, Belichick signed two undrafted quarterbacks and that’s all. Oh, wait, that’s not all. The Patriots signed Cam Newton to a one-year deal, and this changes everything.
Newton agreed to sign a one-year deal earlier this month. The signing is now official, and Newton will get $7.5 million if everything goes according to the plan. He will have to lead Belichick’s team to the Super Bowl to get all those money.
The former Carolina Panthers quarterback arrived to New England with a big chip on his shoulder. He struggled with injuries in the past three seasons and even had procedures to fix his body. Newton has to stay healthy to win games with the team. From what we can see, he is really motivated. Yes, he is also fed up with being humble.
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But, is Newton the right quarterback for the upcoming season? New England likes Stidham and everything he offers. He learned a lot from Tom Brady in 2019. Stidham is not as experienced as Newton, but he has some insane skills. The quarterback battle is too hot right now. Things will be a lot clearer after training camp.
Mike Reiss from ESPN shared an interesting take. According to him, Hoyer will have to go.
“If Cam Newton emerges as the Patriots’ starter, with Jarrett Stidham entering his second year with the team, where does that leave Hoyer?” Reiss wrote. “The Patriots could always keep three quarterbacks, especially with COVID-19 considerations in mind, but coach Bill Belichick traditionally prefers to go with two.”
Let’s see what happens in the next few weeks. Hoyer has been on and off with the Patriots for quite some time. Will they let him go again?