Former Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton deserves an assist this season.
It turned out to be another frustrating afternoon for the former Carolina Panthers strategist Cam Newton in week 8. The 2015 NFL Most Outstanding Player failed to get the New England Patriots over the line in the stretch in a narrow loss to the Buffalo Bills, which ended in a flagman’s fumble while his team was within goal range .
It continues a series of ominous shapes for Newton after returning from his COVID-19 scare. The Carolina Panthers have decided to part ways with their face of the franchise this offseason in favor of Teddy Bridgewater, which was also chance of the end during a three-game losing streak for Matt Rhule’s men.
The ex-Carolina Panthers QB doesn’t work much.
It was always going to be difficult for Newton to make his presence felt on a Patriots team that has lost so many defensive players to waivers and with so few weapons on the offensive side of the ball. Tom Brady had the same problem in New England last season and a quarterback can only work with the receivers available to him.
That being said, the former No. 1 overall pick needs to play better. There is no excuse for spitting the ball out at such a crucial moment and no one knows that better than Newton himself.4
He eventually ended the 24-21 loss with 15 passes completed of 25 attempts, 174 passing yards, 54 rushing yards, no touchdowns and one fumble loss. Newton has thrown just two scores this season after a strong start to the campaign and doubts surrounding his long-term future with a franchise that may well be in a position to land a better quarterback in the 2021 NFL Draft are growing at each pass. the week.
The microscope will always be on someone larger than life like Newton than most players. But it’s wise to give him some kind of a pass this season.
Cam Newton’s fumble freezes the game for the Bills 😯
— Sports Center (@SportsCenter) November 1, 2020
First of all, no matter how good Newton is in his off-season Instagram posts, he still hadn’t taken any meaningful snaps in 18 months. Coming to the Patriots so late and with no preseason games on the schedule has made it even harder for the player to acclimate and wherever he ends up in 2021, he should be better for that experience.
Second, the Patriots are a mess. This is a team that’s a shell of the force that has dominated the NFL for so long and it’s clear that Bill Belichick is overseeing a period of transition for the first time in two decades.
Third, scapegoating Newton is the easier option. It was a low-risk, high-reward move for the Patriots at the price, and given the lack of quality around him, it’s hard for anyone to scapegoat the former Panther for his failures.
It’s sad to see Newton so demoralized after games. It’s not what the player deserves after such an outstanding career. And if the Panthers had let him go long before, it might have given him a better chance to shine on a more competitive team.
Newton is strong enough to improve, provided those around him also up their respective games. While he might deserve a pass for his efforts this season, the NFL team doesn’t normally see things so favorably.