Cam Newton Makes Patriots Legit Threat in AFC Again

Cam Newton Makes Patriots Legit Threat in AFC Again

The New England Patriots sent shockwaves through the NFL late Sunday night with the signing of QB Cam Newton. They became the first team in NFL history to lose a former NFL MVP and then sign a former NFL MVP in the same offseason.

The Patriots weren’t left with many options after not drafting a QB in the top three rounds of the 2020 NFL draft. Tom Brady bailed on the team that drafted him and made his way to Tampa Bay. Based on the signing of Newton, Jarrett Stidham not the future of the Patriots.

My 2020 prediction for the Patriots before the Newton signing was a measly 3-13 record. I had them penciled in for a top five pick in the 2021 NFL draft where they would then take another QB. With Newton coming on board, I now have them at 9-7 which will probably come with a wild card spot in this new playoff format.

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The argument being made to discredit Newton after this signing is that he has only played in 2 games 2019 season. What that doesn’t take into account is that he was benched when he came back from injury in 2019 and then basically put himself on the IR. The new regime that took over when Ron Rivera was fired never gave Newton a fair shake.

In Newton’s nine years in the league he has a combined 68-55-1 record. If we take 2019 out of the conversation then Newton has only ever missed five games. He’s thrown for 29,041 yards in his time in the league while his touchdown to interception ratio is 182:108.

Another big piece of Cam Newton’s game is his legs. He has ran the ball for 4,806 yards and 58 touchdowns in his career. His leg movement give the Patriots offense a new dimension that it would never see with Brady.

Newton is a former league MVP. He has been to a Super Bowl. They lost that Super Bowl to the Denver Broncos. What the Patriots are getting in a 31 year old mobile QB is far better than what Tampa Bay is getting in Tom Brady.

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