How Julian Edelman welcomed Cam Newton to Patriots
Cam Newton is hoping to get his career back on track as he prepares for his first season with the New England Patriots.
But first, Newton will have to master the offensive playbook.
Patriots receiver Julian Edelman opened up about his first call with Newton, during which Cam openly indicated his confusion regarding New England’s playbook:
“We were both excited just to be on the phone with each other,” Newton told reporters Friday, per NBC Sports Boston. “Then all of a sudden he just said, ‘Hey, bro, this (expletive) is calculus.’ “He said it and it was just funny. From that whole 15-minute conversation, that’s the only thing that I just remembered: calculus.”
Fortunately for Newton, the veteran Edelman is quite familiar with Josh McDaniels’ offensive scheme.
Edelman has spent the entirety of his 10-year career with the Patriots, amassing 599 catches for 6,507 yards and 36 touchdowns. The numbers might actually do Edelman a disservice, however, as he has routinely battled through injury to be New England’s most productive player at the wide receiver spot.
Of course, all of Edelman’s success had come with Tom Brady under center. While Newton grapples with the playbook, Edelman might have an adjustment period of his own getting his timing down with Cam.
It is also possible McDaniels looks to exploit Newton’s mobility and add some wrinkles to the playbook. Perhaps Edelman will even throw a touchdown pass to Cam this season, given his success running end-rounds and wide receiver passes.
One thing is clear: Edelman will need to be a reliable anchor for Newton in the passing game after the Pats essentially made zero upgrades to the receiving corps in the offseason.