Julian Edelman isn’t worried about Cam Newton taking too many hits

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Patriots quarterback Cam Newton had 14 rushing attempts in his New England debut. (His 15th was a kneel down.) That has prompted some to worry that he’ll eventually suffer another injury.

Patriots receiver Julian Edelman has no such concerns.

“I think our coaching staff is going to do the best they can to put him in the best situation to go out and help lead this team, and lead this offense whether that’s running, throwing, that’s up to Coach [Josh] McDaniels,” Edelman said Friday on WEEI, via Boston.com. “Cam’s a big man. He plays smart. If you really watch, he didn’t take any crazy hits. He looks like a really fast defensive end playing, guys are bouncing off of him. . . . I’m sure the coaching staff will be thinking of those things. He’s a smart football player. I’m sure he will take care of himself.”

Cam absorbed a small handful of hits that created any actual risk of injury; two came on running plays as he tried to earn a first down close to the Miami end zone while the Patriots led 14-11 in the fourth quarter.

It remains to be seen how much he’ll run this week. The New England offense isn’t based on a specific system but on the defense it expects to face, changing as needed to be as effective as possible. Appearing on Friday’s PFT PM, Tom Curran of NBC Sports Boston opined that the Patriots will call fewer quarterback runs this week.

Against the Dolphins, Newton had seven designed runs, six runs on option plays, and a scramble from the pocket on a passing play. The last time Newton faced the Panthers in 2018, he completed 25 of 30 passes, and he ran the ball eight times for 63 yards in a 30-27 loss.

9 responses to “Julian Edelman isn’t worried about Cam Newton taking too many hits

  1. With what the offense has for strengths this year, Cam fits perfectly. Just what the doctor ordered. I never cared for Cam, but in hindsight, everything he gets bashed for is nothing more then dressing flamboyant and getting worked up on the field. I remember back in the days a certain Jets qb was more flamboyant off the field in dress and lifestyle and everyone loved Broadway Joe even if you weren’t a Jets fan. Go Cam, Go Pats!

  2. And that’s exactly the kind of attitude that’s going to get him on the IR for the 3rd straight year…

  3. Funny how most pats fans love this type of play calling now, but when Lamar Jackson runs it, he’s gonna get hurt blah blah blah. Etc.

  4. Shouldn’t SOMEBODY be concerned about that? We are talking about a guy who has been injured off and on for like 4 seasons.

  5. 1st of all Cam has NEVER got hurt running the football. The 2 injuries he’s had cam from in the pocket. TJ Watt hit injured his shoulder and his lis franc cam on a side step within the pocket. You racist hater kill me talking about injuries from taking hits running. It’s never happened.

  6. It’s football,he can get hurt running out of bounds…noncontact injuries happen every year.

  7. Cam has to run smart…. pick his situations & be willing to slide or go down to avoid the bid hits….. & a little luck wouldn’t hurt either….
    Injuries happen, it’s a violent sport, you just need to stay in top condition & get the best treatment for your body between games & hope it helps with the on field play……
    Basically it is what it is….., players can get hurt in practice, look at Von……semi controlled Russian Roulette of a sorts but that’s for all players

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