A motivated Cam Newton dives into Patriots’ playbook

  • Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) stretches during an OTA session at the team's practice field on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. (David T. Foster III/Charlotte Observer/TNS) David T. Foster III

The Providence Journal (Providence, R.I.)
Published: 7/9/2020 5:41:35 PM
Modified: 7/9/2020 5:41:25 PM

It took Cam Newton a matter of days to connect with one of his new Patriots teammates when he worked out with Mohamed Sanu last week. The newest Patriots quarterback also hasn’t wasted any time when it comes to diving into his new playbook.

On Tuesday night, Newton posted a photo of himself sitting at a table taking notes. It appeared like the 31-year-old was studying the Patriots’ offensive playbook. The Instagram caption certainly made it sound as if that was the case, with Newton writing in quotes, “This (expletive) calculus!” The quote was attributed to Julian Edelman.

Thanks to his social media presence, we’ve been able to track Newton since he agreed to a one-year deal with the Patriots on June 28.

Last Friday, Newton was spotted in Foxborough, Mass., by Twitter user BostonSportsMike. According to the NFL Network, Newton was in town to take his physical with the Patriots. On Wednesday evening, the team officially announced the Newton signing.

On Monday, Newton posted a workout video on his Instagram page. It looked like a warning to the rest of the NFL. In the video, the quarterback can be seen doing some core work.

“You gonna choose that over this?” Newton said in between sets. “I’m being modest, I’ll tell you this: I’m getting tired of being humble now. All right? All right?”

After more crunches, Newton pops up again. It’s clear that the former NFL MVP is coming to Foxborough motivated.

“I’m really a killa. I’m really a killa,” Newton said. “You hear me? I’m getting tired of all this humble (expletive). Because, when you’re humble, they start taking advantage of you. When you don’t say nothing, they start taking advantage of you. But the hyenas can be doing all of this, the elephants can be doing all of what they do, the giraffes, the antelopes, the chimpanzees, even the gorilla. But there’s one (expletive) animal in the jungle, and when he roars, everything stops. And I’m about to (expletive) roar.”

With sports at a standstill due to the coronavirus virus pandemic, the Newton news has given Patriots fans some added excitement heading into training camp. Although the details are still to be sorted out, it appears that there won’t be any preseason games this summer.

That might make it harder for a new player like Newton this offseason, but it’s clear that this quarterback is working hard. If anything, the upcoming quarterback competition will be the biggest Patriots’ story line heading into training camp, which is expected to start on July 28.




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