Former NFL Man Claims Cam Newton Will Beat Jimmy Garoppolo for Patriots’ Starting Berth

Published 03/27/2021, 10:11 AM EDT
MIAMI, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 02: Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates after a touchdown of his team against the Kansas City Chiefs during the third quarter in Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)


San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo struggled with injuries over the course of the 2020 NFL season. He suffered a high ankle sprain in the Week 2 game against AFC East franchise, New York Jets.

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He featured in just 6 games last season, winning 3 and losing 3. The former New England Patriots man threw for 1,096 yards with 7 passing TDs against 5 interceptions.

In comparison, 2015 NFL MVP Cam Newton had a more productive outing in his first year playing under coach Bill Belichick. In 15 starts for New England, Newton threw for 2,657 yards with 8 passing TDs.

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Dec 10, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (middle) looks on from the sidelines with head coach Bill Belichick (right) after being replaced in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

He also rushed for 592 yards with 12 rushing TDs. However, he could not help the Patriots nail a spot in the Playoffs as they finished 3rd in the AFC East with a 7-9 record.

With the 49ers trading up with the Miami Dolphins to secure the #3 overall pick, the future of Jimmy G is up in the air. With rumors linking him to a return to Boston, who will win the QB battle between Newton and Garoppolo?

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Jimmy Garoppolo should not be traded to the Patriots says, Brandon Marshall

On the latest segment of First Things First, former Atlanta Falcons wide receiver-turned-analyst Brandon Marshall couldn’t help but comment on the potential Jimmy Garoppolo to New England Patriots rumors.

He said, “Look, if let’s say Jimmy G does get traded there. There are two things going to happen, one Cam Newton will win the quarterback battle if he’s still there, and they’re competing, I totally believe Cam Newton will beat out Jimmy G.

“And the other side of this spectrum will be this. Jimmy G gets traded to the New England Patriots. While you’ve been calling for this for months.

September 13, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) warms up before the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

“Then what happens is Cam Newton is now going to come in and say release me. You really think Cam Newton wants to compete with Jimmy G?

“That is a disrespect. This is a dude who is coming out every single day saying how this is his moment, his payback moment. This is his opportunity to tell us that look, ‘I told you that I was still a baller in the National Football League.’

“So this big ‘What if?’ stuff, you know whatever if we have to talk about it and I’m going with Cam Newton to beat Jimmy G out if he doesn’t ask for trade or release,” Marshall said on the show.

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Dual-threat quarterback Cam Newton signed a 1-year deal with the Patriots that can ultimately rise up to $14 million (including incentives).

The 6-time Super Bowl champions went on a spending spree this month bringing in the likes of WR Nelson Agholor, WR Kendrick Bourne, TE Hunter Henry, and TE Jonnu Smith to strengthen the offense.

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Is 2021 the comeback season for coach Belichick, Cam Newton, and the Patriots? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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