Breaking down Cam Newton’s Patriots debut: Flashes of ‘Superman,’ however questions stay after win over Dolphins

Cam Newton did not make any true massive performs in his gritty profitable Patriots debut over the Dolphins. However simply trying wholesome and working successfully had been large in his first recreation changing Tom Brady as New England’s beginning quarterback.

Most necessary, Newton confirmed no indicators that his latest previous shoulder or foot accidents had been points. He additionally, as anticipated, gave the Patriots a component Brady by no means did — performing like an additional working again with a team-leading 75 yards and a couple of TDs on 15 makes an attempt.

These carries, together with a late kneeldown, matched his variety of cross completions (15 on 19 makes an attempt). He wanted to throw for less than 155 yards in a 21-11 win.

Newton did have just a few of his flashy “Superman” moments in celebration, however he did not attempt to do an excessive amount of. He stayed inside the Patriots’ offense, did not pressure the ball downfield and relied on his greatest offensive talent and blocking assist. With the Patriots’ protection dominating and taking the ball away from the Dolphins 3 times, Newton grow to be the last word caretaker along with his chain-moving working and quick passing.

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Contemplate the Patriots’ largest offensive achieve was Newton’s 25-yard cross to tight finish Ryan Izzo. Newton’s longest run was solely 12 yards.

New England held the ball for almost 35 minutes and Newton accomplished 78.9 % of his passes with a mighty 100.7 ranking. The Dolphins bought to him for 2 sacks, however the Patriots persistently bought constructive performs to maintain them on schedule, going 6 of 11 on third- and fourth-down conversion makes an attempt.

As a result of it is the Patriots, Newton’s efficiency is certain to be overblown for example of Invoice Belichick and Josh McDaniels being absolute geniuses for each signing him late and pondering he may match nicely within the offense.

However let’s additionally bear in mind this was the Dolphins, a rebuilding protection whose power is the secondary with high-priced cornerbacks Xavien Howard and Byron Jones. Miami has a weak entrance, making it not that shocking New England was in a position tor rush for 217 yards as a workforce, led by Newton.

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Newton will have to be able to do much more in Week 2, because the Patriots journey to face Russell Wilson and the Seahawks, who dropped 38 factors on the Falcons in Week 1. Seattle is a well-known NFC foe to Newton, and a a lot better all-around workforce than Miami.

Sadly for Newton, the Patriots’ confirmed their offensive weaknesses round him. They do not have a lot dependable within the passing recreation after Brady’s two former favourite targets, Julian Edelman and James White. They’re nonetheless searching for constant solutions from their conventional working recreation.

The Patriots had the right, reined-in gameplan for Newton to get his ft moist, principally counting on these ft. When Newton faces extra defensive resistance and has extra of an offensive burden, then that might be a real measure of what he can deliver to the Patriots for all of 2020.

To this point, so good for now for probably the most enigmatic quarterback of the season. A number of key questions had been answered immediately, however there’s nonetheless a lot of the Newton thriller but to be solved.

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