New England Patriots Patriots Announce their Starting QB for 2021 NFL Season

Published 08/22/2021, 5:56 PM EDT
FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – SEPTEMBER 27: Cam Newton #1 of the New England Patriots reacts during a game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Gillette Stadium on September 27, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)


New England Patriots took a calculated risk when they brought in Cam Newton on a one-year contract in 2020. The former Carolina Panthers man was making a return from a foot injury last year. Head coach Bill Belichick was looking for a replacement for the legendary Tom Brady and Cam emerged on the radar.

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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

Last decade, not many would have predicted that Newton would one day work under the tutelage of coach Belichick. But football is funny like that.

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All-in-all Cam Newton’s debut season in Boston was average at best. Learning a whole new playbook and adapting to Belichick’s work ethic took some time. He concluded his ‘comeback’ 2020 campaign throwing for 2,657 yards with 8 passing TDs against 10 interceptions. He further rushed for 592 yards with 12 rushing touchdowns.

However, the Patriots failed to make the playoffs. Despite the arrival of rookie Mac Jones in 2021, a certain Patriots inside man reckons it will be Cam who starts the season opener in Week 1.

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Speaking to the press in a recent interview, New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was all praise for Cam Newton. After a strong preseason, McDaniels reckons it will be Cam who wins the starting quarterback gig in Foxborough.

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“I know this is going to sound silly, but I haven’t really worried about it, I think that decision from Bill [Belichick] will be made when the time is right to make it. Cam certainly is the starter now, and he has done a good job. He has gone in there, he played well the other night. He’s practiced well. But, I know those guys are really competing hard and we’re giving them an opportunity to compete and play a lot of football.”

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)

“I am very pleased with the effort that we’re putting in at the quarterback position, the improvements we’re making, and the way that we’re attempting to run the offense. Everything isn’t perfect. We still have a long way to go and things we can work on and improve and make better, but I think the desire to do it, the way we want to do it to the standard that we’re trying to hold them to I think is right where we want it to be,” McDaniels said, via Ryan Hannable of NESN.

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Bill Belichick’s boys play their final preseason game against New York Giants at the end of this month. They kickstart their 2021 NFL campaign by hosting divisional rivals, Miami Dolphins, at the Gillette Stadium in Week 1.

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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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