Former NFL coach believes Patriots could cut Cam Newton before Week 1
Not only did Mangini say Cam might not be the starter in Week 1, but he also feels the Patriots could cut Newton before the season begins.
"There's absolutely a chance Cam Newton doesn't start Week 1. There's a chance that Cam Newton isn't on the roster Week 1." — Eric Mangini pic.twitter.com/rp4TjchNP5
— First Things First (@FTFonFS1) July 8, 2020
Mangini seemed to point to health concerns while also noting Newton will have to align with the “Patriot Way.”
But Newton already understands he assumes all the risk. He has been working throughout the offseason, showcasing his physical condition and repeatedly voicing his desire to prove doubters wrong.
Additionally, playing in accordance with the “Patriot Way” should not be an issue. Head coach Bill Belichick has repeatedly praised Newton’s abilities, and the Pats would not have signed him without the understanding Newton would have to compete for the starting job.
Newton offers offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels all sorts of options. He is far more mobile than Tom Brady, and excels running run-pass options.
The Patriots have the kind of personnel to make these schemes successful, particularly given James White’s prowess as a receiver coming out of the backfield. Plus, Newton’s ability to scramble away from pressure takes some of the onus off New England’s offensive line to keep an immaculately clean pocket.
Of course, a physical setback during training camp would be a major detriment to Newton’s chances of making an impact.
But if the 2015 NFL MVP is feeling healthy, he is unquestionably the most talented player in the quarterback room, and likely the favorite to win the starting job.