The New England Patriots missed the playoffs in 2020 and head coach Bill Belichick changed the approach. Sort of. The Patriots head coach was explosive in free agency. He got a bunch of great players giving his team a chance to win more games. New England struggled on both parts of the game, and the offense was awful. Cam Newton missed the chance to win a ring with the Patriots and he used the offseason to adjust his game.
The 2015 NFL MVP lacked weapons in 2020 and got COVID. He suffered many injuries in the past few seasons and we were able to witness the wear-and-tear last year. Well, Belicick saw something great in Newton and decided to give him another chance. The veteran signed another one-year deal with the Patriots and he will probably go under center.
The Patriots selected Mac Jones with the 15th overall. Brian Hoyer signed a deal, too. Jarrett Stidham is under contract. Where does this leave Newton?
Cam Newton is busy in the offseason
Jones will probably challenge Newton for the starting position, so the veteran is doing his best to hold onto the job.
Mike Reiss from ESPN reported that Newton has been working with a throwing coach in the offseason as he is trying to work on some of his fundamentals.
“Quietly and with little fanfare, Cam Newton had been working with a throwing coach to rebuild some of his fundamentals this offseason. Some who shared a field with him this past week at voluntary Patriots workouts — the first time players were on the field as the program shifted to its second phase — noticed a difference. What does it mean in the big picture? The essence of the Patriots’ offseason program is teaching-based, with the goal to give every player what they need so they can be in the best position to compete come training camp, so any pure evaluation is premature. But some teammates view Newton as getting off to a nice start last week.”
Newton had issues with the passing game in 2020. He completed 65.8 percent of his passes for 2,657 yards, eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions. A notable thread on the ground, Newton struggled to go through defenses.