Nelson Agholor: Cam Newton can do whatever needs to be done

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The Patriots’ decision to bring quarterback Cam Newton back for a second season wasn’t met with universal praise from outside the organization, but it didn’t seem to hurt the team when it came time to talk to free agent wide receivers.

Kendrick Bourne said at his introductory press conference this week that Newton is “going to ball out” and Nelson Agholor had similarly positive things to say about Newton when he met the media on Thursday.

“Cam Newton is a great quarterback,” Agholor said, via Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal. “I think he’s a league MVP for a reason. I know he can do whatever needs to be done. For me, it’s just about getting out there to practice with him. And I’m excited. Excited to work with him. Excited to grow. I know he’s going to push me.”

There are plenty of mock drafts that predict the Patriots will be drafting a quarterback in the first round next month. That would offer the team a different path at the position, but the current one doesn’t seem to be an issue when it comes to attracting players.

24 responses to “Nelson Agholor: Cam Newton can do whatever needs to be done

  1. It’s gonna be awkward for him when Stidham beats outCam for the starting job….. Cam is DONE!!!!

  2. I know he can do whatever needs to be done.
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    Except fall on a fumble in the biggest game of his career.

  3. They will be moving up for a QB. Their 4 biggest needs after QB were TE, WR, DT, and LB. All were filled in free agency. They have 10 draft picks, and not that many roster spots. Throw in Gilmore as a possible trade chip and they have the ammo.

  4. 6 years is an eternity in the NFL. And that’s how long it’s been since Cam has been a great QB. And even then, it was a flash in the pan.

  5. If Cam can sit on the bench & hold a clip board & then be a solid presence in the locker room as Stidham leads the team then yes, Cam can do whatever needs to be done!!!
    I NEVER want to watch such horrific QB play again like I had to witness last year….what Bill sees in that guy is beyond me….
    Every time Bill put Stidham in last year the game was ALREADY LOST & TRUE QB play calling was not even an option for him as EVERYONE knew he was going to have to drop back & pass in order to have any chance at a comeback…. pretty unrealistic expectations, especially coming in cold & down by 20+ points with a quarter or less to play & an ALREADY mentally defeated/predictable offense…..
    Love to watch Stidham start ALL SEASON to really see what he has or hasn’t got to offer…..
    The thought of Cam as the starter just depresses the heck out of me…. so hard to get excited about the team even after all these signings knowing that if Bill pushes all his chips in with Cam again the game/season is ALREADY LOST…..

  6. kissbillsrings says:
    March 25, 2021 at 9:50 am
    If Cam can sit on the bench & hold a clip board & then be a solid presence in the locker room as Stidham leads the team then yes, Cam can do whatever needs to be done!!!
    I NEVER want to watch such horrific QB play again like I had to witness last year….what Bill sees in that guy is beyond me….
    Every time Bill put Stidham in last year the game was ALREADY LOST & TRUE QB play calling was not even an option for him as EVERYONE knew he was going to have to drop back & pass in order to have any chance at a comeback…. pretty unrealistic expectations, especially coming in cold & down by 20+ points with a quarter or less to play & an ALREADY mentally defeated/predictable offense…..
    Love to watch Stidham start ALL SEASON to really see what he has or hasn’t got to offer…..
    The thought of Cam as the starter just depresses the heck out of me…. so hard to get excited about the team even after all these signings knowing that if Bill pushes all his chips in with Cam again the game/season is ALREADY LOST…..

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    You’ve hit the nail on the head. Who knows, maybe this is part of BBs method to the madness.

    The bottomline is, Stidham’s preseason in 2019 was outstanding, enough to earn the lone back up role which proves they were impressed. Only JimmyG had that before as a rookie behind Brady.

    The pandemic has created a pro Brady anti-whoever excuse for trolls and losers, but not much else.

    A full offseason, some upgraded weapons, generally more stability and no once a century pandemic discombobulation in play this year, and I have a hard time believing Newton’s preseason will be better than Stidham’s or even whoever it is they may draft. Newton had had bad habits with his menachics and now is old, slow and has a bad shoulder, where he clearly doesn’t fit the need for accuracy and a timely release.

    Stidham at least looks the part. Imagine how he would look with this offseason, ability to be coached and building blocks into preseason.

    I glad people like Newton, but he is paid at back up money for a reason.

  7. People are really selling Cam short. He had nothing to work with last year. Even w/ Edelman healthy, he would have had one of the worst WR corps in the league.

    Last year’s Patriots team in general was one of the least talented in the league. It was the worst team they had in the BB era, imo.

    Upgrading the WR’s and getting that 2-TE set rolling again w/ Jonnu and Henry will do wonders for his game. NE also has one of the best O-lines in the league now. If Cam does start (and it remains to be seen if BB is still looking to upgrade), he’ll be a lot better than he was last season.

