Patriots QB Cam Newton will enter the first legitimate position battle of his NFL career.
Is Cam Newton really ready for a quarterback job battle with the New England Patriots?
Since Newton entered the league as the first overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft, he has never had any real competition for the starting position in his nine years with the Carolina Panthers.
This is certainly not how the cookie crumbles here in New England, where nothing is ever guaranteed. For the first time in his career, Newton will face two quarterbacks, both capable of starting for the Patriots this coming season in Jarrett stidham and Brian hoyer.
Last year as a rookie, Stidham beat Hoyer for the backup job behind Tom brady. While Newton blows Hoyer out of the water in terms of talent, who can say that Stidham will fall short and become the Week 1 starter?
After all, Stidham has spent the majority of the offseason as an alleged QB1 for the Patriots – he won’t leave without a fight. In fact, dating back to his college days at Baylor and Auburn, Stidham has always emerged victorious from battles of position.
Jarrett Stidham has a legitimate case to beat Cam Newton for the starting position.
Even though Newton is more athletically gifted, Stidham still has the the top in several other ways. He built a chemistry with the youngest receivers on the team and even grew up playing youth football with the running back. Damien harris.
Additionally, Stidham has been in the playbook, working with the offensive coordinator Josh mcdaniels for over a year now. Heading into his second season, Stidham has a better understanding of the games, verbiage and expectations than Newton and even Hoyer, who is in his third stint with the Patriots.
Knowing all of this, it’s extremely difficult to predict whether Newton will be able to grab the offense enough to have a significant advantage over these guys. It’s also unclear how Newton will react and handle the situation if asked to be the replacement to at least start the season.
After his Super Bowl 50 loss, Newton made a comment that he was a “sore loser” who has since resurfaced after signing with the Pats, once talks about him failing. potentially was not the starter from the start began to flow.
While no one likes to lose, being a sore loser won’t fly on a Bill Belichick-directed football team. The “Do Your Job” philosophy in New England isn’t going to change anytime soon. Of course, Brady has had his bad sport moments on occasion, but he would never admit to being a sore loser, especially after a Super Bowl.
Regardless of landing in a gold mine like New England, nothing will be handed over to the former MVP. Will Newton seek his release if asked to start the year as a replacement? Who knows, but it is possible and we cannot exclude it.
The question doesn’t end as to whether Newton is up to the competitive challenge of a position battle during camp… can he endure that for an entire season? Will he be able to handle this?
I do not think so.
He’s been talking about a lot of things in Carolina, so what makes us think that won’t happen in New England? While he was with the Panthers, he sometimes exploded about the slowness of the game and the coaching staff, and let’s not forget how he disrespectful a female journalist when he questioned his understanding of running at a press conference in which he tried to make a joke of it (which caused him to lose sponsors).
None of these features are like Patriot’s.
Hopefully Newton being in a successful environment that the New England Patriots have to offer proves all my doubts about the former MVP. After all, we’d love to see him lead the team to a seventh Super Bowl record, right?