With Cam Newton n the New England Patriots, what is their outlook for 2020?
After an offseason of uncertainty surrounding who would take over under center for the New England Patriots following the departure of quarterback Tom Brady, the Patriots could be replacing one MVP quarterback with another as their starting quarterback.
Although there isn’t an official starter named just yet and there likely won’t be until the start of the 2020 NFL season, there’s a new frontrunner to take over that starting job in Foxborough to kick off the post-Brady era.
On Sunday, New England agreed to a one-year deal with former Carolina Panthers veteran and free-agent quarterback Cam Newton, adding him to the mix of a quarterback room filled out by second-year quarterback Jarrett Stidham and veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer with the Patriots.
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With the addition and insertion of Newton in New England, it now might have a clearer plan for who should take over under center following the sudden departure of Brady this offseason.
If Newton does indeed win the starting job with the Patriots, how should we view the New England offense and squad overall going into the new season? Let’s dive into that question.
Cam Newton raises the bar for the New England Patriots in 2020.
Right out of the gate, Newton will help improve every aspect of the New England offense and will provide the Patriots with a quarterback they haven’t really had in the past few decades.
When you look at this New England offense in past years with Brady leading the charge, the passing game was obviously one of the tops in the NFL with one of the best quarterbacks to ever step on the field ahead of all of that success.
Even though they had a thin receiving crew to surround Brady with in 2019, the Patriots pass offense ranked ninth in total passing yards with 4,153 total yards and ended up running the fifth-most passing plays in the NFL with 620 attempts through the air.
A thing that will help out in the passing attack is New England’s ability to run the ball with the duo of Sony Michel and James White out of the backfield. A year ago, the Patriots ground game combined to finished with 1,703 rushing yards, which ranked 18th in the NFL. New England’s running attack finished with a total of 447 rushing attempts (ninth in the NFL) and 17 rushing touchdowns (10th in the league).
When you add Newton into the mix of the offense, he will be able to help out in both areas with his dual-threat ability to air the ball out and stretch out plays with his mobility. That might end up benefiting New England more so than when it consisted of No. 12 under center, as crazy as that seems.
Newton has shown the ability to do a little bit of everything historically and his past performances give the indication that Newton could step right in and pick things up where Brady and company left off in 2019. That is, if Newton is fully healthy and can remain that way for the entire year.
The idea of adding Newton into the mix of an offense and a team that notched 12 wins in 2019 even with a depleted crew is a dangerous yet intriguing thought. And it should be one that many teams keep an eye on and watch closely throughout the course of the year.
Although it still has yet to be seen just how quickly acclimated Newton can get in New England and if he is able to return to somewhat of the form we saw out of him in Carolina. But if he is able to get back close to what we saw from him in the first nine years of his NFL career, Newton will immediately step right into the Patriots offense and put them in a position to once again claim the division, return to the playoffs and even possibly make another deep run in the postseason in 2020.