Josh McDaniels: Cam Newton has “a different grasp of the offense” this year

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The Patriots drafted Mac Jones with the 15th pick in this year’s draft, which means he’ll take over as New England’s starting quarterback at some point in the near future.

But until he does, Cam Newton remains the Patriots’ QB1. And after spending a season with the team, there’s reason to think Newton should perform better in the club’s offense in 2021.

Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels praised Newton for how hard he’s worked, noting that his signing in July last year created a unique situation as he prepared to start Week One.

“He came back this year at a much different position,” McDaniels said, via Phil Perry of NBCSportsBoston.com. “He has a different grasp of the offense, a different understanding of the terminology. Now we’re working on refining the precision, the details.”

Newton threw for 2,657 yards with eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions last season, while also rushing for 592 yards with 12 TDs. With a dramatically improved receiving corps in 2021, Newton may be able to hold off Jones for some time if his better grasp on the offense translates to positive results during the season.

20 responses to “Josh McDaniels: Cam Newton has “a different grasp of the offense” this year

  1. I hope he has a better grasp of the football too – might throw more TDs than interceptions this year. The only QB who is sure to be with the team all year is Mac. Stidham, Hoyer, and to a lesser extent Cam, are all at risk at not being around week 18.

  2. joeb says:
    June 3, 2021 at 1:22 pm
    I hope he has a better grasp of the football too – might throw more TDs than interceptions this year. The only QB who is sure to be with the team all year is Mac. Stidham, Hoyer, and to a lesser extent Cam, are all at risk at not being around week 18.

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    As a freshman Stidham was on a #5 ranked team. Hoyer is not as talented a player as Stidham and Stidham coats nothing through next season.

    Newton is an old, one dimensional band aid.

  3. Newton is gonna play the whole year; barring injury; and the Pats will win 10/11 gms. I hope Stidham enjoys his last 3 Mos of pro fb

  4. A different grasp? I’m not sure I like that, would rather hear he’s got a better grasp of it

  5. It won’t be a surprise to anyone if/when he loses the starting job to Jones. If Cam plays like he did before he contracted covid, he will remain the QB1.

  6. Please don’t forget that this is the NFL and not Alabama. There is no guarantee that Mac Jones is any different than any of the other Alabama QBs that came before him. There are no clean pockets in the NFL and his WRs won’t be running wide open. And because Mac Jones is no threat to run, he’d better be able to take a licking and keep ticking. Cam Newton had only an injured Elderaman last season. After Elderaman went on IR, Cam was throwing to high school WRs. Newton threw for 2,657 yards with eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions last season, while also rushing for 592 yards with 12 TDs. How many QBs had almost 600 yards rushing, 12 TDs, and 59 first downs?

  7. I have never understood the desire to trash individual players on a message thread.

    Evaluation of talent and work ethic are one thing. Just trashing a guy, especially one known to work hard, is bad form.

  8. How many QBs had almost 600 yards rushing, 12 TDs, and 59 first downs?

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    Like Belichick, Pats fans took what Brady did for granted. They think it is easy to consistently produce 24-31 points with the squad given by BeliCHEAP, even in playoff.

    By that criteria, what Cam did is unacceptable, even with ridiculously bad WR group.

  9. I am in the minority, but I am still a believer in Cam for this season.

  10. tigerlilac says:
    June 3, 2021 at 3:06 pm

    I have never understood the desire to trash individual players on a message thread.

    Evaluation of talent and work ethic are one thing. Just trashing a guy, especially one known to work hard, is bad form.
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    I know he works hard to make sure his head scarf doesn’t clash with his bow tie, but I’m not so sure about his football work ethic.

  11. clk55amg36 says:
    June 3, 2021 at 2:40 pm

    Please don’t forget that this is the NFL and not Alabama. There is no guarantee that Mac Jones is any different than any of the other Alabama QBs that came before him. There are no clean pockets in the NFL and his WRs won’t be running wide open.
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    I’m not sure what conference you’re watching in college ball, but it doesn’t sound like the SEC. It’s as close to pro ball as you can get, particularly in terms of defense. Having QBs with production like Burrow and Mac Jones in back-to-back seasons is unheard of.

    I’ve watched Mac Hones highlights to see just how “clean” he was, and he was constantly getting pushed around in the pocket, forced to check down or throw early. SEC defenses are nasty. So no, there’s no guarantee. There never is. But if you HAVE to bet, a guy who was PROLIFIC against SEC defenses is a great bet.

  12. I’m not sure what conference you’re watching in college ball, but it doesn’t sound like the SEC. It’s as close to pro ball as you can get, particularly in terms of defense.

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    If that was the case, there wouldn’t be so many first round busts on QB, there wouldn’t be Ryan Leaf.

  13. Anyone who has watched Belichick over the years will understand this. Jones will take a while to get this system even if he ran a version at Alabama. The Erherdt/Perkins system is pretty complex. It’s why Newton kept the job despite not completely grasping it with those terrible receivers last year. It gave them at least a shot to score points every week due to his running ability. It’s also why I’m not buying Julio Jones to them right before camp. That system made Reggie Wayne retire and made productive guys like Chad Johnson and Demarius Thomas disappear on the stat sheet. It’s a lot going on with that system, but when the principle players get it, it’s hard to stop.

  14. The Erherdt/Perkins system is pretty complex.

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    It is not whatever system, it is dink n dunk system, under which a completed pass itself doesn’t yield 1st down.

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