The New England Patriots may be moving on from their signal-caller, and Cam Newton will probably look for another home in the NFL. Head coach Bill Belichick has yet to make a decision on his starting quarterback. Will Newton stay with the team in 2021?
Josina Anderson talked to a team source about the situation in New England. The source said, “ Long way from all those decisions.”
Patriots may be moving on from Cam Newton for a reason
The Patriots signed Cam Newton to a one-year deal in July. He was offered the veteran minimum. Truth is, New England was the only team to offer Newton a job. Head coach Bill Belichick made him compete with Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer. The 2015 NFL MVP was named quarterback No.1 and had great start of the season.
Newton was amazing in his two games as a Patriot. He rushed for four combined touchdowns and threw for about 400 yards in the Week 2 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. This was the best moment of Newton’s season with the Patriots. His performance went down the hill, and interestingly, he isn’t the only one to be blamed for the disappointing season.
The veteran quarterback finished the season with a 7-8 record. He missed one game in the regular season. Newton completed 66 percent of his attempts and averages 7.2 yards per pass attempt. These are great numbers, and Newton rushed for 592 yards and 12 touchdowns.
There’s one major problem. Newton’s passing game wasn’t that great. He threw just eight touchdown passes and was horrible in the red zone. The quarterback connected on 52 percent of his attempts from inside the 20-yard line. His 47.4 total QBR is the second-lowest in his career not considering his 2019 season. Newton played two games in that year.
The Patriots have several options at the moment. They have enough cap space to get a talented player and may also look to trade for Deshaun Watson. Maybe Belichick will keep Newton on the roster and surround him with great weapons. But, the veteran may not re-sign with the Patriots.