It’s been a year since the New England Patriots released Tom Brady. And even now their search for a stable QB1 continues. The franchise signed former Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton to fill in for Brady.
And it’s safe to say that Cam Newton had a relatively underwhelming 2020 season. The QB threw eight touchdowns for 10 interceptions as his side fell to a 7-9 record.
Their first season with a losing record in a long time and their first playoff miss in over a decade. But the New England Patriots seem to be willing to give Cam Newton another shot.
Newton was recently signed by the franchise to another one-year deal which will see him stay with the franchise till the season end. This however does not seem to guarantee a starting spot for Cam Newton.
New England Patriots rally behind Cam Newton
During a recent press conference, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft seemed supportive of Cam Newton when asked about the QB’s performances.
“I think in fairness to Cam (Newton), I am not sure he had the proper weapons around him last year,” he said.
Kraft said that there are a lot of other factors too that contributed towards Newton’s poor showing last season. Including his bout with COVID-19.
“He got COVID and there were a lot of things that happened.”
Newton’s poor performances even saw him getting benched for backup QB Jarrett Stidham. And while the Patriots owner did rally in support of Newton, NFL reporter Ryan Hannable tweeted that Kraft did say that Stidham too didn’t get a real shot at that QB1 role.
One last shot for Newton?
The New England Patriots have spent big in the free agency market ahead of next season. Bringing in several offensive weapons including the likes of tight ends Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry, the Patriots are looking to amend the mistakes of last year.
Newton who struggled due to lack of options will now have a bunch of new stars to aim at. The former MVP showed glimpses of his former self over the course of the 2020 season.
But a lack of consistency almost ended up costing Cam Newton his job. The 2021 season could be Newton’s final shot at redemption. Go 7-9 again, and his time could well be up.