The mud settled on the Patriots quarterback battle this week and — as anticipated — it was Cam Newton who was the final man standing as Invoice Belichick reportedly knowledgeable the membership that he can be QB1 when New England kicks off the 2020 common season in opposition to Miami on Sept. 13. Whereas many people noticed the writing on the wall quite early that Newton would ultimately be named the starter, it is notable that the previous league MVP was additionally voted as a group captain by his friends. That could be a true testomony to how not solely has Newton been in a position to exhibit his expertise to earn the beginning gig, but in addition has swiftly established himself as a pacesetter in Foxborough because the membership is about to enter the post-Tom Brady period. 

“It says so much,” Julian Edelman informed WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Present” this week when requested about Newton being named the starter and a group captain. “He got here in with an power. He got here in with a function and he got here in as a pure chief. That’s what you need to see at that place. It’s a type of issues the place you are excited for it as a result of now we are able to get it going. We’ll see how every part shakes out and we’re excited. Simply worrying in regards to the season arising and preparing for this prep on Miami.” 

Newton’s infectious power has been one thing that is been introduced up by numerous gamers and coaches all through the summer season, and it has clearly endeared himself to the remainder of the locker room. 

“He’s a man that every day comes with a lot power,” Devin McCourty additionally informed this system. “He brings juice to apply and positively to the offense for him, whether or not it’s speaking trash to us (the protection), or celebrating every time he or one of many different guys on offense makes a play. I feel he is actually introduced a whole lot of juice to the offense, even our group simply how he’s as an individual and his character.

“It has been nice to have him within the locker room and we’re trying ahead to going on the market taking up completely different challenges and leaning on his management.”

Whereas Invoice Belichick did not publicly acknowledge Newton because the Week 1 starter, the quarterback did open up about each accolades saying it was onerous to place into phrases. In fact, this was simply the beginning for Newton’s comeback journey as he correctly famous “now the true work sort of begins for me” with Week 1 formally upon us. 

Listed below are among the remainder of the information and notes from Foxborough within the final week:

Patriots title captains

Together with Newton, the Patriots introduced seven extra gamers as group captains for the 2020 season. Particular groups ace Matthew Slater, heart David Andrews, operating again James White, linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley, defensive deal with Lawrence Man, security Devin McCourty and nook Jason McCourty have been all voted by the remainder of the roster to steer the group all through this season. 

For Slater and Devin McCourty, that is the tenth straight season they have been named group captains. Jason McCourty, Bentley, and Man are all first-time captains. 

Kicking scenario large query after cutdown day

The most important nugget that got here out of cutdown day for the Patriots because the membership trimmed its roster all the way down to 53 gamers was the kicking scenario. Not solely did New England lower rookie Justin Rohrwasser however it additionally let go of veteran Nick Folks, leaving no kickers on the roster to start the 12 months. This was probably a formality and it is probably that Folks, who not too long ago re-signed with the membership after spending time with the Patriots in 2019, will discover his manner again to start the season. That mentioned, this can be a tough search for the group after spending a fifth-round choice on Rohrwasser on the 2020 NFL Draft. He has since re-signed to the apply squad, however to date that decide seems to have been a whiff as he is been unable to solidify himself because the placekicker. Whereas fifth-round draft decisions are hardly the treasure that first-rounders or Day 2 alternatives are, this is not a super scenario for New England after letting longtime kicker Stephen Gostkowski go earlier this offseason. 

So lengthy, Mohamed Sanu

This wasn’t the very best week for Invoice Belichick because the Patriots GM. Not solely does the Rohrwasser decide seem like a bust earlier than he even actually noticed the sector, however the membership launched veteran receiver Mohamed Sanu earlier this week. That call notably stung after New England traded a second-rounder for Sanu’s providers within the midst of final season. 

Upon buying Sanu in 2019, he struggled to contribute within the passing recreation after struggling an ankle harm across the time of his arrival that required offseason surgical procedure. Quick-forward this summer season: the 31-year-old struggled with separation and it proved to be extra useful for the membership to clear $6.5 million off their cap by releasing him. In his eight regular-season video games with the Patriots, Sanu caught 26 passes for 207 yards and a landing. Not precisely what you anticipate after transport away a second-rounder. 

“Simply a type of issues that did not work out,” Invoice Belichick mentioned Friday on Sanu’s launch. “I’ve a whole lot of respect for Mo, however finally issues simply did not work out. I feel he tried very onerous, I feel we tried onerous. I do not suppose it was anyone’s fault or something like that. It was simply a type of conditions that simply did not work out in addition to everybody hoped it could have when the transaction was made. As at all times, we are going to attempt to make the choices which might be greatest for the soccer group, whether or not that is bringing an individual in or releasing a participant. Clearly it will possibly go each methods. At this cut-off date, we felt like that is greatest for the group. Final 12 months we felt otherwise. We’re in a little bit completely different scenario this 12 months.”

