Cam Newton working to “rebuild” some of his throwing fundamentals

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In 2019, then-Panthers quarterback Cam Newton changed his throwing motion following shoulder surgery. Before it could be fully and properly evaluated, a foot injury ended his season after only two games.

Now preparing for his second season with the Patriots, Newton is making more changes. Via Mike Reiss of ESPN.com, Newton worked with a throwing coach in the offseason “to rebuild some of his fundamentals.”

Reiss reports that some teammates noticed a difference this week during Phase Two of the offseason program. Some regarded Newton as “getting off to a nice start.”

There’s never been any question about Newton’s work ethic. He puts in the work. Appearing this week on Michael Irvin’s podcast, former Patriots receiver Julian Edelman made an interesting observation.

“Cam works hard,” Edelman said. “Now, we’ve got to see if he can work smart in the right areas, and if he does that, he’s going to give himself an opportunity to do well.”

There’s an important caveat, thanks to the presence of a rookie quarterback selected with the fifteenth pick in the 2021 draft.

Newton, as Edelman said, is “going to have to beat out the young gun, because the young guy is there. . . . This kid [Mac Jones], that’s a first-round draft pick. That’s, like, a real first-round draft pick.”

Yes he is. Some still believe, despite predictable protestations from the 49ers, that the move from No. 12 to No. 3 was made with the intent to take Jones.

However it plays out, the best player will play. With the Patriots and Bill Belichick, that’s the standard. That’s the test. If Newton gives the team the best chance to win games, he’ll play. If it’s Jones, he’ll play.

42 responses to “Cam Newton working to “rebuild” some of his throwing fundamentals

  1. This will be Cam Newton’s last year with the Patriots, then it’ll be the “Bic Mac” show and rightfully so. Cam Newton is too full of himself and always has been. P.S. You cannot change your throwing motion once you get past junior hi school. I love throwing footballs and have since 2nd grade and I’ve thrown a million of’er. I learned by watching Unitas, Namath, Montana not to mention several others and with the help from my dad. Changing your throwing motion as an adult is ludicrous-you’ve got to go with what you’ve got

  2. Geez, this guy was MVP five years ago and one of the most dominant players in the NFL. He doesn’t need to change his throwing motion, he just needs to get his confidence back. The fact that he would ALTER how he plays is a major sign he’s still not right mentally, which means he’s going to fizzle out.

  3. If the move from #12 to #3 was to take Mac Jones then why did they not take him at that spot? I think we know who they moved up to get because they surely drafted their target. They had 3 to pick from.

  4. Let’s be honest, he’s never been that good of a passer. And now his arm/shoulder are pretty much gone. He can barely throw the ball 20 yards down the field. It would be beyond shocking if he started every game at QB for the Patriots this year.

  5. Not convinced that Cam is still a New England Patriot when the season kicks off.

  6. Nothing to rebuild, it is much much harder to SCORE ENOUGH by throwing to receivers IN FRONT OF defenders than by throwing to WR BEHIND defenders.

    That was how Belichick ruined the careers of Kosar and Bledsoe, and 2020 Newton, by not giving his QB fast deep threats. When Brady had the skills to score enough by throwing to receivers in front of defenders, Belichick shamelessly took the credits.

  7. Newton willl be seen as the inferior player to both Jones and Stidham.

    It’s a process from now through preseason, and Newton will not magically look better.

    BB can say what he wants but there won’t be a fantasy on anyone’s tv screen for Newton.

    No one will ever know why BB is making special excuses for Newton or why Stidham has been buried or smeared in the press, other than the
    media loved creepy Brady, and would smear any unknown potential replacement.

    By adding Jones, it just strengthens the Jones/Stidham pairing for years to come.

