What does Cam Newton bring to the New England Patriots?

  • Bill Belichick
  • Cam Newton
  • Jarrett Stidham
  • Josh McDaniels
  • Julian Edelman
  • New England Patriots
  • Tom Brady
By timrodriguez June 28, 2020 0 Comment

The Patriots have a quarterback. Cam Newton has signed a one year deal with the New England Patriots. What does the former MVP bring to New England?

After months of waiting and anticipation, 2015 NFL MVP Cam Newton finally has a new home. Newton has signed a “bare minimum” deal with the six time Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. The Carolina Panthers released Cam Newton after nine seasons with the team. The primary reasoning for this parting of ways was Newton’s inability to stay healthy over the past two seasons. He started just two games in 2019 before being shut down for the remainder of the season.

Camp battle

While he is the undisputed best quarterback on the roster, Newton will be asked to compete in a quarterback battle to secure the starting job. His competition will be veteran journeyman Brian Hoyer and Jarrett Stidham, a former fourth round pick going into his second season. Cam is at a considerable disadvantage considering he is the only one in the room who has not played at least a full season in offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels’ system.

Financial compensation

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the contract is about as incentive based as one can be. The Patriots had to bite the bullet this off-season and have virtually no salary cap room. Future Hall of Famer Tom Brady left for Tampa Bay this off-season, leaving a $13 Million dead cap hit in his wake. New England was unable to bring back key players like Kyle Van Noy and Danny Shelton. However, a good trial season could land Newton a big payday in 2021. The Patriots are scheduled to have over $90 Million in salary cap room next off-season.

Impact on the roster

The Newton signing is great news for the young players on New England’s offense. Second year receiver N’Keal Harry is looking to break out after a disappointing 2019 and having an inexperienced quarterback was going to severely hinder his target opportunities. Stidham would have relied on Julian Edelman and James White. The experienced Newton would be more likely to take advantage of Harry’s size and speed down the field. With two rookie tight ends in Dalton Keene and Devin Asiasi, a veteran playmaker at quarterback is a godsend.

However, there are always negative repercussions for a move like this. New England will carry three quarterbacks, meaning J’mar Smith and Brian Lewerke are the odd men out. Smith’s athletic ability may land him on the practice squad. However, the unspectacular Lewerke may never get to realize his NFL dreams.

On the field

The Patriots’ roster is excellent to people who understand how they operate. Bill Belichick is the greatest coach in the history of American team sports and he knows precisely where to invest premium capital. New England doesn’t need dominant players in the front seven on defense. They prioritize team rush and gap integrity. They have been making way with good players for two decades. However, the secondary is the best in football. They value coverage over rush. With the reigning Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore anchoring the back end, this defensive back group is going to make life hell for opposing quarterbacks.

On offense, Cam Newton is an immediate spark plug. A healthy “Super Cam” is better than Stidham by a country mile. His athleticism adds a dynamic that the offense has never had. The Patriots are going to be a grind it out team that wins games 14-7. They should be the favorite to win the AFC East for the 12th consecutive year and are going to be a very tough out come playoff time.

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