NFL analysts don't see competition this summer between Cam Newton, Jarrett Stidham


When Cam Newton agreed to sign with the Patriots a few weeks ago, the thought was even though he has the edge over Jarrett Stidham, there would be a quarterback competition over the summer.

A few weeks later, that doesn't appear to be the case.

Former Patriots executive Mike Lombardi tweeted, "there is no doubt (Newton) will win the starting job."

And then NFL Media's Mike Giardi had similar thoughts when appearing on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria Thursday.

“I don't think it is a competition," he said. "The only way it is a competition is if Cam falls flat on his face. In which case, if Cam falls flat on his face, whether it’s because he’s washed, or he just hasn’t recovered from the injury, then I don’t even think he’s going to be here. So, I think it is his job — his job to lose.

“… He is one of those guys who people just look at. He is going to own that room when he walks into it because of who he is, his personality, because of his resume, and I think that’s just a lot for Stidham to overcome.”

Newton signed a one-year, incentive-laden deal that is worth up to $7.5 million, which become official on Wednesday.

Joining Newton and Stidham in the quarterbacks room are veteran Brian Hoyer and undrafted rookies J'Mar Smith and Brian Lewerke.