It feels like yesterday when Cam Newton was a top five quarterback in the NFL, leading the Carolina Panthers to a Super Bowl, and dabbing on cornerbacks in the end zone after scoring a touchdown.
However, those days appear long gone, as Newton was released by the Panthers in 2019, and looked to revive his career with Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots.
That was not the case.
The once promising NFL QB had one of his worst seasons in the league last year, throwing for a lowly eight touchdowns to 10 interceptions.
Then comes in former Alabama quarterback Mac Jones.
The rookie quarterback who’s coming off a surprisingly great senior year at Alabama made a lot of noise in the pre-season for the Pats, and everybody was wondering if it was time for a fresh face to take over the team.
This is a bit of a shock, as Belichick seemed like the QB was a guaranteed starter for at least the season opener, but after Cam missed practice time due to COVID protocols, Mac Jones shined in practice.
This could be a Tom Brady like story, as both Brady and Jones were one year starters at their colleges, and neither were expected to make much noise in the NFL.
So, the question is, is Cam Newton’s career over? Will he be signed onto a team as a backup? I guess time will tell…
And by the way, the Chicago Bears could take a page out of the Belichick playbook.