A few years ago, Cam Newton was the starting QB for a playoff team. Six years ago, he was the NFL’s MVP and he led his team to a 15-1 record and a Super Bowl appearance. A lot has changed since then.
Newton got signed by the Patriots late last offseason, and wound up winning the starting QB job. To put it lightly, he was abysmal and it did not go very well.
And now with a few team’s short-handed at QB, the whispers are coming in. But heed this warning. Nobody needs to sign Cam.
He Wasn’t Effective Last Year
Cam started 15 games for New England last year, with the team going 7-8 in them. In all, he threw for 2,657 yards. He had eight TD passes to 10 INT’s, which is horrible to begin with. If you can’t get TD’s from the arm of your signal-caller, there is a serious problem.
Sure, he ran for 592 yards and 12 touchdowns. But, if he wasn’t leading a passing attack, nothing was going well. He flat out struggled to complete passes. Yes, he had very few guys to throw to. But, even so. Tom Brady made it work with no-name guys and had his team near Super Bowl status.
Newton did deal with COVID-19 during the season, but there is no excusing his performance. He is not a reliable passer, and if he was thrown into a situation now, he would not thrive at all.
Houston Should Stay Young
With Tyrod Taylor expected to miss several weeks for the Texans, they are immediately turning to third-round pick Davis Mills. He struggled a bit in the second half of the team’s game on Sunday against Cleveland, but it was also his first time facing an NFL defense.
They have Jeff Driskel as his backup, and that is just fine. The team now gets a very early opportunity to see what Mills can do. Plus, what would Cam even do for the team? The running attack has been week, and so adding Newton wouldn’t even produce any value.
The team already has one absentee QB (who should be cut at this point) making negative headlines. They do not need another one.
Washington is Fine, Too
The Washington Football Team lost Ryan Fitzpatrick very early in the season to a hip injury, and he is expected to miss 6-8 weeks. While he’s out, Taylor Heinicke is filling in, and is looking good so far. Right behind is Kyle Allen, the one who unseated Newton in Carolina a few years ago.
Sure, Allen might be better with the clipboard in his hand than the football. But, he’s won some games. He knows what it takes to win. He’s been around, and knows the system. The two of he and Heinicke are fine to hold the fort down.
Newton did play for Ron Rivera in Carolina, but that’s a moot point. They will be okay as is.
He Would Be More of a Distraction
Newton signing with a team would automatically make him a distraction. Less attention would be on the guys they have, and more would be about Cam and his fit.
That is a huge reason why Colin Kaepernick (unfairly) got blackballed by the league. Nobody wanted to bring him in because of what would happen within the media. And when Jacksonville tried to make Tim Tebow a tight end, look at the coverage it got. It was 100% negative.
Newton might still have some talent, but he’s better off sitting this year out. No team has the need for him, whether it be the two mentioned above or any other in the league.