FOXBOROUGH — Cam Newton was outstanding in his Patriots debut.
The QB was 15-for-19 passing with 155 yards, while adding 75 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries in the 21-11 win over the Dolphins. It was a new-look Patriots offense with a lot of misdirection and run-pass option plays designed specifically for Newton.
Newton seems to have a ton of support from his teammates, as plenty of them raved about him after the game.
Here’s a quick sampling.
David Andrews: “It’s been so much fun getting to work with this guy. He’s a great professional. He’s a smart football player and he’s crazy talented. It’s crazy to see someone that talented do some of the things he does. He’s a great leader and he’s a good teammate. You’ve got to root for a guy like that. That was pretty cool. That was pretty fun.”
Julian Edelman: “It was awesome. We went out there and battled and got a dub [win]. He made some big plays and it was cool to witness that on his side. We've been on the other side, and I think he's beat us both times we went out there and played. He's a stud and he brings an energy, he's fun to play with. I'm looking forward to compounding and building off this and fixing the things that we didn't necessarily do well and adding to the things that we did do well and keeping it going. It was fun to finally get out there and play with him, along with all the other new teammates. Little J.J. [Taylor] out there making plays, N'Keal [Harry] made some plays, DB [Damiere Byrd]'s out there. It was good to go out there and see what the 2020 team's about. We didn't get to see that necessarily in our preseason against other people. It was definitely fun and it's something we can build off of.”
James White: “I mean that is what he has done his whole career, so I expect nothing less. He is a big physical guy and when the ball is in his hands, he is physical and is able to get a lot of yards out of it so that is a bonus for us.”
Bill Belichick: “Cam's been great for us. I didn't see the play you're referring to, but he's a very, very unselfish player. He's a great teammate. He's earned everybody's respect, really, daily. He just continues to do everything that he can to help our team and that's really all you can ask from anyone and he continually does that, puts himself last and puts the team first. So, I think he's done a tremendous job there and I thought he played well today. He hit a lot of passes. He ran the ball well. He led the team. He made some good checks and adjustments, so I thought that he did a good job. There's room for improvement from all of us, so I'm not saying it was the best executed game in the history of football, but we did some good things today in all three phases of the game. We're proud of that and we'll go back and work on the things that we need to do to get better, but I thought he did a good job for us.”