Though the Patriots selected Mac Jones 15th overall in the 2021 NFL Draft, coach Bill Belichick made it clear that Newton remains the team's top QB at this time, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports. "Cam's our quarterback. Whatever time Jarrett (Stidham) or Mac are ready to challenge and compete, then we'll see how that goes," Belichick noted Thursday night.
Given that New England used a first-round pick to secure Jones, it can be assumed that he's viewed as the team's long-term answer at QB, but the rookie has some ground to make up before he's in a position to overtake Newton as the starter. The report adds that both Newton and Stidham have been participating in voluntary offseason workouts at Gillette Stadium of late, a context that gives Newton a head start relative to last year, when he didn't sign with the team until late June and then contended with an unconventional offseason that presented challenges with regard to getting up to speed with his new team's offense and gaining rapport with his supporting cast. As the 2021 campaign approaches, Newton -- who turns 32 on May 11 -- will be working with an improved pass-catching corps that will feature a quartet of free agent additions, namely WRs Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne, as well as talented TEs Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry.
The one-year deal that Newton signed with the Patriots could be worth up to $14 million, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.
Per the report, "about $6 million is tied to honors and how far the team might advance in the playoffs." Under those terms, it's still possible that the Patriots may explore other options at QB, but as it stands, Newton has an opportunity to rebound from the subpar season he endured in 2020. This time around, the 31-year-old will have an entire offseason in the team's program and is poised to approach the coming campaign healthy. Additionally, with New England in good shape from a salary cap standpoint, it's expected that the team will look to upgrade its pass-catching corps in free agency and/or the NFL draft. Assuming he works with an improved supporting cast this coming season, it's reasonable to project added passing production from Newton in 2021. In such a scenario, he could engineer a fantasy bounce-back, especially considering his ability to make an impact via the ground game.
Newton will return to the Patriots in 2021 on a one-year contract, Jim McBride of The Boston Globe reports.
There won't be any drama for Newton in free agency, as he will remain with the team he spent last season with. On only a one-year deal, he won't be guaranteed a starting spot, but he'll be the favorite to open the 2021 campaign under center for the Patriots.
The Patriots haven't ruled out re-signing Newton, according to Jeff Howe of The Athletic. The QB -- who earned $3,956,250 in 2020, including incentives -- is slated to become a free agent this offseason.
For his part, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com says that his gut feeling is that there's about a 25 percent chance Newton will be retained. Following a 2020 campaign in which Newton did plenty of damage as a rusher but struggled to produce consistently as a passer, it remains to be seen what sort of offers he'll command in free agency. While Howe suggests that it's thought that the Patriots will "initially seek other alternatives," it's possible they'll entertain the idea of bringing back Newton if they believe that a healthier version of the former NFL MVP "can be better with more help around him." New England has the 15th overall pick in this April's draft, and if the team elects to choose a quarterback with that selection or one later on in the process, then considering a veteran bridge option such as Newton (under reasonable financial parameters) could make sense for the franchise.
Newton completed 21 of 30 passes for 242 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday's 28-14 win over the Jets. He also rushed 11 times for 79 yards and caught a 19-yard touchdown pass thrown by wide receiver Jakobi Meyers.
Newton snapped a three-week passing touchdown drought with a seven-yard score to James White on the opening drive, then added touchdown passes to Devin Asiasi (26 yards) and Sony Michel (31 yards) in the fourth quarter for his only multi-touchdown passing performance of the season. He finishes his lone season in New England with 2,857 yards and a putrid 8:10 TD:INT through the air, though Newton also chipped in 12 rushing touchdowns, which marked his highest total since he tallied14 as a rookie in 2011. The 31-year-old quarterback will be hard-pressed to win a starting job next season given his ineptitude as a passer, though it remains to be seen where he'll land as an unrestricted free agent.
Coach Bill Belichick relayed to WEEI on Tuesday that he believes Newton will start Sunday's season finale against the Jets. "Yeah, I would imagine," Belichick said. "We're going through that now. We'll see."
