December 4, 2023

Patriots

“I feed off of the vitality of individuals.”

Cam Newton was impressed with Mac Jones’ play on Sunday in opposition to the Payments. John Tlumacki / The Boston Globe

Cam Newton solely spent one full season in Foxborough, with the veteran QB and former NFL MVP handed the unenviable process of changing Tom Brady as quarterback throughout the COVID-impacted 2020 marketing campaign.

Throughout his 15 video games, Newton threw for eight touchdowns, 10 interceptions and a pair of,657 passing yards whereas additionally dashing for 592 touchdowns and 12 scores.

New England re-signed him to a one-year deal in 2021, however the sign caller was supplanted by Mac Jones because the staff’s QB1 and was launched throughout closing roster cuts in late August.

It was a comparatively unremarkable run for Newton with the Patriots, who was given the reins to a New England offense throughout a 12 months the place the continuing pandemic prevented followers from attending video games at Gillette Stadium.

Chatting with former Patriots wideout Jakobi Meyers on the newest episode of his “4th & 1” Youtube sequence, Newton acknowledged that his best remorse throughout his time in New England was not having the ability to play in a packed home in Foxborough. 

“My greatest remorse from New England is the truth that I didn’t play in entrance of the followers,” Newton mentioned. “As a result of me being me, I feed off of the vitality of individuals, whether or not it’s a ‘boo!’, whether or not it’s a ‘ooh’, whether or not it’s a ‘ahh!’ or a ‘nahh!’

“I feed off of that and I take advantage of that. And after we was in [those] doggone stadiums and it was empty, they was pumping crowd noise, I’m like, ‘Man, this (expletive) is weak.’”

Newton, who additionally mentioned Meyers’ personal path by the NFL throughout “4th & 1”, additionally tipped his cap to Mac Jones after the Patriots QB led New England on a game-winning drive within the fourth quarter en path to a 29-25 upset win over the Payments final Sunday.

Jones accomplished 25 of his 30 go makes an attempt for 272 yards whereas throwing for 2 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. 

“For the primary time this 12 months, I actually noticed feelings out of Mac Jones,” Newton mentioned. “That competitiveness. He was making big-time throws, taking part in with confidence. Even in murky, soiled pockets, he was nonetheless making performs — like Mac Jones can.”