By Michael Hurley, CBS dangolka
dangolka (CBS) — Friday marked the primary full-on media day for the New England Patriots within the 2020 NFL season. Unsurprisingly, the primary matter of dialog — whether or not the chat concerned coaches or gamers from the offensive or defensive facet of the ball — after all revolved round one Cameron Jerrell Newton.
The 31-year-old quarterback was the MVP of your entire league simply 5 seasons in the past, when he led the Panthers to a 15-1 report and a Tremendous Bowl look. Accidents have actually inhibited Newton from constructing upon that MVP season, to the purpose the place he discovered himself launched by the Panthers this offseason and left unemployed for 86 nights — a period which he rigorously tracked.
On the finish of that unknown stretch, although, Newton landed himself a job with the New England Patriots, the best dynasty of the wage cap period, and a staff that had simply stated farewell to Tom Brady, the best quarterback of all time.
And although greater than a month has now handed, Newton stated Friday that he nonetheless finds that touchdown spot tough to totally consider.
“Man hear. I’m nonetheless always — I don’t need to say in disbelief at this specific time limit, man — nevertheless it’s only a surreal second. Guys, no one actually is aware of how excited I’m simply to be part of this group,” Newton stated by way of video convention name. “In some ways — one, simply following up such a robust dynasty that’s enriched in a lot status, a lineage of success. For me, lots of people would cover from the notion to do sure issues. However for me, man, I believe this chance is one thing that … I get up pinching myself every day.
“And it’s so surreal, coming down 1 Patriot Place every day, and seeing the entire ambiance,” Newton continued. “Not solely that, however seeing a lot assist round this staff in dangolka and Foxboro, it’s simply such an awesome setting. … It was loopy. I discovered myself simply placing on shirts, that’s like … I don’t know when that second’s gonna be, however I’m simply gonna maintain doing what I’m presupposed to do whereas I’m a member of the Patriots in order that some day it can click on that that is the norm.”
Whereas Newton’s arrival got here with loads of fanfare and nationwide consideration, the Patriots have maintained throughout the board that Newton must compete for the beginning quarterback job with second-year QB Jarrett Stidham and veteran backup Brian Hoyer. Newton — who referred to his fellow QBs as “Hoysty” and “Stiddy” — was cautious to not take something as a right at his new office.
“My job is to come back right here and compete, put this staff in the very best state of affairs to win, do my half, be as accessible to the staff to Coach Belichick and to Coach McDaniels as doable, and to simply get higher every day,” Newton stated, already sounding like a seasoned Patriot on the podium. “All of us have a problem in our on a regular basis life with attempting to be the very best specific individual that’s doable, and it’s no completely different within the skilled realm. My job each single day is to simply grow to be the very best skilled quarterback that I can presumably be. … I’m simply wanting ahead to the problem.”
Whereas Newton’s resume far exceeds each gamers’ mixed NFL accomplishments, Newton harassed quite a few instances on Friday that he works each day to attempt to match his personal expectations and targets for himself.
“I don’t need to show nothing — particularly to not no one. Now I’ve to show it myself. That’s the every day problem,” Newton stated. “I don’t assume no one’s expectations will ever surpass my expectations for myself. I’m simply wanting ahead to the problem, and figuring out and selecting up this complete system — not solely the philosophical means of the offense but in addition how issues are run. This isn’t a staff — I’ve solely been type of geared towards one specific staff in a single specific metropolis. However now shifting to an entire different residence has type of put the onus of attempting to adapt, and that’s one thing that has been moderately the attention-grabbing half.”
On that a part of the equation, Newton’s work with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels figures to be a essential component. Although the staff has but to hit the observe discipline to play any actual soccer, each McDaniels and Newton stated that their relationship is progressing properly within the early going.
“I believe it’s our job to assist each participant work out the right way to course of the data and exit and be capable to play quick and be aggressive on the soccer discipline. I actually do. I do know we’re asking quite a bit in regards to the quarterback place, nevertheless it applies to all new gamers,” McDaniels stated. “[Newton] is a great soccer participant. He’s performed quite a lot of soccer. He’s seen quite a lot of stuff. Guys in our league not often have the kind of success that he has had in his previous with out understanding the sport. So he learns properly.”
Earlier this summer time, Newton shared a quote from Julian Edelman on Instagram, during which Edelman warned Newton in regards to the Patriots’ advanced playbook by saying “this [bleep] is calculus.”
“Yeah, that’s what [Edelman] stated. First time I known as him, we have been each excited simply to be on the cellphone with one another. Then hastily he simply stated, hey bro, this ‘specific’ is calculus. And he stated it and it was simply humorous — from that complete 15 minute dialog, that’s the one factor that I keep in mind. It’s calculus! , on the finish of the day, soccer continues to be soccer, and you may’t make it an excessive amount of than what it already is. Josh has been there each step of the best way, in addition to Coach Jedd [Fisch], and we’ve simply been hammering away. All of the quarterbacks have been attempting to be taught this complete system for what it’s value, and we’ve been aiding one another on that as properly.”
Whereas coaches have been fast to talk typically in regards to the competitors on the quarterback place moderately than discussing Newton as a starter, inside linebackers coach Jerod Mayo shared how somebody like Newton will help the defensive facet of the ball throughout observe.
“While you take a look at our schedule this 12 months, we’re going to play a bunch of cell quarterbacks. So any time you may go in opposition to a cell quarterback every day in observe, it can undoubtedly get us higher on the defensive facet of the ball,” Mayo stated. “Trying ahead to the problem. I believe Cam is a heck of a participant.
From his personal taking part in days with the Patriots, Mayo stays aware of the scouting report on Newton.
“I keep in mind a giant, quick, sturdy, bodily man. And any time he bought into the second stage, I imply, he was attempting to run over everybody,” Mayo stated. “However he can sling it as properly. So I don’t put him on this class so far as a quarterback who simply likes to run. This man, he additionally has an awesome arm and may make all of the throws.”
As for really making these throws, it’s confirmed to be fairly tough for Newton in recent times, as he’s undergone two surgical procedures on his throwing shoulder. Mixed with a foot damage that price him nearly all of final season (and compelled him beneath the knife as soon as once more), Newton’s latest damage historical past is in depth.
However on the constructive entrance, Newton rehabbed exhausting by way of the winter and has by no means stopped figuring out by way of his unemployed spring and summer time. On the subject of hitting the sphere wholesome, Newton is able to let it rip.
“At this specific time limit,” Newton stated, “I’m a full go.”
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