Bedard’s Breakdown: Who should be the happiest Patriot to see Cam Newton sign with New England?

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There is much we don't know about Cam Newton as he becomes a member of the Patriots.

Most of the questions revolve around his health. In the span of less than two years, Newton twice needed surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder. Was that just bad luck and he's beyond that, or is that a chronic issue that could crop up again?

Will the Lisfranc surgery he had last year (thanks to the sack by new teammate Adam Butler in the preseason) cause Newton to become less of a mobile quarterback?

So, yes, everything associated with Newton and the Patriots is predicated, first and foremost, on his health.

But given health, Newton should automatically improve — just by his presence — the Patriots' biggest weakness on offense in 2019: third-down passing. Specifically, third-and-medium (4-6 yards) passing. The Patriots posted some of their worst-ever numbers in both categories in 2019.

You can almost see Tom Brady tossing his helmet in frustration again.

Less than a month ago, we were asking the question about whether or not the Patriots had any chance of being better this season without Brady and with basically the same personnel? In my opinion, the Patriots needed big-time impact from, in order, rookie TE Devin Asiasi, WR Mohamed Sanu, WR N'Keal Harry and WR Damiere Byrd if there was any prayer of that happening. No, I wasn't all that optimistic. A lot of things needed to go right with an inexperienced quarterback for that to happen.

But with a healthy Newton here the equation has changed. Newton makes them automatically better. And the player who should be the most excited is Julian Edelman (maybe he is, judging by his Instagram post).


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