Cam Newton and the New England Patriots had a rough season in 2020. The QB could only lead the team to a 7-9 record after a 12-4 record in 2019. But despite the critics and the questions, Newton is as motivated as ever for next season.
Cam Newton signed with the Patriots in July of last year, for a minimum contract laden with incentives. As a passer, the Auburn alum completed 66 percent of his passes but threw for only eight touchdowns. With 10 interceptions, he finished the year with a negative TD: INT ratio for the first time in his career. And even though he had 12 rushing touchdowns, the Patriots finished 27th in points.
2020 Cam Newton Stats
Passing Yards: 24th
Passing TDs: 34th
INT%: 6th Highest
Passing First Downs: 24th
Passer Rating: 28th
Dropped Passes: 26th
OL Pass Block Win Rate: T-8th pic.twitter.com/b2Q5viUUa0
— El Capitãn (@DomGonzo12) January 6, 2021
Despite a bad season as a passer, Bill Belichick and the Patriots renamed Newton as the team’s starter for Week 1 for 2021. The Patriots have a lot of depth at QB. 15th overall Pick Mac Jones is the obvious replacement for the starting job. But Jarett Stidham also had an impressive minicamp and will look to take over the job should Newton slip up.
Best throw of the day came from Jarrett Stidham during a 7-on-7 period late in practice. A deep shot down the sideline to Nelson Agholor. Unfortunately, the speedy wideout dropped it and then punted the ball into an opposite field. #Patriots
— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) June 14, 2021
Cam Newton spoke about overcoming his struggles from 2020.
The Patriots have dominated the NFL for the majority of this millennium. And Newton understands the Patriot Way.
“My faults, my bad, I’m going to get them next time — those are slowly but surely being flushed out of my vernacular,” Newton said. “And just the expectation of getting back to the standard of The Patriot Way is important for me to uphold. That’s the standard.”
Newton has held a high level of respect for rookie Mac Jones, but he also acknowledged that he has to compete for his role, with something to prove this year.
“Double-duh,” the 32-year-old said. “Yeah. It’s only 32 guys in the world that can say they are a starting quarterback in this league. … I have a job and responsibility to myself to hold myself to a standard that I know I have to play at. It is going to come with proper preparation, and that is what it’s coming down to. It’s going to come down to the comfort of understanding the system.”
One thing about Cam: He’s always gonna be motivated 😤 pic.twitter.com/FM5NzB9Rnv
— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) June 19, 2021
Cam Newton has the confidence of HC Bill Belichick which is great for him. But if he did have another string of bad performances, Newton could have played his final snap as an NFL starter. The Patriots QB situation should be very interesting to see in 2021.