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Ex-Panther claims Cam Newton to the Patriots “recipe for disaster” for rest of league

The New England Patriots’ acquisition of 2015 NFL MVP Cam Newton has certainly put the whole league on notice. Opposing players have continued to chime in since day one of the potential blockbuster pairing of Newton and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.

“What does he bring to the Patriots?” Ex-Panther and New York Jets G Greg Van Roten said on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

“It’s definitely terrifying to think if Cam Newton’s healthy and he’s in Belichick’s offense, you know, in my division, it could be a long year for the other teams, because he’s a game-changer. He came into the league, you know, he’s a league MVP, brought a team to the Super Bowl — he’s just built differently than a lot of quarterbacks. And he’s a headache to game plan for.

So when he’s healthy, you can stop the run from him, but then you gotta defend the pass. If you can stop the pass, well then you’ve got to account for the run. So, it’s basically, pick one thing and he’ll do the other. And then you couple him with Belichick, who only cares about winning and Cam really wants to prove himself, so it’s definitely a recipe for disaster for the rest of the league if they can figure it out.”

The 2011 first overall pick will be looking to take his talents and veteran experience to a Patriots side that won the Super Bowl LIII in 2019. His addition to the team will help the Patriots’ efforts to clinch the AFC East for the 12th straight season.