Cam Newton’s place on the New England Patriots’ depth chart entering training camp is not completely defined, and a former player believes Newton may not be the starter.
Newton joins the Patriots with Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer already on the team. Although Newton has the skills and talent to beat two-quarters for the starting position, former Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich said Friday that the 2015 NFL MVP is not exactly a data.
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“He has to win the starting position before he can win more games than Tom Brady,” said Ninkovich in a segment on ESPN’s “NFL Live” segment, according to 24/7 Sports. “Look, the Patriots won’t make him the starting quarterback instantly. His contract which he signed arrives at the key. Win it. ‘ … He could be the quarterback of the third rope when he arrived. He could be behind Stidham and Brian Hoyer. ”
He continued, “Look, they’re going to test it physically and mentally. They will say, “Come in here. You are new to this system. You are new to this building. You have to go out. here and earn everyone’s confidence in the locker room. Gain the confidence of your teammates and see how he reacts to that. Put him on the third rope and he pouted and didn’t take the reins or take on the leadership roles. You don’t know how people will react The Patriots will test people. ”
“They will test you physically, mentally. How do you react to certain situations? Cam was never in a place where he had to fight for a leading role. Now he will participate in a competition. The competition brings out the best in each player on this list. It is no longer a first round choice. He is no longer a highly guaranteed money player. He’s coming to compete and we’ll see what happens. He must first gain the first job. ”
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Newton, the number 1 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, led the Carolina Panthers to three consecutive NFC South titles from 2013 to 2015 and made a Super Bowl appearance in the 2015 season. the league MVP that year. He also won three Pro Bowls in nine seasons.
Newton has missed 16 regular season games in the past two years due to a foot injury that required intervention. He also underwent several shoulder surgeries during his career.
Newton is slated to enter a starting role in New England as the successor to future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady, who left for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier in the offseason.
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The Patriots have shown interest in Stidham, but the sophomore quarterback hasn’t really impressed people in the trash situations he was placed in last year.