NFL Rumors: Cam Newton “Knows” Teams Won’t Sign To Be A Backup Quarterback!

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It’s likely that quarterback Cam Newton is still unsigned because he wants to compete for the starting job.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk claims that teams “know” Newton wants to start and play regularly, which is why Newton “has gotten zero sniffs” in the preseason.

Newton, now 33 years old, has played 11 seasons in the NFL, with 10 of those coming with the Carolina Panthers and 2020 being his lone season with the New England Patriots.

After leading the Panthers to a 15-1 record and a trip to the Super Bowl in 2015, he was named league MVP and was selected to the first-team All-Pro that year.

Since then, injuries have hampered him to the point where he’s had a losing record as a starter in five of the past six seasons.

Only able to play in two games for Carolina this season, Newton was released and signed by New England to take over for Tom Brady.

Newton threw eight touchdowns to ten interceptions as a starter in 2020, and while he did rush for 592 yards and 12 touchdowns, the team went 7-8.

After initially going unsigned and then returning to Carolina, he was cut by the Patriots before the 2021 season when the team opted to start first-round draft pick, Mac Jones.

Newton started five of the eight games he played in for the Panthers and went 0-5 overall with a completion percentage of 54.8, a passing yardage total of 684, a touchdown total of 4, and an interception total of 5.

Although his passing has declined significantly in recent seasons, he is still useful in the red zone and on third downs due to his speed and agility as a runner.

When Was Cam Newton’s Last NFL Game?

The Panthers’ 2017 season featured the 33-year-old’s services. After spending the previous season with the New England Patriots, his return to the team didn’t exactly set the world on fire.

When was Cam Newton's last NFL game

All five of Newton’s games resulted in defeat. As a passer, he was responsible for 684 yards, 4 scores, and 5 picks.

When you consider where he was just five years ago, it’s a huge fall from grace for the quarterback. After a rough first season in New England, he went back to his hometown team of Carolina and finished the year with a 7-8 record.

His MVP days and the 15-1 season in which he led the Panthers to the Super Bowl are long over. Cam Newton hasn’t had a successful season since 2015.

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Cam Newton Fits Perfectly Into The New England Patriots Offensive Scheme

If we’re being fair, this time around Newton’s supporting cast would be stronger. With Newton’s dual-threat ability and running backs Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson, the Patriots would have a formidable rush attack.

It could be argued that the offense is tailor-made for Newton, as he has spent his most productive years as a quarterback throwing to tight ends and large receivers like Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith, and wideouts like DeVante Parker.

Cam Newton fits perfectly into the New England Patriots offensive scheme

In spite of the potential excitement of doing it all over again, the Patriots must continue to prioritize developing a franchise quarterback. Currently, that’s Mac Jones, who’s expected to return to action soon.

It doesn’t appear that Bill Belichick will be calling Newton back anytime soon unless he’s willing to come back as a depth piece. He hasn’t been in a hurry to call any quarterback, which could indicate that Jones will return sooner than expected.

If Mac Jones or Brian Hoyer is unable to play, it appears that Belichick will go with Zappe. However, if the team needs a backup as the week progresses, Newton is the only quarterback who can come in and have some familiarity with the New England Patriots’ offense.

Newton’s mobility and charisma make him a viable option if the team only needs a veteran quarterback for a short period of time. Whether you like him or not, you can’t deny that he has a way of rallying the troops around him. Players like Jonnu Smith, Kendrick Bourne, and Nelson Agholor in the offensive unit could benefit from this.

Cam Newton flashed his old self, but for the most part, he was the quarterback who irritated New England Patriots fans in 2020. He had a completion percentage of 65.8% in 15 games, passing for 2657 yards, 8 touchdowns, and 10 picks.

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As I’ve said before, Newton is at the point in his career where he can be the veteran spark plug for a struggling team for a few games, but his days as a regular starter are likely over.

To be clear, Belichick should call Newton for depth, but the idea of him returning and being the savior this season is a dream held on to by those still picturing the Cam Newton of 2015.

Final Words

Furthermore, his experience would seem to make him a solid insurance policy as a backup, however, Newton has only come off the bench four times in 148 career regular season games, which may be why a backup role would be difficult to sell for the 2011 No. 1 overall pick.

With the 2022 NFL season set to kick off this Thursday night when the Los Angeles Rams take on the Buffalo Bills, there is no sign that Newton will have a job in the league.

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Karan Siradi

I am an author and a public speaker. I was born in India and have travelled to many different countries. I have a masters in public communication from California University and I love to write about famous peoples from different industries.

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