Former New England Patriots Player Reveals the Reason Why Cam Newton Was Released by the Franchise

Published 09/05/2021, 12:15 PM EDT
FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – OCTOBER 25: Cam Newton #1 of the New England Patriots walks on the sidelines during their NFL game against the San Francisco 49ers at Gillette Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)


The New England Patriots shocked the entire NFL community by releasing quarterback Cam Newton just days before the start of the 2021 NFL season. 

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Newton’s dismissal comes just month’s after the side had offered him a new year-long contract extension. And despite the franchise drafting rookie QB Mac Jones from Alabama, it looked certain that Newton would be the one chosen as the Patriots‘ QB1 for their opening tie against the Miami Dolphins on September 12. 

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – SEPTEMBER 27: Cam Newton #1 of the New England Patriots looks on during the game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Gillette Stadium on September 27, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

But in the NFL, nothing is certain. And Cam Newton learnt that the hard way. The exact reason for the quarterback’s departure though remains unclear. 

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Some believe it was down to the player’s vaccination status. But the franchise was quick to shut down that rumor. But now a former Patriots player believes he’s stumbled upon the real reason as to why Cam Newton was sacked. 

Mac Jones outperformed Cam Newton in training 

Former NFL linebacker Rob Ninkovich knows a thing or two about the Patriots franchise. Having spent eight seasons with New England Patriots, Ninkovich went on to retire with two Super Bowl rings to his name. 

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Having had played with the franchise for that long, Ninkovich still understandably knows a people or two at the organization. And going by what’s he’s heard from his sources, rookie Mac Jones had to explain the Patriots’ playbook to former league MVP Cam Newton.

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“I have some inside sources now. And I won’t say names, but from what I gained from sources inside the actual building… Mac was basically helping Cam learn the playbook,” Ninkovich said“Mac was having less mental errors and a better understanding of the offense.”

This is a startling revelation if true given that besides having prior NFL experience, Newton had already spent a season memorizing the same playbook. 

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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