Patriots: Winners and losers of the Cam Newton signing

Quarterback Cam Newton #1, now of the New England Patriots (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Quarterback Cam Newton #1, now of the New England Patriots (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) /
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NASHVILLE, TN – AUGUST 17: Jakobi Meyers #16 of the New England Patriots catches a pass during a game against the Tennessee Titans during week two of the preseason at Nissan Stadium on August 17, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Patriots defeated the Titans 22-17. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

Loser:  Jakobi Meyers

Cam Newton has made it very well known which weapons he has decided to work out with this offseason.  Based off of his Instagram posts this summer, Jakobi Meyers hasn’t been one of them.

Mohammed Sanu and N’Keal Harry have been seen in throwing sessions with Newton.  With training comes chemistry, and with chemistry comes trust. Meyers can see himself on the outside looking in if Newton, who is fighting to regain his reputation as an elite quarterback in this league, decides to put his faith in the hands of Sanu and Harry over Meyers on key situations.

Edelman is the team’s clear-cut number one option; he has expressed his excitement in welcoming Newton to Foxborough on his social media.  Meyers never had a chance of outgaining trust over Edelman if you or I were to start at quarterback.

Veteran receiver Marqise Lee, arguably New England’s second biggest free agent signing, is experienced enough to push Meyers down the depth chart, and another free agent acquisition, Damiere Byrd, already has chemistry with Newton, as they were both teammates in Carolina.

If Jarrett Stidham were to start, I could see the chemistry that they had together in the preseason last year carrying over into this season.  Stidham and Meyers have already shown a connection, albeit in preseason work, but that would at least give Meyers a chance for playing time.

With Newton, however, the former undrafted free agent could very well get pushed down to the bottom of the depth chart.