Patriots QB Cam Newton thinks the team is fine the way it is.
Cam Newton is a leader, through and through. The New England Patriots QB might have come into the 2020 season with unprecedented expectations, but through two games, he’s already proving this team is in good hands after the departure of Tom Brady.
Given Newton’s experience in Carolina, where he was tasked with helping out young players (even as an inexperienced one himself) and spreading the ball around in an offense that wasn’t exactly a well-oiled machine, he couldn’t have been more ready to step into this current situation with Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels.
So his responses to questions like these are not only spot-on from a leadership standpoint, but they also hold truth because of what he’s worked with and his experience in such situations.
Do you think the Patriots need more help on offense, specifically at receiver? It’s possible! But what we watched on Sunday Night Football against the Seattle Seahawks, though it was only Week 2, certainly showed that there’s great potential for this unit to be A-OK the way it is if everything comes together as expected.
We’re not going to sit here and pretend like an upgrade in the form of a No. 1 receiver or perhaps an actual, real NFL tight end wouldn’t drastically improve the Patriots, but when Newton is spreading the ball through the air, avoiding pressure, and picking up yards on the ground, it kind of doesn’t matter who’s on your team unless you’re trading for, like, Julio Jones or something.
The Patriots won’t be getting their hands on any top-tier talent like that (yup, Odell Beckham is not happening), so Cam might be right here. The answers are in the locker room.
Newton spread the ball around against a very good Seahawks defense. N’Keal Harry had eight catches for 72 yards. Damiere Byrd had six for 72. Julian Edelman had a career night with eight receptions for 179 yards. Rex Burkhead hauled in four for 47. It’d be nice if a tight end could step up for the Pats. Maybe that’s coming in the next week or two. JJ Taylor looks like a promising rookie. James White will hopefully be back next week.
This installment of the Patriots offense might not blow you away on paper, but if we’ve learned anything over the last two decades, it’s that it’s the system in New England that breeds success. If all of these parts can successfully undertake a role, then what we saw in Week 2 could be a sign of things to come.
If that trend continues over the next month or so, don’t expect Belichick to execute any significant trades.