Cam Newton still very much intends on starting at quarterback come Week 1.
Newton was the favorite to win the job entering camp, as he was battling rookie Daniel Jones. As talented as the Patriots believe Jones will eventually be, he still has a lot to learn before Bill Belichick is ready to give him the reigns full-time.
The veteran QB posted a cryptic Instagram with the image “QB1”, which would very heavily imply that he won the job.
So, game over?
Not so fast. Until the words come out of Belichick’s mouth, I’m not one to believe he’d let Newton himself announce the news. That’s, uh, the opposite of the Patriot Way.
New England Patriots: Is Cam Newton the better option at quarterback?
Newton is the more seasoned starter and — as is the trend in the NFL since always — should probably get the nod to begin the year.
If he struggles in similar fashion as he did last year, then Jones will be ready to lead with perhaps a more steady hand. But, for now, Newton allows Belichick to avoid throwing his rookie into the fire and ruining his confidence right off the bat.
Rookie quarterbacks are fragile creatures. Cam, meanwhile, can take the heat.