New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton has certainly seen better days compared to his 2020 campaign. Despite his woes on the field, the former Auburn standout still wants to prove many people wrong and isn’t anywhere near to hanging his cleats just yet.
“Listen, I am not there. One of my goals this year, for what’s worth, was just to finish the year healthy. This year God has granted and gave me the opportunity to have a healthy season,” Newton said, via Ryan Hannable of WEEI. “I still have a lot of football left and the urge to be better. After putting out this film? I can’t go out like this.”
The team’s Week 15 tilt against division rival Miami Dolphins was the latest straw in the Patriots’ long list of struggles this season. Newton was only limited to tallies of 209 passing yards on 17-of-27 passes completed without a touchdown scored. He was also dealt three sacks by the Dolphins’ defensive line en route to the 22-12 loss.
The Patriots most recent defeat at the hands of the Dolphins officially put them out of the playoff race for the first time in 12 seasons with a 6-8 record and third in the AFC East. Their lack of wins this season also gave up their divisional title to the Buffalo Bills after an 11-year long reign as the division leader.
Being able to find a new team and managing to stay healthy for the most part of this season has been a huge accomplishment for Newton who was once regarded as one of the best players in the league. Despite seeing significant success by garnering three trips to the Pro Bowl and the 2015 NFL MVP honors, Cam Newton knows that he can still pen a better ending to his career as he remains to look forward to playing on the gridiron in the years to come.