New England Patriots QB Cam Newton sees upcoming season as “pop or shut” time

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton admitted actions will be louder than words, saying Thursday that he views the 2021 season as a time to “put up or shut up.”

Newton, who said he would report for the training camp prior to the team’s first practice on July 28, was a guest on ESPN Radio’s Keyshawn, JWill & Zubin and noted that his 2020 performance “obviously not good enough “Was.

Expressing confidence that the 2021 season could be different, he told hosts Keyshawn Johnson that there is “a different boogie this season than last year”.

In April, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Newton, 32, is the team’s quarterback. Belichick also left open the possibility that Newton could face competition from others, especially Mac Jones, the first-round pick.

Newton has noted in the past how much he values ​​Belichick’s support and said on KJZ Thursday, “For me, the Patriots’ organization has been impeccable … my time was all I could have wished for. I think now is the time for me to thoroughly uphold my end of the bargain. “

Newton added that he should benefit from a full offseason in the team’s system.

“I don’t want to get so caught up in promises and the like, but I can guarantee you the comfort of knowing more has changed. And I think that’s added value in itself,” he said.

Newton got all of the top reps in spring training, but Jones got a lot of work too. Newton reiterated Thursday that he believes Jones was the right choice for the Patriots, adding, “He came into the locker room with a business approach, learned his teammates, and understood that ‘I got my skill level from college Level to ‘must raise the professional level.’ I am there for him and he is there for me. “

Newton told KJZ that he views everything as competition, and he stressed that everything he said in the interview pale in importance next to what lies ahead.

“I’m just being honest with you. It doesn’t matter that I have this conversation in July. This will only be the clickbait for the next 24 to 48 hours – ‘This is how Cam feels.’ But to be honest, nothing will matter until July 22nd [when he reports to the team],” he said.

“As the training camp progresses, everyone will start to see, ‘What’s the job that was put in? Was it in the playbook? Does he really understand? Is his consolation what he says? Is he in good shape?” Shoulder? Does his foot hold? “

“We play in a sport that is strictly based on the end product. And the end product is on match days. Apart from that, it will only depend on victory and defeat.”

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