A Former MVP With No Home
The New England Patriots have released quarterback Cam Newton and I’m shocked. This entire preseason, all we’ve heard is that Newton will likely be the week 1 starter despite the Patriots taking Mac Jones in the first-round of the Draft. Now we see that we’ve been lead astray and the former MVP is now on the move.
The thing that is truly strange about all of this is that Cam didn’t really play *that* bad this preseason. At least not bad enough to just be released in my opinion. Cam had 162 passing yards, 1 TD, and 1 INT this preseason which isn’t the best, but it’s certainly not the worst. The biggest issue may be how well Jones ended up playing this preseason. Jones racked up 389 passing yards, 1 TD, and 0 INT with a completion percentage of 69.2. I guess that kind of forced the Patriots hand to make Jones the starter.
The Next Phase
Now the biggest question becomes, will Newton get another shot at being a starter in the NFL? I mean if we’re being honest last year wasn’t exactly impressive for him. In 15 games, Cam finished with 2,657 passing yards, 8 TDs, and 10 INTs and a 7-8 record. Those stats may be a bit misleading however due to the way New England used him as a rusher. Cam had 137 carries for 592 yards and a whopping 12 TDs. The guy is a tank in the run-game.
Unfortunately for Newton, there aren’t really too many teams in the market for a starting quarterback. Will the few teams with questionable quarterback situations even want to take a chance on him winning them games? Or is he poised for a backup role somewhere around the league?
Even as a Jaguars fan, my hope is that he goes to the most logical team that is in need of a starting quarterback….. The Houston Texans. One issue that could arise with that team is the fact that they just drafted Davis Mills and also have Tyrod Taylor there as well. Plus if we’re being honest with ourselves, it seems the Texans are in “tank-mode” by the look of their roster and have no interest in truly trying to win. So with that being said, who’s the next logical option?
One team people seem to keep talking about already is the Washington Football Team. I’m not saying it’s impossible for that to be likely due to Cam’s former coach Ron Rivera being in charge over there, but what would be the point? Washington already has Fitzpatrick and has named him the starter, plus they have Taylor Heinicke backing him up if things go south. Doesn’t seem smart to bring in a third guy.
Is Cam Newton A Backup Now?
I hate to say it, but the days of Super-Cam may truly be over. Once one of the most electric quarterbacks of all-time seems to now be at the polar-opposite position at this point in his career. I would love to see him under center again for a full season but we’ve got to face the facts. The guy’s not getting any younger.
At 32 years old, Cam’s athleticism is only going to get worse and worse. Sure, he runs like a tank like I eluded to earlier, but history tells us he’s not going to be able to keep up that level of play much longer. If he goes to a team with injury-prone, unproven, or just simply old quarterbacks such as Indianapolis, Philadelphia, or Pittsburgh, there’s a chance we see him on the field at some point this season. But if we don’t see Newton at all this year, he’ll be 33 years old to start next season and that doesn’t bode well for him and certainly not for his play-style.
I don’t want last season to be the last we see of Cam Newton, but it’s not looking good for him. While I’m wishing him the best, I’m not sure Cam Newton is still a starting caliber quarterback. Let’s hope I’m wrong and the Texans or somebody gives him a shot, but unless you’re Frank Gore or Jerry Rice, father-time is undefeated in the world of football.