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5 biggest disappointments of NFL Week 7

Cam Newton

We’re getting close to the halfway point of the NFL season, which means the playoff races will really be heating up soon. That means the stakes are getting higher, and the pressure is rising as well.

Plenty of NFL stars are succeeding in responding to that pressure. Some, however, aren’t doing quite as well. Here are five players who disappointed in Week 7.

Cam Newton, QB, Patriots

The predictions about Newton having a rebound season and getting back to his MVP form look about as off the mark as some of his passes do these days. Newton went 9/15 for 98 yards and three interceptions in Sunday’s loss to San Francisco. He didn’t have his peak strength or accuracy, and things got bad enough that he was benched once the game became a blowout. Newton’s play is a real concern for New England at this point, and one has to wonder if the Pats are considering a switch with Jarrett Stidham waiting in the wings.

Stephen Gostkowski, K, Titans

The Titans have stuck by Gostkowski so far, even though they’d have been entirely justified in moving on based on his stats. Now he’s cost them a game. He missed a 45-yard field goal at the end of regulation against the Steelers that would have forced overtime. Even Ben Roethlisberger couldn’t believe it. The veteran has now missed six field goals and two extra points, and doesn’t look reliable right now. The Titans are 5-1 and look well-positioned for a playoff run. They will want to get a better kicker first, though.

Jon Bostic, LB, Washington

Bostic produced the worst moment of the day with this hit on Andy Dalton that knocked the Dallas Cowboys quarterback out of the game. It was so bad, in fact, that Washington coach Ron Rivera apologized and publicly chastised Bostic for his lack of control. Rivera is right. Bostic is a veteran who needs to be better than that. It was a low hit that looked like head-hunting, and a suspension would be fully deserved.

Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Cowboys

Elliott continues to look fairly lost in the Dallas backfield with or without Dak Prescott. He was held to 45 yards on 12 carries Sunday against Washington, keeping a worrying trend going. It’s the second consecutive game Elliott has been held under 50 yards, and the third time in five weeks. He has yet to go for 100 yards this season. Some of that is due to game script, but Elliott is also dealing with fumbling problems, and has at times looked uncertain running out of the backfield. The Cowboys need him more than ever with Prescott and possibly Dalton out, but he’s not giving them much.

Todd Gurley, RB, Falcons

Gurley will be having nightmares about scoring a touchdown, strange as that is to say. While he tried to avoid crossing the plane, Gurley accidentally scored late to put Atlanta ahead 22-16 against Detroit. The problem? Doing so left the Lions over a minute to go downfield and score a game-winning touchdown themselves. We always praise running backs who are mentally sharp enough to take a knee short of the end zone in order to burn more clock in a spot like this. Gurley didn’t do that, and his team ultimately paid the price. Crazily, this was the second time this happened over the weekend.

Cam Newton benched for Jarrett Stidham during poor game

Cam Newton

Cam Newton was benched by the New England Patriots for Jarrett Stidham during a poor start on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

Newton was having a rough time throughout the game and went 9/15 for 98 yards and three interceptions before being asked to take a seat midway through the third quarter. He also had five rushes for 19 yards.

After Newton threw his third interception, which came in the third quarter, head coach Bill Belichick was shown walking up to Newton and giving him a pat on the bench. That seemed to be Belichick’s way of nicely saying “we’re going to go with Stidham.”

The poor accuracy and lack of zip on his passes Sunday led some to wonder whether Newton is being bothered by his shoulder again.

Newton also looked bad in a Week 6 loss to the Broncos where he went 17/25 for 157 yards and two interceptions. His recent performances have left fans wondering what happened to the guy who looked like his old MVP self the first two games of the season.

Cam Newton shoulder injury concerns resurface

Cam Newton

Cam Newton played miserably in the New England Patriots’ loss to the Denver Broncos last week, and he may have been even worse in the first half against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. Newton was so bad, in fact, that people are beginning to wonder if he is once again having problems with his throwing shoulder.

Newton completed just 4-of-8 passes for 30 yards and threw two interceptions in the first half of Sunday’s game. The incompletions and interceptions were horribly off the mark, including one throw where Newton appeared to have a receiver open on third down and short-armed a ball into the turf. Most of his passes had no zip on them like the one below:

Newton also threw two interceptions in Week 6. His accuracy has suddenly become a huge issue, and some who have watched him over the years feel like the former MVP is throwing the ball similarly to how he did when he had a shoulder injury.

While he was said to be fully healthy when the Patriots signed him, Newton has undergone multiple shoulder procedures in recent years. That is one of the main reasons 31 teams passed on trying to sign him this offseason and there was only one team willing to offer him a chance to start.

It’s possible Newton is struggling because he missed time with the coronavirus. The Patriots also have a horrible receiving corps, and they are reportedly trying to change that ahead of next week’s trade deadline.

Whatever the case, the Newton who threw for 397 yards and nearly led the Patriots to a win over the Seattle Seahawks last month is nowhere to be found. The shoulder is worth monitoring.

Cam Newton had great quotes about his performance in Patriots’ loss

Cam Newton

Cam Newton played his worst game as a New England Patriot in Sunday’s loss to the Denver Broncos, and the former NFL MVP is making no excuses for the poor performance.

Newton handled himself extremely well in his weekly appeared on WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Show” Monday morning. He was asked several questions about his positive coronavirus test and how it impacted his preparation for the Broncos game, but he refused to use that as an excuse. Newton also had a great quote when asked about a throw in which he and wide receiver N’Keal Harry were clearly not on the same page.

There has been a lot of talk about the Patriots not having enough weapons on offense, but Newton has repeatedly defended the roster. He also said he is prepared to handle all the negative reaction to New England being 2-3.

