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Cam Newton still intends to start quarterback in Week 1.
Newton was the favorite to win the job by entering the camp as he battled rookie Daniel Jones. As talented as the Patriots think Jones will eventually be, he still has a lot to learn before Bill Belichick is ready to give him full-time reign.
Veteran QB posted a cryptic Instagram with the photo “QB1”, which would very heavily mean he won the job.
So is the game over?
Not so fast. Until the words come out of Belichick’s mouth, I do not believe he would let Newton himself announce the news. It’s, uh, the opposite of Patriot Way.
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Newton is the more seasoned starter and – as the trend in the NFL has always been – should probably get the nod to start the year.
If he fights the same way he did last year, then Jones will be ready to lead with perhaps a more stable hand. But for now, Newton allows Belichick to avoid throwing his rookie into the fire and destroying his confidence just outside the bat.
Rookie quarterbacks are fragile creatures. Cam, meanwhile, can take the heat.