Even though the Patriots’ first season after Tom Brady’s departure didn’t go as planned, the final results haven’t stopped head coach Bill Belichick from praising starting quarterback Cam Newton.
According to Ben Volin of The Boston Globe, Belichick has raved about Newton during the offseason, offering rave reviews on the veteran quarterback’s effort during the 2020 campaign. Belichick’s only area of concern about Newton’s performance is his declining arm strength. . Newton has had several surgeries on his throwing shoulder in recent years.
Newton, who turns 32 in May and is currently a free agent, started all but one game for New England last season, going 7-8 as a starter. He completed 65.8% of his passes for 2,657 yards, eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also added 592 yards rushing and 12 rushing touchdowns.
Belichick reportedly enjoyed training Newton, and Volin reports that a meeting in 2021 would not be a surprise. The Patriots could also select a quarterback in this year’s draft, and they currently have the 15th pick.
Check out the latest NFL news and notes:
- Volin also reports that despite comments to the contrary from 49ers general manager John Lynch, many in the league still hope the team will make quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo available in a trade.
- Lamar Jackson and the Ravens have begun discussing a contract extension, but the two parties remain widely separated. (Ben Volin, The Boston Globe)
- Former Giants offensive line coach Pat Flaherty is returning to the organization as an advisor. (Dan Graziano, ESPN)