  8. Cam Newton is going to do great this year, he is healthy, he has real weapons, and I have to believe getting COVID last year really impacted his play. I worry sometimes that people here are so “anti-Cam” and it feels a bit about his personality. Let’s let him have some time in the off season, and between him and Stidham (I’m an Auburn Alumni as well) I think the Patriots will do well in the QB position.

    So, GoCAM! I am looking forward to a great year this year

  9. swsnj says:
    March 25, 2021 at 12:51 pm
    Cam Newton is going to do great this year, he is healthy, he has real weapons, and I have to believe getting COVID last year really impacted his play. I worry sometimes that people here are so “anti-Cam” and it feels a bit about his personality. Let’s let him have some time in the off season, and between him and Stidham (I’m an Auburn Alumni as well) I think the Patriots will do well in the QB position.

    So, GoCAM! I am looking forward to a great year this year

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    You’re spot on with the personality thing. Even some of these so called Patriots “fans” are rooting for him to fail. Thankfully, they don’t make the football decisions and those are left up to people who actually understand the game. They’ll quickly flip back if he starts out strong on the season.

  10. kissbillsrings says:
    March 25, 2021 at 9:50 am
    If Cam can sit on the bench & hold a clip board & then be a solid presence in the locker room as Stidham leads the team then yes, Cam can do whatever needs to be done!!!
    I NEVER want to watch such horrific QB play again like I had to witness last year….what Bill sees in that guy is beyond me….
    Every time Bill put Stidham in last year the game was ALREADY LOST & TRUE QB play calling was not even an option for him as EVERYONE knew he was going to have to drop back & pass in order to have any chance at a comeback…. pretty unrealistic expectations, especially coming in cold & down by 20+ points with a quarter or less to play & an ALREADY mentally defeated/predictable offense…..
    Love to watch Stidham start ALL SEASON to really see what he has or hasn’t got to offer…..
    The thought of Cam as the starter just depresses the heck out of me…. so hard to get excited about the team even after all these signings knowing that if Bill pushes all his chips in with Cam again the game/season is ALREADY LOST…..

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    Stidham is not the answer. He looked his best during the 2019 preseason going up against players that were out of the league two weeks later. That same year he was pulled out of mop-up duty because he allowed the other team to come back. He looked so good last offseason that the Patriots brought in Cam and Hoyer. In the game that Cam missed, they went with Hoyer. Once they were knocked out for the playoffs, they still went with Cam.

    Maybe last season the team was protecting Stidham from Brady’s shadow and once they saw how bad the skill positions were they were just trying to make sure he wasn’t going to get killed on the field.

    Maybe the only reason he is still on the roster is because his contract costs them nothing, he has experience in their system, and his trade value is his body weight in sunflower seeds.

    Maybe it is collusion in the NFL that all of the Auburn QBs have to be on the same team so we don’t have to suffer through more than one game a week.

  11. billsrthefuture says:
    March 25, 2021 at 11:32 am
    People are really selling Cam short. He had nothing to work with last year. Even w/ Edelman healthy, he would have had one of the worst WR corps in the league.

    Last year’s Patriots team in general was one of the least talented in the league. It was the worst team they had in the BB era, imo.

    Upgrading the WR’s and getting that 2-TE set rolling again w/ Jonnu and Henry will do wonders for his game. NE also has one of the best O-lines in the league now. If Cam does start (and it remains to be seen if BB is still looking to upgrade), he’ll be a lot better than he was last season.

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    Selling him short? Like his throws to wide open guys? You wouldn’t know a good qb because you havent seen one with proper mechanics in 25 years.

    He was awful. A turnover machine, had 7 seconds to throw on almost evety down in front of a good oline and still couldn’t process the right read.

    It’s a hard system but his football IQ blows. That’s why he runs. It’s why Lamar Jackson runs. It only goes so far.

    Stick to tiddlywinks. If Newton was the guy for real, he would have been signed way earlier in 2020 and gotten more money this year with olenty of cap space.

  12. bartholomew says:
    March 25, 2021 at 1:53 pm
    kissbillsrings says:
    March 25, 2021 at 9:50 am
    If Cam can sit on the bench & hold a clip board & then be a solid presence in the locker room as Stidham leads the team then yes, Cam can do whatever needs to be done!!!
    I NEVER want to watch such horrific QB play again like I had to witness last year….what Bill sees in that guy is beyond me….
    Every time Bill put Stidham in last year the game was ALREADY LOST & TRUE QB play calling was not even an option for him as EVERYONE knew he was going to have to drop back & pass in order to have any chance at a comeback…. pretty unrealistic expectations, especially coming in cold & down by 20+ points with a quarter or less to play & an ALREADY mentally defeated/predictable offense…..
    Love to watch Stidham start ALL SEASON to really see what he has or hasn’t got to offer…..
    The thought of Cam as the starter just depresses the heck out of me…. so hard to get excited about the team even after all these signings knowing that if Bill pushes all his chips in with Cam again the game/season is ALREADY LOST…..

