Star quarterback Cam Newton has quickly demonstrated to be a strong fit with the New England Patriots. Newton has adapted to his new surrounding in New England to help guide the franchise to a promising start to the 2020 season. However, the former league MVP will have to wait a bit longer for what he truly wants from the Patriots.
Cam Newton’s strong start to the 2020 season
In the months ahead of the 2020 season, there wasn’t much clarity about what to expect from Cam Newton.
Newton has quickly taken advantage of the opportunity in New England by putting forth a strong start. He has found immediate success with the franchise as he’s guided them to a promising 2-1 record through the first three weeks. The Patriots are one play away from holding an undefeated mark through this point in the campaign.
The 31-year-old has performed at an elite level showcasing his exceptional ability as a runner while proving to be a highly efficient passer. Newton has completed 68.1% of his passes for 714 yards with two touchdowns while holding an 89.7 passer rating. He has also tallied 149 rushing yards with four rushing touchdowns.
The Patriots offense has an entirely new dynamic with Newton under center that has already pinned them as a more than a playoff team in the AFC. With all that in mind, Newton will have to wait for what he truly wants from his new team.
Cam Newton will have to wait until next offseason for a new deal
Cam Newton’s strong start to his tenure with the Patriots has brought forth questions concerning his contract situation.
Newton is playing under a one-year deal to prove that he’s worth another lucrative long-term contract. His performance so far in the 2020 season has more than warranted that discussion despite it being quite early in the campaign. With that in mind, Ian Rapoport of The NFL Network reported that the Patriots have no desire to get into that conversation at any point during the season.
That shouldn’t come as much of a surprise as that’s not how the Patriots have operated under head coach Bill Belichick. The team generally works through getting their significant roster personnel moves done in the offseason. Newton’s contract situation may be different, but it’s one that they can address after the season.
If anything, his play the rest of the campaign will give him the chance to prove further his worth for his next deal with the Patriots or possibly elsewhere.
More motivation to prove his worth
Through his first few games with the Patriots, Cam Newton has adapted quickly to his new surroundings.
He has brought life to the possibility that he could be the long-term answer for the franchise. His stellar play has rooted that notion while guiding New England forward to a strong start. There is much more of the 2020 season to be played, but it’s more opportunity to showcase he can lead the franchise to sustained success beyond this year.
It’s also a chance for him to make his mark again to prove he has plenty of highly productive campaigns. After experiencing three straight injury-plagued seasons, he has already quieted down all the chatter around his capabilities at this point in his career. It’s on the three-time Pro Bowler to continue to make the most of the opportunity in New England to extend his time in the NFL.