After running 15 times on Sunday, Cam Newton not concerned about the toll

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In his first game as the Patriots’ quarterback, Cam Newton ran the ball 15 times for 75 yards. Newton has always been a strong runner, but 15 carries is a lot for anyone, and durability has been a particular concern for Newton in the last couple years.

But Newton brushed those concerns off this week, saying he knows how to take care of himself and the toll on his body won’t be too much.

“I just feeling like that’s just how my running style has kind of morphed over the years,” Newton said on WEEI, via Boston.com. “I just feel like I’ve gotten better at it. From the time that I got into the league until the time now, people always see the running amount, but at the same time, the toll on the runner is not always the same as a running back, so to speak. I think quarterbacks all alike have this invisible role to be able to get down in the open field, because they don’t have to finish the run as other positions would like to do. So either I’m the hammer and not the anvil, delivering the blow, or at the end of the day I can get down and, like they all say, live to fight another day.”

Newton said he was sore after the game, but noted that he was “victoriously sore.” After winning his first start as a Patriot, Newton was feeling good, no matter how many hits he took.

36 responses to “After running 15 times on Sunday, Cam Newton not concerned about the toll

  1. Cam is a great runner of the football but there is a reason why many of those backs who run into contact dont have extended careers.

    I understand Cam is a QB but his ego is going to leave him humbled. The injuries had him on the sideline the last 2 years after being injury free as a younger player. He doent slide and still wants to run over there linebackers and safeties.

  2. He did not take much in the way of big hits when he was running, and that’s the key. I was worried a couple times when he dove headfirst instead of sliding, but by and large he was pretty careful.

    There was one time when he was gang tackled and I was surprised the refs didn’t blow the whistle sooner since it was obvious his forward progress was stopped. That was down near the Fins goal line IIRC. That’s really what he has to avoid in the future.

  3. 155 yards in the air is not going to cut it. Where are the outside recievers? 37 yards?
    Blah! Seattle is looming. If the Pats play like they did Sunday, all Seattle has to do is focus on CN and JE. Contain and blitz. Game over.

    JM best come up with a new game plan!

  4. I don’t think he’ll run that much every week. Opponents will adjust and the offense will have different options available. They don’t play the Dolphins every week.

  5. If the Pats keep running the option, Cam won’t make it past week 6. He was getting hit by 2-3 defenders on every QB keep and is way too old to take shots like that week after week, especially with his recent injury history. That being said, this could be another elaborate Belichick plan. Run Cam into the ground, move to Stidham, and start losing to get a better draft pick.

  6. It’s not how many times you run, it’s how many times you get hit. If he’s finishing those runs out of bounds or on a slide, there’s not much to worry about.

  7. Cap’n Skaarj says:
    September 15, 2020 at 3:25 pm

    I’ll never understand why coaches don’t want mobile QBs to use all the tools in their arsenal

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    It only takes one big hit to a QB to change a season from promising to being essentially over. When a QB tucks that ball, defenders start frothing at the mouth because all the rules around hitting QBs are gone. That means they can hit him however they want and that frightens every coach, hence why QBs are taught to slide at the first sense of danger.

  8. He gave the only response that he could possibly give. If he says anything else, it would be spun as how dare he contradict the great Bill Belechick.

  9. Why does everyone always forget that you can’t tell anything from week one?

    Some of the comments (and even the article) make it sound like this is the final version of the offense. The Patriots were run-heavy because Miami couldn’t stop it and it was week one in a season without a true training camp. While this game plan showed what Newton is capable of with his legs, it’s doubtful it’s indicative of what future play calling will look like. I don’t think we’ll really know what this offense is supposed to look like until at least week five or six.

  10. Quarterbacks with good mental discipline and sixth-sense knack for pressure are great and long-lasting runners. Think Doug Flutie, or in today’s game Russel Wilson who’s generally as durable and available as any other QB.

    Cam unfortunately doesn’t have much of that sixth-sense, he gets away with it because he’s got so much of everything else he can take blind LB hits and still get up (mostly).

    So the x-factor here with Cam Newton I think going to be the coaching of Newton’s decision making on options and such. I like his chances there.

  11. 155 yards in the air is not going to cut it. Where are the outside recievers? 37 yards?
    Blah! Seattle is looming. If the Pats play like they did Sunday, all Seattle has to do is focus on CN and JE. Contain and blitz. Game over.

    JM best come up with a new game plan
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    16 of 19 is pretty good. 75 yards running? Awesome. Brady had 34 yards…. LAST YEAR! Fins had 8-9 in the box a lot. Once CN gets some rhythm, that’s not gonna work against NE. Heck, he only signed with the team on June 29th.

