It goes without saying the success of the New England Patriots this upcoming season will ride on the shoulders of Cam Newton, who will be looking to rebound from a forgettable debut season with the NFL’s most decorated franchise.
Though it certainly wasn’t all his fault, Newton finished near the bottom of the league in passing yards per game (177.1), passing touchdowns (eight) and passer rating (82.9).
He also tossed the fifth-most interceptions (10) of any quarterback in the NFL.
That lackluster showing saw Newton benched on a handful of occasions, though Bill Belichick never actually stripped him of the starting job.
However, following the Patriots selection of Mac Jones in the first round, Newton’s job security might not be as guaranteed this time around.
It would appear that Newton is fully aware of this, because the former MVP took to Instagram with a motivational post that will surely hype up fans. After all, training camp is just a couple weeks away and Newton was joined by pass catchers Jakobi Meyers and Jonnu Smith.
Patriots fans will love Cam Newton’s latest string of Instagram posts.
Newton is obviously no stranger to posting workout videos on Instagram, but this one has a different feel in that Meyers and Smith joined him for the session.
On a quick side note, it’s awesome to see Smith back on the field with seemingly zero limitations. Patriots fans will recall him limping off the field at minicamp a few weeks back, so him being in attendance at this undisclosed location suggests he’ll be a full go for training camp.
Getting back to the matter at hand, this is exactly the response Patriots fans would’ve hoped to see from Newton amid reports that New England will embrace a legitimate competition for the starting quarterback job at training camp.
In all honesty, Newton doesn’t have to search far and wide for motivation, as his name is very much a polarizing topic of conversation on Patriots Twitter. Still, it’s encouraging to know the 32-year-old star is prepared to fight tooth and tail to retain his job.
If Newton’s teaser hype video didn’t have Patriots fans ready to run through a brick wall, this follow-up clip of him connecting with Meyers on a pass will surely do the trick.
That caption suggests Newton is taking all the Jones hype personally. Ever since the Alabama product was drafted by the Patriots, the entire conversation shifted to when he’ll eventually supplant Newton as the starter, whether it be this season or next.
Whatever ends up happening, these Instagram posts proved Newton is taking all the rumors in stride and is almost embracing being challenged for the starting job. What more could fans possibly ask for from the former No. 1 overall pick?