  8. Consider what Paul Brown did with Otto Graham, and revolutionized the game. If Bill Belichick was a similar kind of genius, then he would revolutionize the game with the best pass-run threat QB in the history of the game. Name one other player with more than 5,000 yds rushing AND more than 30,000 yds passing. You don’t get there by mistake. Next closest is Steve Young and Russell Wilson with over 4,000 yds rushing — 20% less.

  9. It’s very well documented that Cam Newton has and has always had a below average arm. It’s strange because he’s 6’5 250 lbs. of other worldly athleticism and his throwing motion looks so labored start to finish just to derp it 10-15 yds down the field. It’s almost like a baseball pitcher’s wind up and throw…it reminds me a lot of how Byron Leftwich use to throw.

  10. All-American Voltron says:
    May 23, 2021 at 9:51 am
    Geez, this guy was MVP five years ago and one of the most dominant players in the NFL. He doesn’t need to change his throwing motion, he just needs to get his confidence back. The fact that he would ALTER how he plays is a major sign he’s still not right mentally, which means he’s going to fizzle out.

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    It’s cute that you think he was ever a great passer. At the time of his MVP season he was the career RUSHING TD LEADER for QBs. He hasn’t had a 4000 yard passing season in the last 10 years. It’s been 5 years since he even had 3,500 yds.

    Cam won games by being the biggest player on the field and running over smaller defensive backs when they tried to tackle him. He delighted in pretending to run out of bounds and then running over defensive players when they held up to not get a penalty.

    Look at how the Patriots utilized him last year, they know his best asset is his rushing ability. His biggest problem isn’t his throwing motion, it’s his inability to take the punishment of a running back and remain healthy at his age.

  11. Well, whatever happens with Cam Newton, NE didn’t take Mac Jones in the 1st round for him not to be the starting QB sooner than later.

  12. Belichick was impressed by Cam when the Panthers played the Patriots, and he wants to give him every chance to be that guy again–especially when Cam is such a hard worker and works well with all the players and coaches. Belichick will give him a fair chance during camp and preseason, and I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see him be the regular season starter. No reason why Mac Jones should be thrown into the fire right off the bat. Even Mahomes was gives a year to settle into the pros.

    Cam looked at lot better at the beginning of last season, so I’d like to see how he looks this season with the stronger personnel, the time to really learn the playbook, and sure, some tweaking of his throwing motion. With good targets out there, his running threat might be more strategically utilized. It’s going to be intriguing to see the new-look Patriots this season.

  13. haven’t seen cam play since the panthers’ super bowl season. Dude throws fine.
    The offense he was in had him holding the ball too long. way too long waiting for bummy receivers to turn into jerry rice. The earlier was right to point out that bb’s short pass slant offense isn’t great for all qbs. get some faster players without stone hands and maybe idk adjust the playbook to capitalize on what you have.

  14. This is his 9th or 10th season and he still hasn’t mastered the fundamentals of the job? It’s like a carpenter who can’t consistently saw in a straight line. He’s obviously a fine athlete and could/ should have worked on it almost a decade ago.

  15. Cam looked at lot better at the beginning of last season,

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    That is typical when opponents don’t have video to study a QB or when opponents have no clue how the QB is going to play, like RG III and Mitch Trubisky, like first 12 games for Russel Wilson with DK.

    BTW, given that Pats playbook is thick with hundreds (or thousands) of play designs for a pocket passer, a pocket QB usually is able to find plays that fit his strength. Hence I believe Marco Jones is actually the best 1st round QB for Pats, but don’t expect he will be able to master those “easy” plays and “easy” routes, Brady was the only one who was able to command them.

  16. Maybe he should work to rebuild being an actual football player and not being a fly-looking, conceited and slick Rick acting fool.

  17. That was how Belichick ruined the careers of Kosar and Bledsoe, and 2020 Newton, by not giving his QB fast deep threats.

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    Bledsoe had Terry Glenn, who was the definition of a speed receiver. And after he was traded, Bledsoe had a pro bowl year. The two years BEFORE BB got to NE, Bledsoe had his worst 2 seasons. But somehow thats on BB.

