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Patriots WR’s trainer throws Cam Newton under the bus

Cam Newton

Bill Belichick has steadfastly refused to make a quarterback change for the New England Patriots this season. That appears to be rather frustrating for one wide receiver’s personal trainer.

N’Keal Harry has fallen behind Damiere Byrd, Jakobi Meyers, and Julian Edelman in the team’s pecking order, having caught just five passes on nine targets over the past three weeks. Harry’s trainer, Rischad Whitfield, thinks Harry’s struggles are partly the fault of Cam Newton.

“We’ve got a new quarterback. We’ve got to put some of that (expletive) on Cam,” Whitfield told Harry McKenna of Patriots Wire on Tuesday. “Cam hasn’t been the most accurate this year. Like if (Harry) had Tom Brady, Tom Brady would’ve fed him. But we’re back there with Cam and Cam’s getting acclimated to the offense, too.

“It’s a big deal coming from Tom Brady to Cam Newton. … That’s one of Cam Newton’s biggest issues is mechanics.”

Harry, a former first-round pick, has failed to consistently produce for the Patriots. That’s despite Newton working with him and publicly supporting him. If the two aren’t clicking on the field, it certainly doesn’t seem to be for a lack of effort.

One thing is for sure: this isn’t likely to go down well with Bill Belichick. We’ve heard before that he doesn’t always take kindly to the outside influence of personal trainers around the organization, after all.

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Bill Belichick explains why he is sticking with Cam Newton

Bill Belichick

Cam Newton had another horrific game in the New England Patriots’ blowout loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday night, but Bill Belichick has made it clear the former MVP is not in danger of losing his starting job. The coach stood by Newton immediately after the game and remained just as emphatic after sleeping on it.

Newton was benched for Jarrett Stidham in the second half of the 24-3 loss. Belichick was asked if he has considered making a permanent change at quarterback, and he immediately shut the question down. On Friday, he insisted the decision to put Stidham in against the Rams was purely situational. He also appeared to commit to Newton for the remainder of the season.

Simply put, Newton has been horrible this season. It would be fair to attribute some of that to his sub-par supporting cast, but he has just five touchdown passes compared to 10 interceptions, one of which was a costly pick-six early in Thursday’s game.

Belichick’s insistence on sticking with Newton may say more about his feelings toward Stidham and less about Newton’s performance. If Stidham can’t supplant a quarterback with a 78.9 passer rating, it’s hard to feel good about his future with the franchise.

Belichick recently offered a surprising assessment of the Patriots’ current situation. He likely considers Newton to be a part of that reality. New England needs a long-term solution at quarterback, and it does not seem like that player is on the roster at the moment.

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Cam Newton remains Patriots’ quarterback despite lackluster game

Cam Newton

Cam Newton had a poor game in the New England Patriots’ 24-3 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday night, but it doesn’t sound like the team is making any quarterback changes.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was asked after the game if he would be switching quarterbacks. Belichick praised the question and gave a definitive answer.

“Great question, really glad you asked that. Cam’s our quarterback,” Belichick said.

It sounds pretty certainly like Belichick is sticking with Cam despite sitting the quarterback down in the fourth quarter. Belichick has been saying the same thing all season, so maybe he figures that backing Newton will help the quarterback’s confidence. Belichick might also believe that the team needs to win with Newton, because Jarrett Stidham is not an improvement.

Newton went 9/16 for 119 yards and an interception that was returned for a touchdown. He rushed seven times for 16 yards. Stidham went 5/7 for 27 yards. This was the second straight game in which Stidham made an appearance for the Pats, though last time was thanks to much better circumstances.

Cam Newton perfectly demonstrates understanding of the ‘Patriot Way’

Cam Newton

Cam Newton has yet to finish his first season with the New England Patriots, but the star quarterback clearly has a full understanding of what Bill Belichick expects from his players.

Newton showcased his grasp of the so-called “Patriot Way” on Tuesday when a reporter asked him about Julian Edelman’s recovery from a knee injury. He basically said he has been placed under gag order by you-know-who.

