Patriots quarterback Cam Newton stated he’s excited to make his first look for the enduring NFL franchise, enjoying down any nerves forward of the showdown in opposition to the Dolphins.
Newton will debut for the Patriots on Sunday after signing a one-year deal following his launch from the Panthers in March.
The 2015 NFL MVP is filling the void left by Tom Brady in New England after the legendary quarterback’s transfer to the Buccaneers.
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Newton has been hindered by accidents in recent times, with the 31-year-old restricted to only two video games in 2019 following a Lisfranc fracture.
“Pleasure stage is on 1,000,” Newton, getting into his 10th NFL season, stated Thursday. “I am excited, blissful. Simply to get again into the rhythm of recreation week — the preparation, the little nuggets you can typically overlook.
“You need to bear in mind, I have been away from soccer, actually, for a full 12 months. I have never actually had this entire course of for a very long time now, so being round, taking notes, watching movie, discovering out about totally different gamers every day, locking in.
“[I’m] excited in regards to the recreation plan and extra enthusiastic about simply attempting to get in a routine with the novelty of the play-calling, the coaches and even the gamers.”
Requested if he nonetheless experiences nerves earlier than season openers, Newton joked: “I do not get butterflies. I give ’em.”
“I have been enjoying in a whole lot of video games in my life, a whole lot of opening days, to a whole lot of impactful, significant video games, and at this explicit level in my profession I understand how to regulate myself,” he stated.
Newton added: “Proper now, I am in a cheerful place, I really feel motivated, I really feel a whole lot of nice feelings which can be occurring and never hindering me from changing into my finest self.
“But by all of it, I prefer it most that I am only a piece to a puzzle. I do not wish to be the puzzle. I strive my finest day by day to show my price to this group and perceive there are a whole lot of guys right here who’re relying on one another, and I wish to be an individual the group and these coaches can belief and rely on.
“Two or three months in the past, I used to be questioning a whole lot of issues. Proper now, as I am wanting up at Gillette [Stadium] and the enduring emblem for the Patriots, like, ‘How can I lose?'”