The statement wasn't exactly a ringing endorsement of Newton, who completed five of 10 passes for 34 yards and rushed four times for 24 yards and a touchdown during Monday's blowout loss to the Bills. Jarrett Stidham eventually replaced Newton in the third quarter but didn't fare well himself, with 44 yards on 4-for-11 passing. The Patriots are out of the playoff picture and have no investment in Newton beyond this season, while Stidham is a 2019 fourth-round pick of the club. Still, when Newton has been healthy, the team hasn't wavered from starting him, and Belichick seems resigned to doing the same Week 17.
Newton completed five of 10 passes for 34 yards and rushed four times for 24 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 38-9 loss to the Bills before being replaced by Jarrett Stidham.
Newton had a potential touchdown dropped on New England's opening drive, but then responded with a nine-yard touchdown scramble during the second quarter. Aside from that play however, the signal-caller again struggled mightily to move the ball, resulting in Stidham entering the game a couple of drives into the third quarter. At this stage, it wouldn't be surprising if Stidham were to start Sunday's season finale versus the Jets, but Newton's status should be monitored throughout the week to gauge his value nonetheless.
Newton remains on track to start Monday night's game against the Bills, barring a late change in plans, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
Per ESPN's Mike Reiss, Newton's Week 16 status, and "the possibility of the Patriots turning to backup Jarrett Stidham, came into sharper focus" after the team was eliminated from the playoffs last weekend. In 13 games this season, Newton has recorded 2,381 passing yards to go along with a 5:10 TD:INT ratio. Meanwhile, his fantasy utility has been aided by the fact that he's logged 122 carries for 489 yards and 11 rushing scores. While Newton remains the team's expected starter versus Buffalo, with New England 6-8, it's possible that the team may still decide to give Stidham some snaps Monday, depending on the flow of the game.
Newton completed 17 of 27 pass attempts for 209 yards, adding 38 rushing yards on nine carries during Sunday's 22-12 loss to Miami.
Newton was held without a touchdown pass for the eighth time this season, as New England suffered a divisional defeat to fall out of playoff contention. The 31-year-old's value has been significantly boosted by 11 scores on the ground, Newton's most since his rookie campaign of 2011, when he racked up 14. With that element lacking from his game Sunday, Newton dropped to a 6-7 record as the Patriots' starter. He'll face Buffalo next, with the Patriots having a chance to impact their division rival's playoff seeding.
Coach Bill Belichick confirmed Friday that Newton (abdomen) will remain the Patriots' starting QB, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.
Prior to being pulled early in the fourth quarter of Thursday night's 24-3 loss to the Rams, Newton completed nine of his 16 pass attempts for 119 yards and a pick to go along with seven carries for 16 yards. Despite his struggles Week 14, the Patriots have no plans to turn to second-year backup Jarrett Stidham when they face Miami on Dec. 20. As that game approaches, we'd expect Newton, who's been managing an abdominal issue, to appear on New England's injury report, but neither his Week 15 status nor his perch atop the team's QB depth chart appear in any danger at this time.
Newton (abdomen) completed nine of 16 passes for 119 yards with no touchdowns and one interception in the Patriots' 24-3 loss to the Rams on Thursday night. He also rushed seven times for 16 yards and committed a fumble that was recovered by the offense before being replaced by Jarrett Stidham with 10:12 remaining.
Newton's numbers more or less tell the story, with the notable addendum being that his one interception was of the pick-six variety, contributing to the Patriots' game-long malaise. The veteran signal-caller had entered Thursday night's game having thrown for under 100 yards in each of the prior two games, with New England somehow emerging victorious in both contests. However, Newton didn't consistently get handed short fields or see his defense and special teams put up some complementary scores as had been the case in those wins, and he wasn't up to the task of matching the Rams offense on the scoreboard. The fallout from Newton's late-game benching is naturally something to monitor as well as the fantasy postseason begins, and given coach Bill Belichick's typically secretive nature about personnel decisions and the extended time between Thursday and a Week 15 road matchup against the Dolphins on Dec. 20, it could be some time before fantasy managers get a handle on whether it will be Newton or Stidham under center for that divisional clash.