The lack of practice time due to positive COVID-19 tests clearly hurt the Patriots against Denver. Newton threw two interceptions and looked uncomfortable in the pocket the entire game. Even Bill Belichick hinted that the practice schedule was an issue, which was out of character for the coach.

New England is a fringe playoff team at the moment, so losing at home to a lesser opponent like the Broncos could come back to haunt them. The loss snapped an unbelievable streak the Patriots have been on during the Belichick era. How the Pats respond to that will say a lot about their current roster.

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Cam Newton, Stephon Gilmore reportedly cleared from coronavirus

Cam Newton

It has been less than two weeks since New England Patriots stars Cam Newton and Stephon Gilmore tested positive for the coronavirus, but both are ready to return to practice.

Reports on Wednesday indicated that both Newton and Gilmore will take part in practice with the Patriots on Thursday. That puts them on track to play against the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

Newton got his positive COVID-19 test result on Saturday, Oct. 3. Gilmore tested positive a few days later, and he apparently had dinner with Newton before the quarterback received his positive result.

The postponement of the Patriots-Broncos game could end up working out for both sides, as Denver quarterback Drew Lock also returned to practice this week. Multiple Broncos players expressed frustration over the schedule changes, but moving the game back a week allowed key players on both sides to get healthy.

Cam Newton may benefit from Broncos-Patriots being postponed

Cam Newton

The New England Patriots are not playing in Week 5 after another member of their organization tested positive for the coronavirus on Saturday. While that is not the ideal scenario for the NFL, it may actually benefit the Patriots.

The NFL announced on Sunday that Monday’s game between the Patriots and Denver Broncos has been postponed. New England originally had a bye in Week 6, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the game will be played then instead. Denver’s originally scheduled game against the Miami Dolphins for Week 6 will be played later in the season.

Newton was the first member of the Patriots to test positive for COVID-19. His positive test was returned last Saturday, so it has been more than a week. As Tom Pelissero of NFL Network notes, it was unclear if the quarterback would have played on Monday. Now that there is an extra week between games, Newton has a better chance of getting cleared.

Players who are asymptomatic have a chance of returning within a week if they can produce a certain amount of negative coronavirus tests. Newton has indicated he is doing well, though it’s not known if he ever experienced any symptoms.

The Patriots desperately could have used Newton in their game against the Kansas City Chiefs last week. They entered halftime trailing just 6-3 despite horrible play from Brian Hoyer. Jarrett Stidham then took over in the second half and also struggled, throwing two interceptions. If Newton only ends up missing one game, that would be a silver lining for New England amid unfortunate circumstances.

Report: Cam Newton has chance to return for Week 5

Cam Newton

Cam Newton isn’t back in practice, but it sounds like the New England Patriots quarterback still has a chance to return for Monday’s game.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick confirmed Saturday that Newton is unlikely to practice. However, Belichick was mum on Newton’s status for Monday’s game against Denver. Ben Volin of the Boston Globe took it a step further, saying that “it’s in the realm of possibility” that Newton plays.

As of Saturday, Newton is still on the COVID-IR list. Medical clearance would be required for his return. He has, however, been involved in virtual meetings, so he’s been involved in prep work for the Denver game.

Playing Newton when he hasn’t practiced in two weeks would be a risk. However, it sounds like it could be on the table as long as he’s healthy.

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Bill Belichick provides update on Cam Newton’s situation

Cam Newton

It has been nearly a week since Cam Newton tested positive for the coronavirus, but Bill Belichick says the New England Patriots quarterback is still taking part in preparation for Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos.

Whlile he did not go into specifics about Newton’s health, Belichick told Tom E. Curran of NBC Sports Boston on Thursday that Newton can “absolutely” participate in virtual meetings.

That’s a promising sign regarding how Newton is feeling. If he were having serious complications from contracting COVID-19, Belichick probably would not be talking about him taking part in team meetings.

Stephon Gilmore also tested positive for COVID-19 this week, giving the Patriots a total of three positive tests. Their facility has been closed as a result, so all preparation for Sunday’s game has been remote.

Newton shared an optimistic update on Instagram this week following his positive coronavirus test.

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Cam Newton shares optimistic message after contracting coronavirus

Cam Newton

Cam Newton could potentially miss multiple games after he tested positive for the coronavirus this week, but the New England Patriots quarterback is maintaining a positive attitude.

Newton took to Instagram on Sunday to post an optimistic message about getting himself healthy and being grateful.

“I never will question God’s reasoning, just will always respond with, ‘Yes Lord!!'” Newton wrote in his token social media font. “I appreciate all the love, support and well wishes!! I will take this time to get healthy and self reflect on the other amazing things that I should be grateful for.”

Newton will not play in this week’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs, which has been postponed to Monday night. His availability for Week 5 when the Patriots host the Denver Broncos will depend on whether he is cleared from COVID-19 in the next week.

NFL fans were looking forward to watching Newton vs. Patrick Mahomes, and Bill Belichick heaped another round of praise on his quarterback this week. Unfortunately, that matchup is not one we’re going to see this year unless the two teams square off in the playoffs.

Cam Newton tests positive for coronavirus, will not play Sunday

Cam Newton

The New England Patriots will not have their starting quarterback on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.

As first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Cam Newton tested positive for COVID-19. He will be placed on the COVID-19/reserve list and miss Sunday’s game. Schefter added that, for now, there is no indication that the virus has spread to any of Newton’s teammates.

It’s a significant blow for the Patriots in what was expected to be an exciting matchup between two of the game’s most electric quarterbacks. New England will have to choose between Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer to start in Newton’s place.

Newton’s positive test comes on the same weekend as another game was postponed due to a separate outbreak. There was no initial word on how Newton was feeling or whether he was symptomatic.