    And Kosar??? Come on man, the guy was horrible in in 1990, threw 10 TD and 15 picks….BB gets there and he has his second best season, 18 tds and 9 picks….then he broke his ankle in 92. He already couldnt move. So BB traded Kosar and started Testeverde in 1993, which was an upgrade.

    You really have no clue

  18. Bill will give Mac as much time as he can to study & learn the playbook, get some behind the scenes reps & get him use to the PRO football experience….. I actually see Stidham beating out Cam this year with a full off season & training camp….I also see Bill keeping Cam as a mentor in the QB room & as a very inexpensive back up for Stidham in case he gets hurt & some gimmick plays even with a healthy Stidham as the starter…..If all works out, Mac sits this year as Stidham grows & then Mac grabs the reigns next year…. Maybe even getting some clean up time in real games if the opportunity presents itself….
    Well THAT’S how I truly hope it all plays out… Stidham is a much closer version of Mac than Cam is so having him start will really help all the players out there on offense & open up the playbook much more as well!!
    Go Pats!!!

  19. Bledsoe had Terry Glenn, who was the definition of a speed receiver. And after he was traded, Bledsoe had a pro bowl year.

    And Kosar??? Come on man,..

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    Tell me what Belichick did in Browns to help his QB, Kosar or Testevade or Couch.

    Terry Glenn? Don’t know what you are talking about, he was in Pats between 1996 and 2000. Pats offense was ranked at #20 (299 points in 16 games) in 1999 before Belichick took over. Tell me what Belichick did in Pats to help his QB.

    BTW, just found out that Kraft forced Parcel to draft a WR in 1996, so Parcel drafted Terry Glenn.

  20. Fundamental are just a small part of his problems. He can’t read the defense. He got away with this in Carolina because he was told who to look for and the sequence, like a high school qb. Can’t have success doing that in NE.

  21. Before Cam Newton’s shoulder surgery he tried to play through his injury. Cam then injured his foot in the preseason and develop some bad habits. So now that Cam is healthy he is working to rebuild/clean up some of his throwing fundamentals. People forget that Cam under Norv Turner was playing MVP football before the shoulder injury. Cam missed almost two seasons due to the shoulder and foot.

  22. touchback6 says:
    May 23, 2021 at 10:25 am
    Newton willl be seen as the inferior player to both Jones and Stidham.

    It’s a process from now through preseason, and Newton will not magically look better.

    BB can say what he wants but there won’t be a fantasy on anyone’s tv screen for Newton.

    No one will ever know why BB is making special excuses for Newton or why Stidham has been buried or smeared in the press, other than the
    media loved creepy Brady, and would smear any unknown potential replacement.

    By adding Jones, it just strengthens the Jones/Stidham pairing for years to come.

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    Yeah….BB likes Stidham so much he resigned Newton and drafted Mac Jones. Stidham will be lucky to even make the team

  23. there are zero excuses for a lack of success this year. cam’s future as a starter is also on the line. i hope he does well with or without the pats. if the results aren’t there, holster that ego and be happy to be rostered

  24. there are zero excuses for a lack of success this year.

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    If they don’t make playoff, Cam Newton or Marco’s first year will be the excuse.

  25. William Lee says:
    May 23, 2021 at 10:24 am
    Nothing to rebuild, it is much much harder to SCORE ENOUGH by throwing to receivers IN FRONT OF defenders than by throwing to WR BEHIND defenders.

    That was how Belichick ruined the careers of Kosar and Bledsoe, and 2020 Newton, by not giving his QB fast deep threats. When Brady had the skills to score enough by throwing to receivers in front of defenders, Belichick shamelessly took the credits.

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    Rubbish (and not entirely surprising).

    Again, the higher percentage throws are in front of defenders. By a clear margin. That is because every defense is positioning their schemes to take away the deep pass in today’s offense focused NFL. Teams throw deep to open up the interior not the other way around.

