Cam Newton opens up: 'These last two years, I haven’t been putting the best film on tape'

Ryan Hannable
July 15, 2020 - 9:14 am

New Patriots quarterback Cam Newton was part of a roundtable discussion on YouTube with Odell Beckham Jr., Todd Gurley and Victor Cruz to discuss the cornonavirus impact, Black Lives Matter movement, among other things.

The discussion lasted well over an hour, so there was a lot to pick through.

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The 31-year-old was honest about the last few injury-plagued seasons.

“I’ll be the first person to tell you, these last two years, I haven’t been putting the best film on tape. That’s just honest," he said.

This was likely part of the reason why Newton went unsigned from when he was released by Carolina in March all the way until July. 

“I said, ‘Man, they playing with me,’ and I had to count the days that I was unemployed,” Newton said. “It was 86 nights -- 86 nights. ... that’s like three months.”

As for the Patriots' interest, Newton was told earlier in the offseason they might be interested by his agent, which was a little bit of a surprise to him.

“I said, ‘Hold on, how's me and (Bill) Belichick going to mesh?’ You know what I’m saying? Because it's like ... perception," he said.

Newton officially signed with the Patriots last week on a one-year, incentive-laden deal worth up to $7.5 million.

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