The New England Patriots first season with Cam Newton did not go as well as head coach Bill Belichick hoped. Making the situation worse, the franchise played its first season without Tom Brady on the roster for the first time since 2000. The Patriots missed the playoffs finishing the season with a 7-9 record.
Despite that, the Patriots brought Cam Newton back on another 1-year deal. They did however draft Mac Jones from Alabama in the first round. With that being said, Newton is still the starter as of now.
Last year Newton did not get a normal or full offseason with his new team. Belichick has taken note of that and acknowledge the improvement already.
This is good news for Newton as many voices around the league felt the Patriots were going to move on from Cam after a subpar performance during the 2020 season.
Newton added the following comments about where he is currently at compared to last year.
This is a very important year for Cam Newton. If he does not perform well the opportunities to show he can still play are going to become slim. The Patriots are a long way away from their Super Bowl days with Tom Brady as they find themselves in unfamiliar territory.