Cam Newton isn't Tom Brady. He isn't Jarrett Stidham. And he isn't Brian Hoyer.
Whether it's the way he plays, the 31-year-old's outgoing personality, his previous accomplishments or the always-talked-about postgame attire, Newton is unique unto himself. According to Patriots defensive backs Devin and Jason McCourty that will be just fine.
Appearing on the "Double Coverage Podcast," the twin brothers explained why the culture in the Patriots' locker room is one that will be a good fit for Newton, who has agreed to a one-year deal with New England.
"I always remember Bill (Belichick) saying this every year: ‘Your role will be decided by you.’ I don’t think he will have a role coming in other than just being himself," Devin explained. "Obviously he has won MVP. He has been to the Super Bowl. With that, he will come with life experience, NFL experience. But I think everyone, not just in the quarterback room, but everyone on the team can benefit from him and I think that comes from him just being who he is. But as far as the role in the offense, I think that will be dictated by his play, but the offense’s play. How that works out, no one knows that right now. I think that will all be decided once training camp starts and once we get out there. I think one of the things he will be able to bring just being himself.
"From the outside looking in people are always like, ‘This guy ….’ - we spoke about this weeks ago on the podcast when it first was like Patriots are signing him. Guys come to our team and they are who they are. Martellus Bennett has one of the biggest personalities you ever have on a guy and he fit in on our team better than anybody. … I think the big thing for us as veteran guys, guys who are on the team, encourage him, the Adrian Phillips, the Codys (Cody Davis), down the list of guys, the (Dan) Vitates, all the new guys that came to just be themselves. That helps our team more than anything."