Kendrick Bourne ‘Honored’ to Play with New England Patriots Quarterback Cam Newton

Published 03/22/2021, 6:27 PM EDT
Sep 13, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) runs the ball for a touch down against the Miami Dolphins during the third quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports


The Bill Belichick-led New England Patriots ended their 2020 NFL campaign on a sour note with a 7-9 record in the AFC East.

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Cam Newton enjoyed a decent outing in his first year playing in Boston. But he did lack that ‘X-factor’ that saw him win the Super Bowl MVP title in 2015.

The former Carolina Panthers man threw for 2,657 passing yards with 8 passing TDs and 10 interceptions. In addition to that, Newton rushed for 592 yards with 12 rushing touchdowns.

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But it was obvious that he lacked support in the offensive department as the Patriots missed out on making the NFL Playoffs in 2020.

Sep 13, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) looks to pass against the Miami Dolphins during the second half of a game against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

But all that is about to change this season as coach Belichick and Patriots owner Robert Kraft have gone on a spending spree in the summer.

The Patriots have made 8 free-agent signings including the likes of TE Jonnu Smith, TE Hunter Henry, WR Nelson Agholor, and WR Kendrick Bourne.

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Kendrick Bourne reportedly signed a 3-year deal with the New England Patriots worth $22.5 million. One of the first players to welcome Bourne to Boston was star quarterback Cam Newton.

“It was awesome talking to him. Told him I’ve been a fan for a long time…I’m just excited to play with him. Told him I’ve been watching him since I was a young guy. It’s an honor to play with you,” Bourne said via Michael Giardi on Twitter.

Kendrick Bourne has spent the last 4 years with NFC West San Francisco 49ers. He has 1,769 with 11 passing TDs in that period.

Bourne enjoyed his most productive season with the Niners in 2020 with 667 receiving yards and 2 passing touchdowns to his name.

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Nov 9, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) high fives wide receiver Gunner Olszewski (80) before their game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

He will join Jakobi Meyers, N’Keal Harry, Julian Edelman, and Nelson Agholor in the wide receivers department. It’s no secret that New England is desperate to get back in the Playoffs in 2021.

But is the ‘all-in-or-nothing’ strategy a smart way to ensure long-term success for the Patriots? Guess we’ll have to wait in order to find out.

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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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