Patriots’ Cam Newton’s response to criticism from anonymous NFL coach
New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton is not concerned with his critics.
After an anonymous NFL coach said last month Newton might not be the same kind of athlete after switching to a vegan diet, Newton said he has no time for anonymous sources.
The former MVP addressed a number of topics during his first virtual press conference with the team, including the comments of the aforementioned coach (transcription via Brian Mazique of Heavy.com):
“I don’t talk to anonymous people. I speak with real people. So as long as this comes from someone anonymous, we’ll leave it at that.”
Newton has had the “hater blockers” on throughout the offseason.
Cam had a tumultuous spring in which he was released by the Carolina Panthers after the team failed to find a trade partner.
Injury concerns, paired with the fact Newton wanted to remain a starter, seemed to inhibit any team from giving him a contract.
The Patriots had been linked to Newton after he was first released, though it seemed they were content starting the season with either Brian Hoyer or Jarrett Stidham under center. But the Pats made a last-ditch effort to sign Cam, and now Newton is the presumptive starter in Foxbourough.
New England is preparing for life without Tom Brady, and Cam might be able to offer an entirely new look as a mobile quarterback who can make plays outside the pocket.
Some coaches might feel Newton has lost a step in terms of athleticism, but it seems likely the Pats will look to exploit Cam’s skill set as they hope to maintain a stranglehold over the AFC East.