Patriots players are trained to give as little information as possible to the media, and that is especially true with injuries. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Sunday that Edelman is still a couple of weeks away from returning, but Newton knows better than to provide any information about the injury timeline.

Newton also gave a vague response about his own injury status recently, so he is clearly all-in on Belichick’s infamous rules.

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Cam Newton gives vague response about injury status

Cam Newton

Cam Newton isn’t giving away much about the abdominal injury that is limiting him in practice this week.

The New England Patriots quarterback offered a pretty vague response Thursday when asked about his health status, noting that he was prepared to do whatever team trainers feel is best.

“I’m feeling as good as I should be feeling,” Newton said, via Michael Giardi of NFL Network.

It’s anyone’s guess what that means. It wouldn’t be a surprise if Newton is hurting more than he’s been letting on based on his performances, though. He has yet to throw for more than one touchdown in a game this year, and he’s only thrown for over 200 yards three times all season. His rushing totals have also diminished lately. There has even been questions about whether the Patriots should stick with him as the starter.

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Cam Newton wore quite the large hat in his postgame outfit

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Cam Newton is known for his postgame outfits, and his clothes after Week 10 were no exception.

Newton went 13/17 for 118 yards and a touchdown pass in the New England Patriots’ 23-17 win over the Baltimore Ravens. Newton also rushed for a score.

After the game, Newton was seen wearing a big hat in his postgame press conference.

Newton is quite often mocked for the outfits he wears to and from games. He also has faced criticism for spending time on his wardrobe while losing.

This time he got a victory and played pretty well, which makes the outfits easier for fans to swallow. Despite their rough season, New England is actually now 4-5.

5 biggest disappointments of NFL Week 8

Lamar Jackson

Week 8 is finished, meaning we’re just about halfway through the NFL season. Some teams are beginning to realize that their championship dreams aren’t going to be coming true this year. Others can look forward to the second half of the season with optimism if their teams are sitting well-positioned for a possible playoff run.

Amid all that, some players and units just aren’t performing the way they need to. Here are five big ones that disappointed in Week 8.

Lamar Jackson, QB, Ravens

Jackson wanted to step up and do better in big games this year. This was not a performance to back up the rhetoric. Jackson completed just half of his passes, throwing two poor interceptions as the Steelers held the star quarterback in check for most of the afternoon and won 28-24. As gifted as Jackson is, the fact that the Ravens seemed to actively avoid the pass in the second half is an indictment of where they’re at right now.

Baker Mayfield, QB, Browns

Every time the Browns appear to turn a corner, something like Sunday’s game seems to happen. The Browns were held to six points against a lackluster Raiders team, with Mayfield again looking like his worst self again. He completed just 12 passes for only 122 yards, lacking weapons and accuracy. He had five touchdowns last week and none this week. Mayfield needs to be more consistent if the Browns are going to get where they want to be. Odell Beckham’s absence didn’t help, but this was ugly.

Los Angeles Chargers

Serious questions must be asked of any team that holds a lead of at least two touchdowns in four straight games and fails to win any of them. That’s where the Chargers are at, challenging the Falcons for the title of who can blow more big leads in a season. This week, the Chargers gave up 31 points to the Broncos, who aren’t known for having one of the league’s best offenses. The Chargers have to be wondering what on earth is going on here, but the fact of the matter is, their season is going down the drain quickly.

Cam Newton, QB, Patriots

Even when Newton plays fairly well these days, something seems to go brutally wrong for him. His passing numbers were still underwhelming — he threw for just 174 yards — but he did add 54 rushing yards and a touchdown. Ultimately, though, this performance will be remembered for this backbreaking fumble in the final minutes that cost the Patriots a shot at a game-tying field goal. It was an absolutely brutal play that won’t have helped his chances of hanging onto the starting job.

Green Bay Packers’ run defense

Dalvin Cook is a quality back, but the Packers were absolutely gashed here. Cook ran for 163 yards and four touchdowns as the Vikings repeatedly got what they wanted on the ground. That was just about Minnesota’s entire offense, with 11 of their 20 first downs coming on the ground. The Packers played fine otherwise — the offense was effective, and the Minnesota passing game was limited. That should have been enough, but it wasn’t.

