Why the 2020 season is not the end for Cam Newton

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Context and Cam Newton

Yes, Cam Newton should be playing better. He will be the first person to tell you that. But there are plenty of extenuating circumstances surrounding his poor level of production this season.

He is throwing to the most dismal group of wide receivers you’ll ever see in the NFL. The Patriots did absolutely nothing to address something that played a leading role in Tom Brady’s departure and, if anything, this group is even worse than in 2019.

There is also the issue of Newton contracting COVID-19 to consider. The former Auburn sensation freely admitted it has taken a significant amount of time to get over, something that isn’t normally afforded to NFL quarterback no matter what the situation.

Newton appears rid of the shoulder and foot problems that blighted his final two years with the Carolina Panthers. But there will come a time when the player won’t be able to rely on his running to get him out of trouble.

However, that doesn’t appear to be happening anytime soon.

His 12 touchdowns and 513 yards from 126 carries this season indicate there is still some life in Newton, who looks set to be under center for the Patriots in their 2020 finale against the resurgent New York Jets.

At the very least, it will be another opportunity in the shop window for Newton if New England decides to move on from him after just one season.