Newton (abdomen) is listed as active for Thursday night's game against the Rams.
Newton, who completed 12 of 19 pass attempts for 69 yards and a TD this past Sunday against the Chargers, did most of his damage in the Patriots' 45-0 win via his impact as a runner, logging 14 carries for 48 rushing yards and two scores. While he should be more productive as a passer Thursday even against a tough Rams defense, Newton's path to fantasy relevance these days continues to be primarily fueled by his utility in New England's ground game.
Newton (abdomen) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Rams.
Newton, who was listed as a limited participant on Wednesday's practice report, is one of 14 players deemed questionable by the Patriots. Though the quarterback's status is worth confirming prior to Thursday's 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff, he's fully expected to play Week 14. Newton only completed 12 of 19 attempts for 69 yards and a touchdown last week against the Chargers, instead doing most of his damage on the ground (14 carries for 48 rushing yards and two scores) in the Patriots' 45-0 victory.
Newton (abdomen) was a limited participant in Tuesday's practice.
This injury capped Newton's practice reps last week as well. Nevertheless, he didn't show any limitations in Sunday's 45-0 win over the Chargers, completing 12 of 19 passes for 69 yards and a touchdown and rushing 14 times for 48 yards and two more scores. It's worth monitoring his Wednesday practice status, but he appears to be on the right track to play Thursday against the Rams.
Newton (abdomen) was listed as limited on Monday's practice estimate.
Newton similarly logged limited sessions all of last week before suiting up Sunday, when he completed 12 of 19 passes for 69 yards and one touchdown while racking up 14 carries for 48 yards and two more TDs against the Chargers. There doesn't seem to be much worry about his availability for Thursday's game versus the Rams, but his status still should be watched as the week goes on.
Newton completed 12 of 19 passes for 69 yards and a touchdown while adding 48 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries during Sunday's 45-0 win over the Chargers.
Newton fell shy of 20 attempts for the third time in the last four games and was held under 100 yards passing for the second consecutive outing. He still managed a fantasy-friendly performance with a pair of close-range rushing touchdowns and added a five-yard passing score to N'Keal Harry to round out his line. While Newton's statistical production has been quite volatile of late, he's led his team to wins in four of his last five games and an average of 29 points per game during that stretch. His unconventional style could keep him in the picture from a fantasy perspective despite a tough matchup with the Rams on Thursday.
Newton (abdomen) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Chargers.
Through 10 games this season, Newton is averaging 198.4 passing yards to go along with just four TD passes versus nine picks. Where the 31-year-old signal-caller continues to help fantasy managers, however, is with the numbers that he puts up in New England's ground game. To date, he's logged 92 carries for 387 yards and nine rushing scores.
Newton (abdomen) is expected to play Sunday against the Chargers, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
The report notes that Newton, who was listed as questionable for the contest by the Patriots, took nearly all of the team's first-team QB reps at practice this week. Confirmation of the QB's status will arrive once New England's inactives are posted prior to Sunday's 4:25 ET kickoff, with Rapoport's report in line with that of one relayed Friday by Jeff Howe of The Athletic, who noted then that Newton remains on track to start his team's Week 13 tilt.
Newton (abdomen) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chargers after practicing in a limited fashion this week.
Official confirmation of the QB's Week 13 status will arrive when the Patriots post their inactives prior to Sunday's 4:25 ET kickoff, but according to Jeff Howe of The Athletic, Newton remains in line to start the contest, a notion that could well be solidified by Sunday morning once the usual late-night/early morning injury updates arrive via key national NFL reporters.
Newton (abdomen) remained limited at practice Thursday, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.
When asked if he expects to play this weekend against the Chargers, Newton replied, "I will be," adding "I'm feeling as good as I should be feeling. Just got to stay on top of things and see what the trainers say and just keep getting treatment." With that in mind, we'd expect the QB to be officially listed as questionable for Sunday's 4:25 ET game.
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