Bonus: Cowboys-Eagles game

Yes, fans went into “Sunday Night Football” expecting a bad game between Philly and Dallas. That’s exactly what we got. The Cowboys and Eagles took us back about 30 years in terms of passing offenses. Ben DiNucci made his first career start and passed for 180 yards, lost two fumbles, and led no touchdown drives. Carson Wentz wasn’t a whole lot better on the other side, as he turned the ball over four times and is trying to do too much. That was nowhere near the quality of play fans have come to expect from an Eagles-Cowboys clash.

Bill Belichick says Cam Newton will remain Patriots QB

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At least for the moment, Bill Belichick is sticking with Cam Newton despite the quarterback’s continued struggles.

The New England Patriots lost their fourth game in a row on Sunday to the division rival Buffalo Bills. The loss left the Patriots 3.5 games behind the Bills, and their AFC East hopes are in serious danger. Newton once again played a key role in the defeat, committing this massive turnover in the game’s final minute. The veteran quarterback went 15/25 for just 174 yards, though he did run for 54 yards and score a touchdown.

In spite of Newton’s struggles, Belichick said after the game that there are no plans for a quarterback change.

“Cam’s our quarterback. That’s the way it’s been all year,” Belichick said, via Michael Giardi of NFL Network.

Speculation about Newton’s job security has grown in recent weeks. Committing a costly turnover in that spot doesn’t seem like it would help matters, and Belichick may revisit this later in the week.

Cam Newton fumbles game away for Patriots

Cam Newton

Cam Newton had a chance to redeem himself on Sunday coming off consecutive poor performances, but the New England Patriots quarterback failed to deliver when it mattered most.

Newton and the Patriots strung together a solid drive late in the fourth quarter while trailing the Buffalo Bills 24-21. New England marched down the field and appeared to be well positioned for, at worst, a game-tying field goal. Then Newton fumbled.

Here’s the play in full speed:

Newton actually played fairly well to that point, especially considering the supporting cast he had with Julian Edelman and N’Keal Harry injured. However, the fumble is all people are going to remember, and deservedly so.

Newton’s fumble wasn’t simply bad luck. He had a long run earlier in the drive, and he was carelessly carrying the ball and was fortunate not to fumble then. He needs to do a better job of focusing on ball security in a situation like that. A game-winning touchdown would have been nice, but the Patriots needed to make sure they at least had a shot at the field goal to tie.

While he completed just 15-of-25 passes for 174 yards, Newton avoided throwing an interception for the first time since Week 1. He also rushed for 54 yards and a touchdown and kept the Patriots in the game. Leading a game-winning or game-tying drive could have gone a long way toward building confidence for him and the entire team, which is why the fumble was so devastating.

Newton was benched in last week’s blowout loss to the San Francisco 49ers after a horrendous first half. There have been rumblings that it could happen again and be permanent, and Bill Belichick can’t be pleased with his costly turnover.

Report: Cam Newton’s starting job with Patriots not safe

Cam Newton

Cam Newton was benched after an abysmal first half in the New England Patriots’ loss to the San Francisco 49ers last week, and it is not out of the question that it will happen again on Sunday.

Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports that the Patriots could bench Newton during Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills if he continues with his recent trend of making mistakes. While Newton isn’t exactly down to his final strike, Glazer says the Patriots are “concerned about the number of errors he has had the last two weeks.”

“They understand because of COVID and he’s been out, they get it,” Glazer said. “But he needs to pull it together much faster if he wants to stay in there.”

The weather in Buffalo is going to be windy and rainy, and New England is without Julian Edelman this week because of a knee injury. That will make it even tougher on Newton, but he has played so poorly over the past two games that people are wondering if his shoulder could be injured.

Newton hasn’t had much to work with in terms of offensive weapons this season. Bill Belichick knows that, and the coach alluded to it when explaining why Newton has remained New England’s starter. That doesn’t mean Newton’s job is totally secure.