1. Reliable Options at QB
Cam Newton’s struggles from last season were well-documented, as he finished in the bottom third of the league in virtually every major statistical category, including passing yards per game (177.1), yards per attempt (7.2), touchdowns (eight) and passer rating (82.9).
The NFL is obviously a quarterback-driven league, so it wasn’t a surprise the Patriots, while they had other flaws on the roster, finished with their worst record in 13 years.
However, fans have every reason to be optimistic about the position heading into the new season.
The Patriots’ quarterback outlook for 2021 is promising.
For starters, Newton’s actually had a full offseason to study the playbook, which he clearly didn’t grasp to the best of his ability after signing just before training camp last year. Throw more proven receivers (and competent tight ends) into the mix, and the former MVP really has no excuse not to perform up to his potential.
And if Newton’s struggles manage to rear their ugly head, the Patriots can simply pivot by throwing Mac Jones, who’s impressed at camp thus far, in as the starter. Last year, they didn’t have that option with Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer as the primary backup options.
The best part about having Belichick as your HC? Newton and Jones don’t have to be superstars, so expect the Patriots to return to relevance in 2021.