Hurley: Cam Newton Is Merely Dynamite


By Michael Hurley, CBS dangolka

dangolka (CBS) — The Patriots misplaced. We get it. Wins are higher. They made some errors. They may have made a play right here or there, or benefited from a greater play name on this spot. Boo hoo hoo.

Absolutely, we’ll get to all of that within the hours and days and weeks and months to return. It’s soccer in any case, and that’s what we do.

However in the event you got here away from Sunday evening’s sport considering something aside from “holy moly, the Patriots have gotten themselves a quarterback,” you then, my buddy … you bought caught sleeping on the platform because the practice buzzed proper on by.

That practice was the towering, imposing, indefatigable Cam Newton. Sure, he was flipped over on the game-winning try on the sport’s remaining play. Sure, he might have probably made a greater learn and completed off a uncommon walk-off victory. And sure, he threw an interception that was not precisely the image of excellence.

No, Cam Newton was not good. However he was a monster.

And the underside line is … if Cam Newton is able to taking part in like that after spending simply 120 minutes because the quarterback of the Patriots, then what’s he going to appear to be in October? Or December? Or January?

Consider it this fashion: For almost all of the 2020 calendar yr, Cam Newton has been urgently attempting to inform the world that he’s wholesome. The Panthers didn’t hear; they reduce him. Each single different NFL group didn’t hear; they handed up on him earlier than the draft, after the draft and for two months past. The 2015 MVP of the NFL was left floating in soccer no man’s land, determined for one group to present him an opportunity.

Finally, Invoice Belichick smelled a price that was too good to overlook. Even then, although, the Patriots merely dipped their toes within the Cam Newton waters.

Via two video games within the weirdest NFL season we’ll ever see, they’re certain glad they did.

And Cam Newton is now not telling folks that he’s wholesome. He’s exhibiting them.

Contemplate that on Sunday evening, Newton threw for 397 yards. He’s thrown for extra yards in a sport precisely twice earlier than. He hasn’t achieved it since 2011, when he was a 22-year-old rookie. Throughout his MVP season in 2015, he solely topped 300 passing yards thrice, and the best he racked up was 340. Now on the age of 31, after surgical procedures and rehab and infinite exercises, he turned in a single his most prolific passing nights.

And as was not possible to overlook, the person stays an absolute bowling ball within the run sport. He ran 11 occasions for 47 yards, scoring two extra touchdowns to deliver his season whole to 4 by way of two video games. For perspective, as spectacular as he was in 2015 because the league’s MVP, his speeding landing whole was 10 that yr.

Via two video games, Newton is a really environment friendly 45-for-63 (71.5 p.c) for 552 yards with a landing and a decide. He’s solely been sacked thrice, and he displayed some uniquely Newtonesque escapability to spin out of a number of would-be sacks on Sunday evening.

And that’s all in an offense that he didn’t begin studying till July. With coaches and teammates he hadn’t met till July. In a brand new place with a brand new group, Newton is adapting higher than anybody might have fairly anticipated him to adapt.

Most encouraging in case you are the Patriots within the trying-to-move-on-from-Tom-Brady section of your franchise is the truth that Newton fearlessly stood down deficits in a highway atmosphere (albeit with out followers) in opposition to a group that needed to inflict ache upon him on each single snap. He didn’t flinch, and his bid to win the sport within the remaining minutes shouldn’t get flushed as a result of it got here up one yard brief.

After throwing the not-so-special decide and falling behind 28-17, Newton’s subsequent drive appeared like this:

Go full, deep center to Julian Edelman, 49 yards
Go full, brief center to Ryan Izzo, 16 yards
Run up the center, 6 yards
Go full, brief left to N’Keal Harry, Three yards

On a third-and-1 from the Seattle 3-yard line, Newton ran to the proper facet and go the Patriots to the purpose line. On the following play, he faked the identical run earlier than flipping a cross over all people and into the fingers of Jakob Johnson.

The 2-point speeding try by Newton failed (which maybe ought to have despatched an alert over to the Patriots’ sideline in case a gotta-have-it purpose line alternative arose later within the sport), however that blink-and-you-miss-it 77-yard scoring drive turned a bleak state of affairs into one among hope.

Don’t low cost the ability that comes therein.

The ultimate drive, which got here after Newton engineered one more lightning-quick landing drive to buoy the Patriots’ possibilities, was equally inspiring.

First-and-10 from his personal 19: a 13-yard completion to Harry.

First-and-10 from the 32: Full to Izzo for a brief acquire, out of bounds to cease the clock.

Second-and-7: Full to Harry for 17 yards.

Two performs later, Newton scrambles for 12 yards.

After a defensive penalty, Newton linked with Edelman deep up the left sideline for 18 yards, setting New England up with a first-and-10 on the 13-yard line. Sadly for the Patriots, Edelman was tackled simply contained in the boundary, thus protecting the clock rolling.

Cam Newton connects with Julian Edelman (GIF from

Belichick didn’t spend his remaining timeout, and a gassed Edelman went up and had an opportunity to make the game-winning catch. He simply missed.

Cam Newton’s cross goes by way of Julian Edelman’s fingers. (GIF from

Straightforward catch? Nope. Comprehensible {that a} winded Edelman was a split-second off? For certain. Go ever-so-slightly behind the receiver? Yup.

But you may wager that each No. 1 and No. 11 suppose they need to have that one. And in the event that they had pulled it off, then they’d have themselves an unimaginable victory.

However they didn’t, and they also don’t.

Nonetheless …

The truth that they’re that near that sort of win this early? Of us, that’s one thing that should preserve everybody concerned with any enterprise at 1 Patriot Place quite enthused as they give the impression of being forward on the season’s schedule. A Week 2 journey to Seattle was anticipated to be one of many hardest exams of the yr. It lived as much as the billing, and the Patriots have been one play wanting escaping with a win.

They’re that shut as a result of Newton is that good. That he’s that good this quickly … it kinda-sorta places a completely completely different spin on the prospects of this complete Patriots season.

You possibly can e-mail Michael Hurley or discover him on Twitter @michaelFhurley.


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