The 2020 NFL campaign has certainly been a learning curve for New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick. The veteran is playing without the legendary Tom Brady on his roster for the first time since 2000. But they brought in 2015 NFL MVP winner Cam Newton on a short-term deal in the offseason.
After a positive start to his New England career, Newton has seen his form drop in recent weeks. The Patriots suffered their 4th loss of the season on Sunday at the hands of the Deshaun Watson-led Houston Texans.
Newton went 26 of 40, throwing for 365 yards with just 1 passing touchdown in that loss. He has thrown for 1900 yards with 7 touchdowns and 4 interceptions this season. But his future in New England still remains shrouded in mist.
Former Chicago Bulls player Jay Williams on an ESPN KJZ episode alongside co-hosts Keyshawn and Zubin. Williams offered his two cents on the long-term future of Cam Newton in Boston and his possible role with the Patriots in 2021.
“I remember that and I look I want to see Cam succeed…The question is, though, well, the question is, though, as they continue to move along, I don’t think they’re going to make the playoffs.
“And I, unfortunately, feel like this will be the last time we will see cam as a starter. I think Cam I’m not sure it’s going to work out with the Patriots long term.
“They’re going to get through this season. I already look at this team as a team that is trying to rebuild. And Bill Belichick has had to make moves. I think he’ll be with the pro the franchise for a long time.
“But I don’t see Cam having a long term future with the Patriots. I see him being maybe a backup moving forward in his career or somebody that’s in the rotation,” Williams said earlier this week.
As Williams and his co-hosts rightly pointed out, the Patriots are unlikely to make the Playoffs this season. Unless, of course, they go on to win their next 6 games in the league.
Coach Belichick’s boys are currently 3rd in the AFC East Division with 4 wins from 10 games. They will take on the Kyler Murray-led Arizona Cardinals in Week 12.
The next 6 games will determine Newton’s fate. Will he still be wearing the iconic Blue and White of the Patriots next season? Guess we’ll just have to wait and watch.