Cam Newton's former coach believes 'he's ready to bust out' in New England

Ryan Hannable
June 30, 2020 - 3:06 pm

A lot of people believe Cam Newton is in a good place with the Patriots.

One of them being his former coach Ron Rivera.

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Rivera coached Newton every year in Carolina and speaking on the McNeil & Parkins Show on 670 The Score Monday, he believes big things are ahead for his former QB in New England.

"He's headed in the right direction," Rivera said. "I mean, he's probably about as healthy as it gets from what I've seen on video. I think he's ready to bust out.

"I would never bet against the young man, that's for sure."

Newton's former coach believes he's over the shoulder and foot injuries that have held him back the last couple of years, which included him playing only two games a year ago.

"Don't bet against him," Rivera said. "I really wouldn't. First of all, you got to know who he is and understand what all he's gone through. He's a guy that's always tried to do things, I think, because he's felt the pressure. He felt the pressure of being the No. 1 overall pick. He felt the pressure of having won the Heisman Trophy and being the No. 1 overall pick. He felt the pressure of being a black quarterback, with all the stuff that's been heaped on him.  He's really had to find his way through it, and he's done a great job with it."

Newton will compete with second-year QB Jarrett Stidham for the starting job to replace Tom Brady.

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