    You can try and sell that throws inside defenders are harder to score all you want but it won’t change the fact that it is pure fiction. The percentage of deep throws in any given game are between 10-15% of all attempts. That’s about 3-5 deep balls per game. Even if by some small miracle all of those resulted in scores (which we know doesn’t happen) you are still talking a much smaller statistical sample set.

    It’s ridiculously hard to take the post seriously when you claim Belichick ruined Kosar, Bledsoe and Newton. Anybody who has watched all 3 of them play clearly realizes they were done before Belichick even started with them. There’s a reason they lost their jobs and it sure as heck wasn’t because of missing deep threats. If anything the deep ball was likely the only thing they had left in their arsenal since the need for accuracy isn’t a huge requirement in throwing deep.

  26. boogiewstu says:
    May 23, 2021 at 1:42 pm
    haven’t seen cam play since the panthers’ super bowl season. Dude throws fine.
    The offense he was in had him holding the ball too long. way too long waiting for bummy receivers to turn into jerry rice. The earlier was right to point out that bb’s short pass slant offense isn’t great for all qbs. get some faster players without stone hands and maybe idk adjust the playbook to capitalize on what you have.

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    Shakes head.

    The only way to capitalize on Newton would be to remove any throw left or right. I won’t pretend to be an expert but I’m thinking that isn’t a playbook adjustment you even remotely want to consider. His bread and butter is basically anything down the middle of the field. He has always struggled with accuracy throwing to the left or right. Steve Smith and Greg Olsen made careers out of those inside slants that supposedly Newton isn’t any good at throwing.

    It’s hard to point the finger at stone hand WRs when they are wide open and the ball is being skipped to them. Just sayin.

  27. Lots of people believe Kyle changed his mind. Mac Jones is absolutely Kyle’s ‘type.’ I understand that he now says it was all subterfuge but no one has explained to me in a way that makes sense WHY he needed subterfuge in the first place. He PAID dearly for the right to not need it. Who was he trying to trick? Jacksonville and the Jets?

  28. You can try and sell that throws inside defenders are harder to score all you want but it won’t change the fact that it is pure fiction.

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    People like you think like this : this makes sense to me, hence it is true. So let me teach you how to think critically : If what your believe implies something that doesn’t make sense, you should rethink your believe.

    In 2019 regular season game, Brady’s Pats beat Mahomes’ Chiefs by playing 36 minutes. Then in AFCCG, Brady played 39 minutes that exhausted Chiefs defenders near the regular periods. Why didn’t Mahomes slow down a bit, like dink n dunk a bit, to help his defense? Didn’t he learn something from the game in regular season? Before 2021 SB against Bucs, Chiefs’ O-line was depleted, Mahomes and Andy Reid knew Bucs’ ferocious pass rushes was coming. Why didn’t Mahomes dink n dunk to avoid pressure?

    If it is easy to score with those “easy” throws, then Mahomes and Andy Reid must be heck of idiots. Does it make sense to you? I think that QB position is too complicated for childish people like you. BTW, I can think of only one possible reason he didn’t do it : he couldn’t score enough.

  29. karmakalled,

    Let me give you a lesson about risk in football:

    Risk is not measured by how likely the balls will be intercepted, it is measured by the consequences. For example, it is far likely you will encounter an accident when you drive than flight, but an accident during flight is far far far more scary, because you are likely to die.

    The same in football, if a deep ball is intercepted, it maybe like a punt with so many players in front of defenders, like Brady’s interceptions in NFCCG. But an interception on a short pass may give opponent a great field position or a TD that will cost the game, like Brees interception in divisonal round. Understood?

  30. William Lee says:
    May 25, 2021 at 10:43 am

    People like you think like this : this makes sense to me, hence it is true. So let me teach you how to think critically : If what your believe implies something that doesn’t make sense, you should rethink your believe.

