Sunday afternoon, Cam Newton made his debut for the New England Patriots, winning the game against division rival Miami Dolphins by a score of 21-11. Newton completed 15 of 19 passes for 155 yards while rushing for 75 yards and two touchdowns in the victory.
After the match, Newton had to be restrained by several team-mates after a fight broke out in midfield as the closing seconds of the game elapsed. Newton and several members of the Miami Dolphins were seen chatting and bumping their chests as the two teams gathered on the field to shake hands.
Video of the incident can be seen below.
Here’s what happened with Cam after the game, which went on for quite a while. The show had to end.pic.twitter.com/Tuz9FH7xUQ
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) September 13, 2020
Speaking to the media on Thursday, Newton made no secret of his level of excitement ahead of his first game for New England. Recovering from shoulder surgery in the offseason, he only played two games a season ago due to a Lisfranc injury. He made it clear that things didn’t end well with the Panthers, and there’s definitely a chip on his shoulder.
“The excitement level is 1,000,” Newton said via MassLive.com. “I am excited, happy. Just to get back into the rhythm of game week – the preparation, the little nuggets that we often forget. You have to remember that I was away from football, really, for a full year. Sixteen games. I missed the last games of 2018 and only played two games in 2019, which equals 16 games. I haven’t really had this whole process in a long time now, so being there, taking notes, watching a movie, learning about different players every day, getting locked in – excited about the game plan and more excited about the just trying to get into a routine with the novelty of the call for play, coaches and even players.
In nine seasons (virtually eight with Newton playing just two games in 2019), Newton has 29,041 passing yards, 182 touchdowns, 108 interceptions, a 59.6% completion percentage, 4,806 rushing yards and 58 rushing touchdowns. .
“Honestly, this is a game of heaven for me, knowing that I’m at a place where everything is going in the same direction and it’s all about winning,” Newton said Monday of his decision to sign with the Patriots. “Coming from someone who has won at every level, I feel like if I do things the right way, trusting the same people who got me this far and trusting their coaching, I think is something that when you look at an opportunity in a timely manner, it can be accomplished.
Newton, 31, signed a one-year contract with the Patriots worth $1.05 million, with a bonus of $700,000. If Newton hits every possible incentive, his contract could go up to $7.5 million for this season.
“I think it will be a hit,” former NFL linebacker Bart Scott said Friday on ESPN Get Up. “That chapter was always in the playbook, but they just couldn’t use it because of Tom Brady … I think they were waiting to modernize the offense. But I just laugh that [New England coach] Bill [Belichick] appears to be a heartbroken girlfriend who says, “Hey Tom, look at my new boyfriend that I have and look at all the things he can do that you can’t do.”
“I think the only thing Cam will allow this team to do is play 11-on-11,” Scott said. “Look, the Patriots got it on the cheap. They don’t care, it’s a rental car…they can kill it to death, and they won’t have to pay for it next year. But let’s see how much Bill loves it when it comes time to write the $40 million plus check next year. Right now it’s a rental car, and they’re going to try to get all the tread off the tires because ultimately they can turn it over to Hertz.