Cam Newton to the Patriots should worry the Bills

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We've heard all offseason, even from Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane, that the New England Patriots should still be the favorite to win the AFC East in 2020.

Fans have been so battered and beaten by the Patriots over the last two decades that despite New England losing future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady, seemingly ready to start an unknown 2019 fourth round quarterback in Jarrett Stidham and losing multiple core defensive pieces like linebackers Kyle Van Noy and Jamie Collins, many believed the Patriots were still going to be a problem in 2020.

Even for Bill Belichick, arguably the best head coach (and defensive mind) of all-time, elevating such an untalented roster like the one he has in 2020 by himself was going to be a tough ask.

Then on Sunday, he signed Cam Newton and suddenly everything changed. 

This should make many people nervous. Newton under center makes all that talk about the Patriots not going away much more plausible for multiple reasons:

 

  • Premature to say Newton will never get back to pre-injury form

Don't let this confuse you. Newton's injuries over the last two years is a real question mark. For a quarterback that's strengths are throwing deep and running the football, having a serious shoulder and ankle injury in back-to-back seasons is no light matter. With that being said, to assume a 31-year-old quarterback will never fully get back to their pre-injury abilities is crazy. 

Maybe in the 1970s Newton's injuries would make sure he was never the same elite dual-threat of the past, but this is 2020 and Newton has had two years to recover from his shoulder injury, and a year to recover from the ankle. This is a player that has stayed healthy for the vast majority of his career. If these two injuries are in the rear-view mirror, we could be talking about the Patriots acquiring a top-10 quarterback in late-June. 

 

  • Newton will help elevate the lackluster Patriots roster

Belichick has won championships without elite players across the board in the past. However, the coaching job he would have had to pull off in 2020 to get this Patriots team to the playoffs, let alone beat out a loaded Buffalo Bills for the AFC East crown, would have been a difficult feat. 

Newton coming in to help with that task