    In 2019 regular season game, Brady’s Pats beat Mahomes’ Chiefs by playing 36 minutes. Then in AFCCG, Brady played 39 minutes that exhausted Chiefs defenders near the regular periods. Why didn’t Mahomes slow down a bit, like dink n dunk a bit, to help his defense? Didn’t he learn something from the game in regular season? Before 2021 SB against Bucs, Chiefs’ O-line was depleted, Mahomes and Andy Reid knew Bucs’ ferocious pass rushes was coming. Why didn’t Mahomes dink n dunk to avoid pressure?

    If it is easy to score with those “easy” throws, then Mahomes and Andy Reid must be heck of idiots. Does it make sense to you? I think that QB position is too complicated for childish people like you. BTW, I can think of only one possible reason he didn’t do it : he couldn’t score enough.

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    There’s critical thinking and there is absurd over thinking. You are most definitely exercising the latter.

    Why didn’t Mahomes dink n dunk to avoid pressure? It might have everything to do with the fact that TB didn’t need to respect the deep ball for all the reasons you mentioned. With a depleted OL TB could crowd the interior and rely on their pass rush to mitigate the deep ball risk (kind of like what the overrated Belichick used to do with PManning). Despite that, Kelce still managed to grab 10 receptions for 100+ yards. So it’s not like Mahomes didn’t try to dink n dunk. It isn’t so much about Reid and Mohomes being idiots than being forced to throw into the teeth of a defense that knew the deep ball wasn’t going to be an option. Oh he knew they weren’t going to score enough. Just for none of the reasons you so readily espouse.

    You understand that in ’18 the Chiefs played from behind for the first 3 quarters in both games, right? Regardless I’ll run with the 2 games you so happily provided. Here are the TD scores from both of those games and where they were scored from:
    1 yard
    29 yards
    12 yards
    1 yard
    23 yards
    10 yards
    2 yards
    4 yards
    2 yards
    4 yards
    17 yards
    1 yard
    67 yards
    14 yards
    1 yard
    4 yards
    75 yards

    So my meager math skills place 2 out of 17 TDs scored in those games from the deep ball. A shocking (despite me telling you previously) 12%. So please tell all the rest of the non-critical childish thinkers how much harder it is to score from the easier interior.

  31. William Lee says:
    May 25, 2021 at 11:18 am
    karmakalled,

    Let me give you a lesson about risk in football:

    Risk is not measured by how likely the balls will be intercepted, it is measured by the consequences. For example, it is far likely you will encounter an accident when you drive than flight, but an accident during flight is far far far more scary, because you are likely to die.

    The same in football, if a deep ball is intercepted, it maybe like a punt with so many players in front of defenders, like Brady’s interceptions in NFCCG. But an interception on a short pass may give opponent a great field position or a TD that will cost the game, like Brees interception in divisonal round. Understood?

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    Uhhhh … no.

    So in the NFCCG Brady throws 3 picks … 1) returned to GB 32, 2) returned to GB 19, 3) returned to GB 24. All within 13 yards of each other. One results in a GB TD while the other 2 do not. Yet here we are discussing the merit of how 13 yards constitutes risk. Not because it make sense of course. But at least we’re thinking about it critically.

  32. So my meager math skills place 2 out of 17 TDs scored in those games from the deep ball. A shocking (despite me telling you previously) 12%.

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    karmakalled,

    On 2nd and 9, which way gives better chance getting first down, try 10+ yard pass TWICE with only 30% completion rate or dink n dunk twice with 70% completion rate?

    The hard part of those “easy” passes is how a QB keeps drives alive long enough to score. Those “easy” passes are “easy” only when like a QB throws 1 yard on 1st and 10 or 4 yards on 3rd and 7, then how will he even be able to keep the drive long enough?

  33. So in the NFCCG Brady throws 3 picks … 1) returned to GB 32, 2) returned to GB 19, 3) returned to GB 24.

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    Did you even watch the game?

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