Cam Newton is getting settled into his new NFL home. His first task would be mastering the new and apparently complicated New England Patriots’ playbook.
The former Carolina Panthers quarterback was signed by the New England Patriots earlier this offseason. He signed an incentivized one-year deal that could be worth up to $7 million.
Newton, who’s coming off an injury-riddled 2019 season, is hoping to have a much better season with New England. He’ll be replacing Tom Brady behind center, coached by the legendary Bill Belichick.
It sounds like it will take Newton some time to get used to everything in New England, though. Specifically, the Patriots’ playbook.
Newton said that Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman gave him a ‘one-word insight’ of the playbook: “calculus.”
The new QB-WR duo went over the playbook during a recent call.
“We were both excited just to be on the phone with each other,” Newton explained. “Then all of a sudden he just said, ‘Hey bro, this (explicit) is calculus.’
“He said it and it was just funny. From that whole 15-minute conversation, that’s the only thing that I just remembered: Calculus.”
At The End Of The Day, Football Is Still Football
Newton said the playbook, for him, boils down to just football.
“At the end of the day, football is still football and you just can’t make too much on it than what it already is. Josh (McDaniels) has been there every step of the way as well as (quarterbacks coach) Jedd (Fisch). Just been hammering away. All the quarterbacks have been trying to learn this whole system from what it is.”
Calculus or not, it’s certainly worked for New England in the 21st century. And we’re sure it’ll continue to work.
The Patriots are scheduled to open the 2020 season on Sunday, Sept. 13 against Miami.