Foxboro, Massachusetts-Quarterback Canton Newton made a positive first impression of New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick.
Belichick said Friday morning: “Cam is a hardworking kid. He really is.” Since the official signing on July 8, Newton’s introduction to the Patriots system and his status as the main candidate to replace Tom Brady is one of the most compelling stories of the training camp. Several teammates have noticed the energy that 31-year-old Newton brings to the team.
Brian Hoyer competed with undrafted:
Belichick seems to be doing his best to ensure that he doesn’t just focus on Newton. Newton is playing with Jarrett Stidham, an 11-year-old veteran, in the fourth round of the 2019 draft. Brian Hoyer competed with undrafted free agent Brian Lewerke to start work. Whenever Belichick was asked about Newton, he would routinely mention other quarterbacks.
Belichick said: “I want to say that he works as hard as all our players.”
But Belichick pointed out that Friday’s reservation will be the team’s first full-speed, high-paced training camp, so “we will see everything by then.”
The team’s first full-time practice is scheduled for Monday.
Newton, who is 6 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 245 pounds, caught the attention of his teammates.
“He is a big man, that’s for sure-it’s just his physical condition,” said veteran Rex Burkhead. “He has always been an excellent player. He has versatile abilities-both ball control and passing ability. He has been able to achieve a high level for many years.
“He came in right away, lowered his head, trying to pick it up as quickly as possible. His first impact was huge. He just wanted to learn as much as possible and be consistent with the rest.”
Broadband receiver Damiere Byrd played for Newton, Carolina from 2016 to 2018, and signed with the Patriots in March, echoing these ideas. Byrd said: “I just think he is moving forward.” “He is trying to learn to attack, just like everyone else, is trying to learn the routine, and the current situation in this situation.