From right here, the Patriots receiving unit will lean closely on Julian Edelman and 2019 first-round draft selection N’Keal Harry. Jakobi Meyers, Gunner Olszewski and Damiere Byrd will issue into the passing recreation as properly after making the opening 53-man roster. 

Window open for Michel due to Harris’ harm

For the majority of the summer season, it was the Damien Harris present in Foxborough. The second-year again had acquired rave critiques and was take a look at as a real contender to grab the beginning spot within the backfield over incumbent Sony Michel, who was nonetheless recovering from offseason foot surgical procedure. Nicely, the harm bug has now bit Harris, who wants surgical procedure on his pinky finger, placing his standing for the opener into query. 

If Harris does miss time, the door is now open for Michel to re-solidify himself as the highest canine in New England’s backfield. Patriots operating backs coach Ivan Fears informed reporters this week that the previous first-round again did placed on a little bit of weight following his surgical procedure this offseason, one thing that he is wanted to trim over the previous couple of months. Outdoors of that, Fears says that Michel is trying spry. 

“He is obtained recent legs,” he mentioned of Michel. “We have now to beat on him a little bit bit extra first, after which we’ll see what he has going. He is coming again off after lacking the primary two-and-a-half, three weeks of coaching camp. Hell yeah, he’ll be recent and fast. His weight is nice, little question. We have labored onerous on that. He appears to be like good. He does not present any indicators of slowing down from the harm, something alongside these traces.”

Michel had down 12 months in his second season within the league in 2019 and this marketing campaign can be a pivotal one for his future in Foxborough as Harris is respiration down his neck. This window of Harris doubtlessly lacking time, nonetheless, may very well be the showcase that Michel must re-establish himself. 

David Andrews wins group service award

Beginning heart David Andrews was this 12 months’s Ron Burton Group Service Award recipient on the Patriots Premiere that was held nearly on Thursday. This award has been dubbed because the group’s highest honor and is given to the Patriots participant that has given again to the group over the previous 12 months. Andrews is the 18th recipient of this award, which is known as after Ron Burton, who was the primary participant drafted by the group within the inaugural 12 months of 1960 and somebody who exemplified super generosity in the direction of the group over his tenure. 

“David embodies every part the Patriots group is about: dedication, dedication and a team-first angle, on and off the sector,” mentioned Patriots proprietor Robert Kraft. “He assaults his dedication to the group with the identical ardour and power that has helped this former rookie free agent develop right into a four-time group captain. He’s as devoted to serving others, each his teammates and the group, as any participant we’ve had. Management is greatest exemplified in instances of adversity, and David’s dedication to serving to others was on full show final 12 months. Regardless of lacking the season for well being causes, David nonetheless volunteered his time to serve and help our group. We’re so pleased with David for all he is achieved, however most significantly, for who he’s.” 

Andrews missed all of final season after blood clots have been present in his lungs. The 28-year-old has since recovered and is cleared to return as a key determine in New England’s offensive line.

Why Belichick did these Subway commercials

One of many extra lighthearted nuggets that got here out of Foxborough this week was the debut of head coach Invoice Belichick’s Subway commercials. He generated headlines filming the advertisements in Connecticut earlier this offseason, however now they’ve arrived and they’re fairly spectacular. 

What’s arguably even higher than these commercials, nonetheless, is why Invoice Belichick — who not often steps into a majority of these circles — determined to do it within the first place. He mentioned again in late July when pictures first leaked of him filming the commercials that he determined to do it to assist fund the Invoice Belichick Basis throughout this unprecedented time. 

“I have never ever finished something like that,” he mentioned again in July. “I feel we talked about it on the BBF [Bill Belichick Foundation] web site, however it’s sort of a troublesome setting to boost funds now for charities, foundations and so forth for numerous causes. This is a chance to spend a day to have the ability to fund the initiatives that we’ve within the basis for student-athletes and the assorted sports activities applications which might be, I might say, in a little bit harder form than perhaps what they usually are financially from a chance standpoint. 

“Recognize the chance that Subway gave me, gave the muse and the help that they gave us. Yeah, it was a enjoyable industrial to do. And everyone loves sandwiches, so hopefully they are going to be OK with it. I do know I’ll get killed within the rookie exhibits on this. I do know that is going to occur, however I will simply should swallow it.”

Oh, I am positive Belichick was the butt of numerous jokes in New England’s locker room all week. 

All eyes on Week 1 

As loopy as it might sound: It is recreation week in Foxborough! The Patriots will open up their 2020 common season by internet hosting the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium on Sunday. There can be numerous acquainted faces on the opposing sideline, notably linebackers Kyle Van Noy and Elandon Roberts together with Ted Karras, who all signed with Brian Flores’ Dolphins this offseason after tenures with the Patriots.

In fact, no followers can be in attendance for this recreation because of the COVID-19 pandemic, however you will nonetheless be capable of watch on CBS at 1 p.m. ET. Jim Nantz can be on the decision alongside Tony Romo as the colour analyst. Tracy Wolfson would be the sideline reporter. 

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