  12. I said it last year. I’ll say it again. I’ll believe it when I see it. Once the Patriots get up on an opponent by ten or more points the other team is in serious trouble. Nothing from that game tells me their secondary has slipped much at all. Then you add in an offense that can grind out yards with the run and you have a heck of a TEAM. Yes TB12 is the greatest QB to have played this game but Newton brings a whole lot of flexibility to an offense.

  13. daddeeo says:
    September 15, 2020 at 3:43 pm
    155 yards in the air is not going to cut it. Where are the outside recievers? 37 yards?
    Blah! Seattle is looming. If the Pats play like they did Sunday, all Seattle has to do is focus on CN and JE. Contain and blitz. Game over.

    JM best come up with a new game plan!

    13 17 Rate This

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    Anyone who looks at fantasy stat lines over the eye test, is a complete moron.

    Numerous qbs who bad bigger numbers on Sunday, played on a losing team.

    And, NE is loaded in the RB backfield which proves you are clueless.

    NE is not Atlanta. NE s D and STs provides them with other advantages as well. Newton managed the game, didn’t do too much and didn’t throw balls away, look lost, thumb his nose at his own teammates and didn’t throw 2 INTs like some guy #12 was doing last year and on Sunday.

    You continue to be one of the most uneducated people who post here.

    lmao

  14. 155 yards in the air is not going to cut it. Where are the outside recievers? 37 yards?
    Blah! Seattle is looming. If the Pats play like they did Sunday, all Seattle has to do is focus on CN and JE. Contain and blitz. Game over.

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    They had 220 yards rushing, averaged 5+ yards a carry, had 18 rushing first downs (29 total) and controlled the clock for 35 minutes…..but you think they should Have passed more because why?

  15. One more hit to that left shoulder that’s been repaired twice or tweaking that Lisfranc injury, and it’s back to square one.

  16. daddeeo says:

    If the Pats play like they did Sunday, all Seattle has to do is focus on CN and JE. Contain and blitz. Game over.

    If the seahawks play like they did on Sunday, all the Pats have to do is keep RW in the pocket, bump DM and TL, and not blitz. Game over.

    See? This analysis stuff is easy.

  17. Anyone who looks at fantasy stat lines over the eye test, is a complete moron.
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    And anyone who makes up stats to fit their narrative is an idiot. How is you Stidham eye test going?

  18. Dude hasn’t learned the playbook yet. They are using the plays they have that fit the team they are playing. With no preseason it will take a few games to get it together. The Pats with Brady always used the first 3 or 4 games to ramp up.

  19. So he is better at running than trying to recover a fumbled football that is right in front of him.
    Got it.

  20. They don’t want to run Newton as much, but this was his start in a new offense. Seems like he knows when to hit the ground to avoid the big hit. Like Edelman

  21. After running 15 times on Sunday, Cam Newton not concerned about the toll – neither are the Patroits….1 and done.

  22. dsigrey says:
    September 15, 2020 at 5:41 pm
    Dude hasn’t learned the playbook yet. They are using the plays they have that fit the team they are playing. With no preseason it will take a few games to get it together. The Pats with Brady always used the first 3 or 4 games to ramp up.
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    Yeah, it will take him awhile to get used to cheating.
    No worries.
    He will be broken in to do so soon enough.

  23. RG3 said the same thing. Cam has to throw the ball more often if he wants to stay healthy especially if the Pats want to repeat for the division.

  24. One more hit to that left shoulder that’s been repaired twice or tweaking that Lisfranc injury, and it’s back to square one.

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    Yeah, he should just quit I guess. Or play real cautiously because nothing bad ever happens when you do that.

  25. The offense will continue to be game plan specific has been forever. newton running is an awesome wepon to have in short yardage and goal line situations they will continue to use while rounding the rest of the offense into form.

  26. Maybe he should only run it 13 times…like K Murray did for Arizona.BB is a smart coach and doesn’t reveal his hand the first week of the year.They came into this game saying we will establish the run and stuck with it because Miami had no answer.Why let Cam throw it all over the place?To prove he can?He didn’t have one pass that traveled more than 15 yards in the air and the pundits aré saying where are the Wrs.They cannot win like this..meanwhile BB is watching them put 8 in the box and watching the DBs sneak to try and help against the run…trap is set.The Patriots are a week to week game plan specific team and BB is the leader.Why are you still doubting?He did the same thing when Brady was QB.One week Brady would throw 50 times..the next the Patriots would run it down your throat.If you expect this week in and week out…welcome to Football because you just started watching it.

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