It seems clear by now that Cam Newton will be the New England Patriots' starting quarterback when the team lines up to play the Miami Dolphins in Week 1. Bill Belichick, however, isn’t ready to name his team’s Tom Brady replacement just yet.
On Monday, the Patriots coach was asked if he was ready to name the team’s starting quarterback after training camp officially ended on Sunday.
“When we’re ready to do it, we’ll do it,” Belichick said.
This is the final week of the Patriots' offseason program. On Saturday, the team will cut down from 80 players to 53. On Monday, they’ll have their first official practice of the 2020 NFL season and start to get ready for their game against the Dolphins. Belichick said that the team will start to install some Miami preparations at the end of this week, so it would make sense to get the starting quarterback ready.
Cam Newton of the New England Patriots makes a throw as Jarrett Stidham #4 looks on during Patriots Training camp at Gillette Stadium on August 26, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo: Maddie Meyer, Getty Images)
Of course, as soon as Belichick announces his starting quarterback, the Miami Dolphins will start preparing for whomever it is. For example, with Newton, Miami’s defense would have to be ready for a quarterback who the capability to run the ball. Newton’s athleticism makes it so a defense will never get comfortable since the team can call designed run plays for the quarterback. In the event that it was Brian Hoyer or Jarrett Stidham, Miami would have to prepare for more of a pocket passer and be less worried about the quarterback taking off.
In training camp, Newton threw 184 passes in team drills. That was more than Hoyer (128) and Stidham (74). It also seemed notable that in last Friday’s stadium walkthrough, Newton had veterans such as Julian Edelman, Mohamed Sanu, N’Keal Harry, David Andrews, Joe Thuney, Shaq Mason and Isaiah Wynn on his "blue team."
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