Former Cam Newton teammate with New England ties explains why he believes QB will succeed with Patriots

Ryan Hannable
July 06, 2020 - 11:00 am
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Offensive lineman Marshall Newhouse has a pretty good perspective on Cam Newton's fit with the Patriots.

Newhouse spent time with the Patriots last season and also was Newton's teammate in Carolina during the 2018 season. He went on Sirius XM NFL's "Late Hits" show last week and discussed Newton as a teammate and also the fit in New England.

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"Some people who are just uncomfortable with a guy as strong in personality as Cam might see that as something that could cause friction, but people who are secure and understand what it takes to play in the NFL -- both Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels as a staff and Cam Newton as a guy who has matured and competed and grown so much over the years -- to those guys, none of this matters," he said, via ESPN's Mike Reiss. "When I was in Carolina, I was new, getting traded in the middle of the season, and my mornings started early, cramming the playbook. Lo and behold, Cam was there, hours before me, walking on the treadmill, studying his playbook. Same in the afternoon, with Luke Kuechly, studying, getting extra film work. So the work part is not a question. You can call it flamboyance, but he's just got a strong personality. He's a leader.

"But when has Bill Belichick ever shied away from that? We just assume they don't mesh with that kind of thing, but in reality, there are strong personalities all over the locker room. Everybody just knows their role. I think Cam will get there, and they'll kind of help him define what his role is, and he'll adapt to that. Them not being able to get along is just a fallacy, in my opinion."

As for what the Patriots offense will look like with Newton under center, Newhouse said it is anyone's guess.

"Not sure what that will look like yet. I guarantee you don't know, and we don't know," he said. "That's Bill's M.O. He does what he feels is best at every moment in time. [Try to find] a way to make the Cam Newton thing work, but I wouldn't shoo him in just yet, even though he's got the ability. It's all about health for him. They have a guy in Jarrett Stidham who I think they believe in. But he's young and unproven. So there's a lot of variables in play, with Cam not signing for what a normal quarterback of his caliber would get plays into that as well. [We're] all going to find this out after they kind of figure things out within themselves."

Newton and the Patriots are scheduled to open training camp later this month.

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