Bill Belichick praises Cam Newton, but still says Patriots have QB competition


Over the last week or so, Cam Newton has seemed to have taken a step towards being the Patriots' Week 1 starter.

With Jarrett Stidham dealing with a reported hip injury, Newton has received more of the reps and has had some impressive practices. While it's clear he's still learning the offense, it would seem he's in a position to be under center when the Patriots host Miami Sept. 13.

But, while Bill Belichick praised Cam Newton during Monday's appearance on The Rich Eisen Show, he still said there's a quarterback competition.

“I have learned a lot about Cam," he said. "I had never really had any interaction with Cam, and then when we signed him, we had some phone calls and WebEx meetings and stuff like that. Being with him every day, he’s an extremely hard-working player. First guy in, last one out type of guy. He really has studied hard and he has spent a lot of extra time trying to learn our offense and our communication and our calls, (etc.). I have been very impressed with that. He’s done a good job of picking it up. He’s a very skilled athlete and we’re just working through it day-by-day.

"We have a long way to go, but we’re making steps and we have a very competitive competition at a very competitive position at the quarterback spot. It’s going to be interesting to see how everybody does.”

Everything points to Newton being the starter, but Belichick never likes to tip his hand on anything.

.@Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has been impressed with @CameronNewton thus far:#NFL #Patriots

— Rich Eisen Show (@RichEisenShow) August 24, 2020