The New England Patriots made one of the most surprising moves leading up to the 53-man roster deadline when they released Cam Newton, paving the way for No. 15 overall pick Mac Jones to take the reins of the offense.
Though the move got some drawback following the team’s 1-3 start, it has quickly proven to be the right decision.
Following their win over Cleveland, the Patriots sit at 6-4 and look like a legitimate threat in the AFC. Even better? Jones is coming off maybe the best performance of his young career, throwing for three scores in the 45-7 route.
It was simply a great day all around for Patriots fans.
Not only did they steamroll one of the more talented teams in the AFC, but they also got to watch Cam Newton enjoy an epic return to Carolina.
While Newton didn’t start the game, he accounted for two touchdowns and his performance even prompted a response from Bill Belichick, who had nothing but positive things to say about his former quarterback.
Patriots HC Bill Belichick was delighted with Cam Newton’s return.
“It was great when they signed him,” Belichick said during his weekly hit on The Greg Hill Show. “Sounds like he had a great day yesterday. So, always happy for Cam. Appreciate everything he did. He was a wonderful guy to coach and be around.”
Class personified from the Patriots head coach. Newton didn’t have what you would call a ceremonious departure from New England, but this quote just confirms the mutual respect between the two future Hall of Famers.
In a Week 10 slate that saw the Patriots bulldoze the Browns, the Chiefs reclaim sole possession of first place in the AFC West, the Ravens lose to the Dolphins, Washington upset Tampa Bay, and Green Bay shut out Seattle in Russell Wilson’s return, Newton was arguably the talk of the league on Sunday.
The former MVP played just nine snaps, by the way. That says everything about his magnetism and what he meant to Carolina.
After scoring on his first snap in his return to the Panthers, a designed run inside the five, Newton had a simple message for the fan base (and the NFL).
Patriots fans should wish nothing but the best for Newton. He willingly took over as a placeholder following Tom Brady’s departure and went on to tie the team record for most rushing scores by a QB (12) in a single season.
Despite going through a ton of adversity in 2020, Newton always handled himself professionally in front of the microphone and never wavered from his role as one of the leaders in the locker room. That continued after the Patriots drafted Jones to eventually replace him as the starter.
Assuming the Patriots and Panthers don’t meet in the Super Bowl, fans should be pulling for him every week from here on out.