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Cam Newton hints his play hurt by after-effects of COVID-19

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As part of a recent media appearance, New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton admitted that his play has been affected by the after-effects of his bout with coronavirus earlier this season.

“Ever since coming back from corona, to be honest with you, I felt stagnant in my thought process,” Newton said, via WEEI.com and profootballtalk.com. “The play’s pre-snap production wasn’t happening fast enough for me in games. Did it happen in practice? Yeah. But still not fast enough. And even still now, I can get better. So each day, each week is an opportunity for me to really hone in on this offense and just do my job. That’s what it really boils down to.”

Newton tested positive for COVID-19 in early October. He missed some time in recovery, but he has since returned. However, his play has not been great. Two weeks ago, Cam and the Patriots struggled to squeak out a 30-27 victory over the lowly New York Jets. He completed 27 of his 35 passes for 274 yards but failed to produce a touchdown through the air.

In Sunday’s 23-17 victory over the Baltimore Ravens, Newton went 13-of-17 for a meager 118 yards and one touchdown. Though his total yards were low, this was a decent outing, and it could be seen as improvement. He completed 76 percent of his passes, ran one in for a score, and didn’t have any turnovers.

In his eight games played this season, Newton has completed 68.8 percent of his passes for 1,535 yards. He’s thrown three touchdowns to seven interceptions.

Hopefully, Newton will continue to find the right track, so to speak. The coronavirus is known to have lasting effects on some individuals. Cam is a fighter, and he’ll do everything in his power to beat these after-effects.