Cam Newton among Patriots reporting for voluntary work today

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Players on the Patriots released a statement saying that “many of us” would not participate in voluntary workouts at the team facility in accordance with the recommendations of the NFL players’ union. But the statement was unsigned, and it’s unclear how many Patriots will choose not to participate.

On player who will participate is quarterback Cam Newton.

Newton is “among those leading the charge in attendance” as the Patriots begin their program today with the team facility and weight room open, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN.

It’s easy to see why Newton would want to get to work. His contract ties his pay heavily to incentives that he’ll only reach if he and the team play well. He wants to get a leg up now on earning the starting job and having himself in the best position to play well.

That’s how it will be for many players across the league. Even if they agree in theory with the NFL Players Association that they’re better off staying home, as they did last offseason, the reality is that player who are competing for a roster spot or a starting job want to do everything in their power to impress the coaching staff and have themselves ready for the season. If that means showing up to voluntary work, they’ll show up.

17 responses to “Cam Newton among Patriots reporting for voluntary work today

  1. Simply put the players on the bubble will show along with any rookies and any practice squad players, not showing almost guarantees they will not get enough reps and the coaches will take the easy route and cut them. Not to mention and “work-out” incentive will show up it would be leaving easy money on the table.

  2. What a disastrous situation for Cam.

    If Pats miss the playoff, it will be all his fault.
    If Pats make playoff, it is all because of Belichick’s greatness.

  3. “If Pats miss the playoff, it will be all his fault.
    If Pats make playoff, it is all because of Belichick’s greatness.”

    I don’t think Cam will even be the starter more than the first 3 – 4 games if that. Bill not going after one of the better vets that were FAs this offseason makes me think he’s going to draft a QB high and rather quickly insert him as the starter.

    I think Cam gets 2 – 4 games as starter if that.

  4. If Pats miss the playoff, it will be all his fault.
    If Pats make playoff, it is all because of Belichick’s greatness.

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    It is quite funny Belichick’s believers downvote the comment.

    Why? are you going to deny that it is what you are going to do?

  5. William Lee says:
    April 19, 2021 at 11:09 am
    What a disastrous situation for Cam.

    If Pats miss the playoff, it will be all his fault.
    If Pats make playoff, it is all because of Belichick’s greatness.

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    Pats missed the playoffs last year and it was mostly Cams awful QB play and fault. What’s wrong with a little accountability? Brady before him and BB always start off any presser after a loss saying they didn’t play well enough, didn’t coach well enough, etc…

    As a Pats fan I hope he tears it up and succeeds but I won’t hold my breath. He didn’t show a lot throwing the ball last year. Running for 2 yard TDs will only get you so far in this league. He needs to learn how to throw consistently…..which he hasn’t shown he can do over a decade of NFL work.

  6. Pats missed the playoffs last year and it was mostly Cams awful QB play and fault. What’s wrong with a little accountability?

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    2020 Cam was in the same situation as Bledsoe was in :

    — Belichick didn’t give his QB any downfield threats, which forced his QB to move the chains little by little, which made it almost impossible to score enough (because 75/25=3; 75/15 = 5; 75/5 = 15).

    — Short passing is easy ONLY when the QB throws 1 yard on 1st and 10, or 4 yards on 3rd and 7, or something like that, then the offense won’t be able to score enough.

    If a QB tries to throw 7 yard on 1st and 10 or 6 yards on 3rd and 7, it is high risk throw because defenders watch QB in the eyes. That is what happened to Cam Newton.

  7. I think it’s amusing that some Patriots fans want Bill Belichick fired only because he’s still here and he let Tampa Bay Tommy pout his way out of town. 😀

  8. As a Pats fan I hope he tears it up and succeeds but I won’t hold my breath. He didn’t show a lot throwing the ball last year. Running for 2 yard TDs will only get you so far in this league. He needs to learn how to throw consistently…..which he hasn’t shown he can do over a decade of NFL work.
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    Yeah. We can’t give Newton the benefit of the doubt now.

    We’ll find out who the heir to Brady is very soon and I also think he’ll get a lot of playing time in 2021. And that’s a good thing.

  9. Belichick does great service to Brady’s fans by not retiring when Brady left Patriots.

    He will continue doing it by keeping coaching for another 2-3 years when he is forced to resign.

  10. If Jarrett Stidham is his only competition then he has it made. I think BB has something planned for the draft.

  11. If Cam is so good or has such a high upside, why was he signed for Only 3.5 million guaranteed? That’s low end back up money at best & at this stage in his career that’s all he is…I’ll actually be surprised if he starts 1 game

  12. Stidham will beat out Cam as the starter….. I don’t see the Pats trading up for a QB, UNLESS the one they covet unexpectedly falls thru the cracks that makes it worth the move to trade up….

  13. Guys on the fringe have to show up its just the way it is. I hope Pats don’t waist a draft pick on Mond he is worse than Cam. If they want to spend a pick on someone do it for Jimmy or Marcus at least you know these guys can play and only cost you one pick.

  14. kissbillsrings says:
    April 20, 2021 at 10:45 am
    Stidham will beat out Cam as the starter….. I don’t see the Pats trading up for a QB, UNLESS the one they covet unexpectedly falls thru the cracks that makes it worth the move to trade up….


    Stidham is not very good. I don’t think the Patriots will be playing a season with nothing at the QB position like they had last year.

  15. William Lee says:
    April 19, 2021 at 11:09 am
    What a disastrous situation for Cam.

    If Pats miss the playoff, it will be all his fault.
    If Pats make playoff, it is all because of Belichick’s greatness. Yes recognize belichicks greatness!

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