Cam Newton makes bold claim about replacing Tom Brady with New England
The 31-year-old signed with New England Patriots late last month, meaning he will be attempting to follow in the footsteps of Tom Brady.
But Newton is confident he can get the job done and will be playing with an edge:
“You know who [you’re] coming after? I’m like, yeah, great. What he was, what he is, is great, needs no even talking about it,” Newton said during a YouTube roundtable discussion with Odell Beckham Jr. (via Mike Reiss of ESPN.com). “But one thing about it, though: Coach [Josh] McDaniels, you’re able to call some stuff that you ain’t ever been able to call now. You’re getting a dog. You’re getting one of these ticked-off dogs too. And I’m looking at the schedule and I’m like, ‘Who we’re playing? That team passed on me! Okay, that team passed on me. They could’ve came and got me.'”
Newton was released by the Carolina Panthers in late March after spending the first nine years of his career there.
The College Park, Ga. native, who played his collegiate football at Auburn, was originally selected by the Panthers with the first overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft.
New England’s new QB made three trips to the Pro Bowl during his time in Carolina, with his best season coming in 2015 when he won the MVP award and led the Panthers to a Super Bowl appearance.
Since then, however, Newton has been on a steady decline and has dealt with various injuries. In addition to the pair of shoulder surgeries he has undergone since the end of 2016, Newton also had a procedure on his foot earlier this offseason to repair an issue that limited him to just two games this past year.
He’ll be looking to bounce back in a big way, with the spotlight on him with the Patriots.