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Good chance Cam will be Patriots starter in 2021


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The Boston Globe's Ben Volin reports Patriots coach Bill Belichick "has done nothing but rave" about QB Cam Newton this offseason.

Newton battled through COVID, learned a new offense without a traditional offseason, and picked up a few wins for the Patriots in 2020 so it's not surprising that Belichick has a healthy amount of respect for the veteran passer. The real question is if that respect turns into another shot at starting for Newton, who is currently a free agent. Reports from earlier in the offseason indicated that a return to New England was unlikely but subsequent news has painted a much more optimistic picture for Newton. The Patriots have the 15th overall pick which may not be enough to land them the caliber of QB prospect they want. If that's the case, using the draft and free agency to give Newton some better weapons to work with seems plausible. The former Panther threw more interceptions than touchdowns last year but his top two receivers were both UDFAs with a combined seven starts before 2020. Newton may not be as physically gifted as he was in Carolina but building up a project QB via the draft doesn't seem to be in the cards for the 68-year-old head coach. Newton has a real shot at opening 2021 as New England's starter and would be an intriguing fantasy option because of his running ability. 

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That's not really surprising given their QB options available otherwise. 

Problem is his shoulder just shot? I saw him just inexplicably ground several balls last season . 

They definitely need some more WR talent but Cam needs to improve too . 

Having a mid round pick isn't that great of a position to be in. Not sure how they are looking cap wise but if they were smart they'd draft a couple wr high and sign a marquee one in free agency . 

 

I think their oline is pretty good and RB are solid . 

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Could this be the case:

He knows there is a hot QB market.  If someone signs Cam to a bigger deal, he could get a comp pick out of it?  If they think he is so great, we'll see if they sign him.

BB is keeping his options open.

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23 minutes ago, Hoenheim said:

That's not really surprising given their QB options available otherwise. 

Problem is his shoulder just shot? I saw him just inexplicably ground several balls last season . 

They definitely need some more WR talent but Cam needs to improve too . 

Having a mid round pick isn't that great of a position to be in. Not sure how they are looking cap wise but if they were smart they'd draft a couple wr high and sign a marquee one in free agency . 

 

I think their oline is pretty good and RB are solid . 

His shoulders never going to be the same, and thus his arm strength is never going to be the same. Once you go into the shoulder and start messing around you build up lots of scar tissue and lose range of motion. Sucks because he used to have a Howitzer for an arm.

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38 minutes ago, MHS831 said:

Could this be the case:

He knows there is a hot QB market.  If someone signs Cam to a bigger deal, he could get a comp pick out of it?  If they think he is so great, we'll see if they sign him.

BB is keeping his options open.

Given he only made about $1 million there isn't much potential there for a comp pick. It would be very easy to cancel him out with any signing.

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I feel bad that this organization never gave Cam an oline and got him killed and ruined his career. He had one of the strongest arms I have ever seen and could run so fast. Its sad to watch him now. We never even tried to get him blockers

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Patriots are signing Cam and trading for Teddy. They see Buffalo getting former Panther players, and say hold my beer while we snatch those QB's

The plan is to let Teddy play from the 20 to the 20, then Cam will enter in the red zone to finish it off.

 

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