Cam Newton is one of the Patriots’ captains

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The Patriots haven’t directly confirmed that Cam Newton will be the team’s starting quarterback. The fact that Cam is one of the team’s captains confirms it indirectly.

Newton joins seven other Patriots players as captains, including running back James White, center David Andrew, receiver/special-teamer Matthew Slater, linebacker Ja'whaun Bentley, defensive lineman Lawrence Guy, and defensive backs Devin and Jason McCourty. The Patriots announced their captains on Thursday.

So, yes, Newton is the starter. And it’s not even close; if he was in any danger of being benched, he wouldn’t be a captain.

It’s no surprise. If healthy, as he clearly is, Newton is one of the best quarterback in football. And the Patriots somehow got him for a contract that will pay out the maximum amount of $7.5 million only if he essentially is both the regular-season MVP and Super Bowl MVP.

Still, the first step toward proving that he still has the “S” under his football jersey is earning the “C” on top of it. He has, and it means that every team on New England’s schedule should get ready.

28 responses to “Cam Newton is one of the Patriots’ captains

  1. Things may be just as interesting in New England as it is in Tampa Bay. This is going to be a season like we have never seen before … (maybe hopefully never see again). 1 WEEK TILL KICKOFF !!!!

  2. BB just didn’t want him to start crying about it. Let’s see if he actually earns it in the season.

  3. Who does Cam Newton have as Wide receivers Myers Elderman and Harry thats it.The house is going to burn and Brady will come back just to drop off the Marshmallows

  4. When so many other QB needy teams went out there overthinking it, Belichick is just like, hey, yeah, sure I’ll take an MVP QB for like $4M. Meanwhile a team like the Bears thinks its way into $20M plus draft capital for Nick Foles.

  5. Cam never really had elite receivers in Carolina, either. I guess he overlapped with Steve Smith for a few years but all his other WRs have been pretty average overall.

  6. Angel Valle says:
    September 3, 2020 at 4:45 pm
    Very proud of white and Bentley!

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    White is a repeat choice. The surprise is Jason McCourty over someone like David Andrews.

    Great news with Bentley and his projected replacing of Hightower as the MLB gamecalller. Sounds like he’s ready to ascend.

  7. martinungrammatical says:
    September 3, 2020 at 6:21 pm
    Cam never really had elite receivers in Carolina, either. I guess he overlapped with Steve Smith for a few years but all his other WRs have been pretty average overall.

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    He and Brady had LaFell. Not saying he was elite. Greg Olsen was sort of the key factor for their passing offense.

    Benjamin was supposed to be great, but really wasn’t. Ginn was decent when he was there.

    Newton will love Edelman, though. Makes it easy on a qb, including Brady.

  8. Stidham is a fourth round QB. He is not the answer and never was. I don’t feel bad for Patriots fans because who would, however they are about to get a rude awakening.

    The fact they think they can just pluck out a QB in the later rounds and be another dynasty is actually very sad.

    Hate to break it to you all but NE passed on Brady over and over again just like the rest of the NFL. If “3-D chess” BB is so smart why didn’t he take Brady with their first round pick and immediately start him over Drew Bledsoe?

    I enjoyed the Stidham love cause it was comical. However, it also shows how out of touch NE fans are and will make the Patriots downfall much more enjoyable.

  9. martinungrammatical says:
    September 3, 2020 at 6:19 pm
    When so many other QB needy teams went out there overthinking it, Belichick is just like, hey, yeah, sure I’ll take an MVP QB for like $4M. Meanwhile a team like the Bears thinks its way into $20M plus draft capital for Nick Foles.

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    Nick Foles shredded the pats d on his way to a super bowl title. I’d take that over a league mvp in the regular season any day.

  10. Stidham should not feel too bad, Cam would have probably won the starting job even against Brady. This appears to be Cam’s year.

  11. Calling the WRs average was an understatement, I’ll acknowledge that. There were some pretty nice guys Newton had to throw to in Carolina. But they were more like 900-yard guys instead of game breakers. I meant that as a big ten-year group the WRs were overall pretty middle, not that there weren’t any good ones in there.

  12. This will certainly be interesting. Cam is somewhere between competent and good. The pats lost a LOT of players to free agency and opt outs. If cam and bill put it together this year I will be very impressed with both of them.

  13. Cam is Superman. I remember watching him in the opener a few years ago and thinking that same thing. However, that’s a double edged sword. He tends to play like Superman but of course he is human. If he can stay healthy and with the coaching of Belichick, he has a chance to really be great again.

  14. Eli Manning was named a captain before last season’s opener… he was replaced after game 2 and only played again when Jones got hurt.

  15. “Nick Foles shredded the pats d on his way to a super bowl title. I’d take that over a league mvp in the regular season any day.”

    So if you’re a Bears fan right now, you’re happy to have Foles instead of Newton? If you’re a Pats fan, you’re kicking yourself that they didn’t bring in Foles?

  16. I have a bet with a friend that the Pats get over 6 wins. If so, I get wings – I’m feeling pretty good about my bet.

    BB can coach and if Cam is locked in, this could be really fun to watch. And I’m in no way a Pats fan, but I’m interested to see BB’s coaching job this year.

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