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Bedard: Patriots could be facing a tough slate if they feature QB-led rushing attack

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(Adam Richins for BSJ)

There are a lot of unknowns about the Patriots and the 2020 season (starting with whether there will be a season), especially on offense. We don't know who the starting quarterback is going to be. We don't know how the offense is going to look, depending on said starting quarterback.

But it's safe to say the odds are good that Cam Newton is the Patriots' starting quarterback to succeed Tom Brady. And if that happens, the offense will definitely look different.

If Newton is the starter, then the offense will match his strengths. That means, there will be a healthy blend of traditional runs from the tailback, a pocket passing game, but also more zone-reads, read-options and a mobile passing game.

You don't enter a Ferrari in a truck race, and vice versa. A player like Newton is his best version when he can use his multiple skills — throwing, running and improvisation — every game.

And the Patriots' offense will likely reflect that.

So how would that Patriots' offense, which will look more like the Ravens with Lamar Jackson than the one used by Brady for 20 years, fare against this year's schedule?

Actually, the Patriots' 2020 schedule looks fairly formidable when it comes to defending a multiple offense.

Why? It starts with scheme ... and speed.