New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton had some struggles in the past few weeks. Many have linked his decline with his bout with COVID-19 in October. Newton signed with the Patriots to help them enter the playoffs. He was impressive in the first few games, but things went down the hill at the very same moment he returned to the field.
“Ever since coming back from corona, to be honest with you, I felt stagnant in my thought process,” Newton said. “The play’s pre-snap production wasn’t happening fast enough for me in games. Did it happen in practice? Yeah. But still not fast enough. And even still now, I can get better. So each day, each week is an opportunity for me to really hone in on this offense and just do my job. That’s what it really boils down to.”
Cam Newton learned a lot from his struggles
The 2015 NFL MVP got coronavirus in early October. He had to miss some time on the field. His return wasn’t really spectacular. In the game against the New York Jets, Newton and his teammates struggled to win. The Patriots starting quarterback completed 27 of his 35 passes for 274 yards. However, there were no touchdowns flying through the air.
In the 23-17 win over the Baltimore Ravens, the quarterback went 13-of-17 for 118 yards and one touchdown. Newton’s total yards were low, but he had a good game and NFL analysts noted his improvement. The veteran completed 76 percent of his passes, ran one in for a touchdown and didn’t have any turnovers.
In his eight games with the Patriots, Newton completed 68.8 percent of his passes for 1,535 yards. He threw three touchdowns to seven interceptions.
Newton has to return to his best football. That’s why the Patriots signed him. Head coach Bill Belichick trusts him enough to give him the starting job. Newton competed with Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer. It was an easy battle for him, and he came out like a winner. We all know that Newton is a competitive player, and New England will need to see more of him.