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    Stidham is not the answer. He looked his best during the 2019 preseason going up against players that were out of the league two weeks later. That same year he was pulled out of mop-up duty because he allowed the other team to come back. He looked so good last offseason that the Patriots brought in Cam and Hoyer. In the game that Cam missed, they went with Hoyer. Once they were knocked out for the playoffs, they still went with Cam.

    Maybe last season the team was protecting Stidham from Brady’s shadow and once they saw how bad the skill positions were they were just trying to make sure he wasn’t going to get killed on the field.

    Maybe the only reason he is still on the roster is because his contract costs them nothing, he has experience in their system, and his trade value is his body weight in sunflower seeds.

    Maybe it is collusion in the NFL that all of the Auburn QBs have to be on the same team so we don’t have to suffer through more than one game a week.

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    You are clueless. It’s called the eye test. Brady had it, JimmyG had it, I saw Rodgers have it in 2005, then he sat behind Favre for 3 years.

    Stidham is smarter, faster, more accurate with better mechanics. Period. What he lacked compare to Newton was experience leading a team through a season. That’s it.

    Give Stidham time with the 1s and another full preseason and watch him outperform Newton. Newton hasn’t been good for 3 years.

  13. touchback6 says:
    March 25, 2021 at 2:19 pm
    bartholomew says:
    March 25, 2021 at 1:53 pm
    kissbillsrings says:
    March 25, 2021 at 9:50 am
    If Cam can sit on the bench & hold a clip board & then be a solid presence in the locker room as Stidham leads the team then yes, Cam can do whatever needs to be done!!!
    I NEVER want to watch such horrific QB play again like I had to witness last year….what Bill sees in that guy is beyond me….
    Every time Bill put Stidham in last year the game was ALREADY LOST & TRUE QB play calling was not even an option for him as EVERYONE knew he was going to have to drop back & pass in order to have any chance at a comeback…. pretty unrealistic expectations, especially coming in cold & down by 20+ points with a quarter or less to play & an ALREADY mentally defeated/predictable offense…..
    Love to watch Stidham start ALL SEASON to really see what he has or hasn’t got to offer…..
    The thought of Cam as the starter just depresses the heck out of me…. so hard to get excited about the team even after all these signings knowing that if Bill pushes all his chips in with Cam again the game/season is ALREADY LOST…..

    ~~~

    Stidham is not the answer. He looked his best during the 2019 preseason going up against players that were out of the league two weeks later. That same year he was pulled out of mop-up duty because he allowed the other team to come back. He looked so good last offseason that the Patriots brought in Cam and Hoyer. In the game that Cam missed, they went with Hoyer. Once they were knocked out for the playoffs, they still went with Cam.

    Maybe last season the team was protecting Stidham from Brady’s shadow and once they saw how bad the skill positions were they were just trying to make sure he wasn’t going to get killed on the field.

    Maybe the only reason he is still on the roster is because his contract costs them nothing, he has experience in their system, and his trade value is his body weight in sunflower seeds.

    Maybe it is collusion in the NFL that all of the Auburn QBs have to be on the same team so we don’t have to suffer through more than one game a week.

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    You are clueless. It’s called the eye test. Brady had it, JimmyG had it, I saw Rodgers have it in 2005, then he sat behind Favre for 3 years.

    Stidham is smarter, faster, more accurate with better mechanics. Period. What he lacked compare to Newton was experience leading a team through a season. That’s it.

    Give Stidham time with the 1s and another full preseason and watch him outperform Newton. Newton hasn’t been good for 3 years.

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    You want to use the eye test? In 2019 Stidham was good enough in the preseason to take a roster spot from Hoyer. After the horrible performance against the Jets where Brady had to come back into the game, Stidham was allowed to throw 1 more pass that season. In 2020 the eye test says that Stidham’s play was so uninspiring that the team brought back Hoyer and signed a vet coming off of multiple injuries over playing Stidham. Against KC and the Bills where he got meaningful playing time, he showed absolutely nothing.

    You compare Stidham to Brady, Jimmy G, and Rodgers; but the more accurate comparison right now is to Hoyer. Might be good enough for a couple of wins as a starter for a team in a pinch, but not a player a team wants to design an offense around.

  14. Cam did have little to work with, but he is way to stiff in the pocket, and only seems to be able to throw with any power when he gets a running start.

    They better draft 2 qb’s and hope 1 pans out by mid year.

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