dangolka (CBS) — Cam Newton returned for the Patriots on Sunday, although the quarterback and the remainder of the New England offense didn’t have a lot success doing something in an 18-12 loss to the Denver Broncos.
Newton did make some vital throws down the stretch and likewise picked up some huge good points together with his legs, scoring yet one more speeding landing, however the Patriots’ comeback bid was too little, too late. And main as much as that time, it wasn’t a fairly efficiency from the Patriots offense, which turned the ball over thrice within the loss.
With a makeshift offensive line and receivers who weren’t capable of get open for a lot of the afternoon, Newton struggled to get into any form of rhythm in his first recreation since Sept. 27. Lots of his early throws had little or no zip on them, and he by no means appeared snug within the pocket. Newton accomplished 17 of his 25 passes for 157 yards, however two of these throws have been picked off after they have been tipped on the line of scrimmage.
“It doesn’t matter what the sputtering was on offense, the protection gave us a chance by holding them to subject objectives. That’s all we are able to ask for as an offense, however we let this slip away by our lackluster efficiency of caring for the soccer,” Newton stated after the loss.
“Turnovers, these are drive killers and recreation killers. It begins with me and I’m annoyed by my efficiency,” he added. “I didn’t get the job performed at this time so you may think about how I really feel. I don’t need this to be a pity get together. We’ve got one other alternative developing, we’ve got to observe this up with a terrific week of apply and I sit up for it.”
Regardless of the turnovers, the Patriots nonetheless had a shot to win it ultimately. However Newton’s fourth-down cross to N’Keal Harry fell incomplete as Newton threw it to the skin of the receiver, who didn’t break to the skin. Newton stated it was not a miscommunication between himself and Harry, simply one other occasion of the Patriots offense failing to transform when it needed to.
Newton additionally ran for 76 yards on 10 carries and scored the one landing of the sport within the fourth quarter — his fifth speeding rating of the season. However he confirmed off little or no pocket consciousness in a first-half sack by Anthony Chickillo, a drive that ended with a Patriots punt. That sack additionally value the crew beginning proper deal with Jermaine Eluemunor, who had his ankle rolled on on the finish of the play. That harm pressured a patchwork offensive line to use much more duct tape to carry itself collectively.
The Patriots are actually 2-3, beneath .500 in October for the primary time since 2002. Newton stated there isn’t a panic within the locker room, however he did admit that they should have much more urgency after they take the sphere in opposition to the San Francisco 49ers subsequent Sunday.
“There is no such thing as a must panic, however we for certain have a chance right here that we can’t permit ourselves to undergo the motions and count on us being who we’re goes to maintain itself. That isn’t the case and we’re not pretty much as good at this explicit level,” the quarterback stated after Sunday’s loss.
As for coming again after a two-week layoff, Newton stated he definitely felt a bit rusty when the sport kicked off. The quarterback examined optimistic for COVID-19 two weeks in the past however was activated off the reserve/COVID-19 record earlier this week. He participated within the crew’s solely apply of the week on Thursday, earlier than the Patriots determined to cancel Friday’s apply session after one other optimistic take a look at by a participant.
Newton didn’t wish to focus on his optimistic take a look at, hoping to place his bout with COVID prior to now.
“Truthfully, for me proper now, I’m attempting to maneuver ahead. Respectfully, that was two weeks in the past. I’m nonetheless bitter over the sport and simply attempting to deal with methods to get higher. Everybody is aware of what the scenario was and it’s what it’s. I do know for me, shifting ahead, I’ve to play higher soccer,” he stated.
“Respectfully, for the sake of the place we’re proper now, I don’t assume it’s useful for me to talk on that. The efficiency at this time, the day without work confirmed. However I’ve to be higher and I can be higher,” he stated.
Newton is hoping the crew could have an everyday week of apply, but when COVID adjustments their plans once more, the QB stated the crew has to do the most effective they will with no matter scenario comes their method.
“Regardless of the scenario is, we’re not the one crew dealing with it and we’ve got to be able to go shifting ahead,” stated Newton.