The Patriots signed Cam Newton on Sunday night time, and that’s an enormous improve over a 42-year-old Tom Brady.
At his superior age, Tom Brady determined to move to Florida this offseason. Such a alternative isn’t a shock with any of our elders. But, Brady’s Buccaneers function weapons he lacked with the New England Patriots, regardless of a superb run sport. The Bucs’ core of targets — particularly Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Gronk/OJ Howard/Cameron Brate, simply to call a couple of — are greater than what the Patriots may have acquired for TB12 this offseason.
Why is any of this vital in analyzing the Patriots’ resolution to signal Newton? Nicely, it’s exactly why Invoice Belichick is a genius for pulling off such a transfer. At his finest, Newton is used to doing extra with much less. Look no additional than his prime with Carolina.
Cam Newton is a good match for the Patriots, extra so than Tom Brady would’ve been subsequent season.
Newton barely performed final season because of shoulder and foot accidents, however in 2018 was nonetheless a succesful NFL starter after which some, delivering 24 touchdowns by way of the air and one other 4 on the bottom. Ron Rivera and Co. primarily ran Newton into the bottom from 2015 (Newton’s MVP season) to 2018, one thing Josh McDaniels will know higher than to duplicate.
At Newton’s finest, he was in an offense that featured DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart, and even gelled with a rookie Christian McCaffrey. In New England, he’ll have Sony Michel, James White, Rex Burkhead and Damien Harris at his disposal. With big-bodied targets resembling N’Keal Harry and Mohamed Sanu on the skin, paired with Julian Edelman within the slot, he can beat opposing groups by way of the air as properly. Such choices will mirror the times of Kelvin Benjamin, Devin Funchess and a veteran Steve Smith within the slot from varied seasons in Carolina.
Newton’s used to enjoying with groups constructed to New England’s present strengths, whereas Brady can’t muster the mobility and arm energy at his age to work with this crop. That’s not essentially an insult to him, only a credit score to Father Time.