Cam Newton: So much I need to get better at

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It has started to look like Cam Newton will be the Patriots’ starting quarterback this season, but Newton said on Wednesday that he is not ready to start thinking that way.

Newton has been seeing more practice reps with the first team than Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer and Stidham is dealing with a hip injury, but Newton told reporters that he doesn’t consider himself the likely Week One starter at this point.

“Absolutely not. Every day is a work day for me,” Newton said, via Mike Reiss of “That label is not important to me right now,” Newton told reporters. “I have so much I need to get better at, so much I need to learn, so much I need to be comfortable with. Throughout this process, that’s the last thing that I’m pretty much worried about.”

Newton said that there are times things aren’t firing mentally at the line of scrimmage the way he’d hope. He thinks Hoyer is “as sharp as can be” when it comes to the offense and has been answering questions that Newton has about the offense. That won’t help Hoyer’s chances of getting the job, but it should be a plus for the Patriots as a whole.

20 responses to “Cam Newton: So much I need to get better at

  1. he is being held accountable. The difference between a coach who plays players vs a coach who plays to win.

  2. Well he’s saying all the right things and acting very humble. Not exactly like the Cam of the past. As a Pats fan, I’m getting more excited about the upcoming season.

  3. It’s going to be a loooooong season for Pats fans who have been spoiled by having Brady for the last 2 decades.

  4. As a Bills fan, I have many reasons to not want Cam to succeed but who doesn’t love a redemption story. He finds a coach who is up to the task of holding him accountable and him wanting to rise to the occasion and set his ego aside in the process.

  5. Was it the complete lack of interest in you, over the offseason, that led you to that insightful conclusion Cam?

  6. “So much I need to get better at“

    Like jumping on fumbles in the Super Bowl

  7. He is being taught no, no, no Cam. Every throw matters and wipe that smile off your face. So yeah maybe just maybe now he is starting to see why Carolina let him go. Nobody is bigger than the team.

  8. “That won’t help Hoyer’s chances of getting the job.”

    I’m doubting those chances were really that great based on, well, Hoyer’s career.

  9. It’s going to be a loooooong season for Pats fans

    I’ll take a long season over decades of ineptitude

  10. As a dolphins fan who has a strong dislike for the Patriots and a stronger dislike for players with bad attitudes—I am totally rooting for this guy.

  11. If he’s healthy AND he drinks the Kool Aid, he could be a big asset for NE while Stidham continues to develop.

    Honestly, I wasn’t sure that he’d be able to check his ego at the door, but it sounds like he might have. Stay tuned.

  12. From listening to Cam it sounds like Rivera might not be as good as advertised…

  13. I’ve been finding him very refreshing. At least he’s not trying to sell me concussion water and avocado ice cream.

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