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ESPN Daily: How Cam Newton Can Improve The Patriots

Former Panthers QB Cam Newton is signing with the New England Patriots. Yes, you continue to read that correctly. After a quiet offseason for New England, many believed the Pats were sticking by their QB, Jarrett Stidham, thus leaving the AFC East wide open. But now that Newton is en route to Foxborough, many factors point to this being a match made in football heaven. Bill Barnwell discusses Cam's strengths as a QB and what he'll bring to the Patriots' existing squad.

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Sources: QB Newton joins Patriots on 1-year deal

Former NFL MVP Cam Newton reached an agreement on a one-year, incentive-laden deal with the Patriots, league sources told ESPN's Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter. ‬

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Bill Belichick couldn't beat Cam Newton, going 0-2 vs. the former Panthers quarterback, so he signed him to a 1-year deal. Seems like a good match for both parties.

Adam Schefter ESPN Senior Writer 

Former NFL MVP Cam Newton has reached agreement on a one-year, incentive-laden deal with the New England Patriots, league sources tell Chris Mortenson and me. Newton now will step into the mix to try to help replace former Patriots' QB Tom Brady.

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Panthers coach Rhule considering taking a knee

Carolina Panthers coach Matt Rhule said he's considering kneeling alongside his players during the national anthem this season in support of the movement against racial injustice.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Rhule had a Hall of Fame cast speak to Carolina positon groups during offseason workouts. Brian Urlacher spoke to linebackers, Julius Peppers to defensive linemen, Ryan Clark to defensive backs and Joe Montana to quarterbacks. All virtually, of course.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Matt Rhule said he had an antibody test for COVID-19 as part of his routine physical and the result was negative. Also said he has a nice mask as the North Carolina governor mandated people must wear masks when going to public places.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Rhule calls the decision for the Panthers to move on from mental health clinician Tish Guerin a personnel decision. He did not speculate on how that role would be filled. Guerin was one of the first in-house hires of her positon in the NFL.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Matt Rule says neither he nor his staff plan to return to the stadium until players are allowed in. Again rookies tentatively are scheduled to report on July 21.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Rhule calls 30-year-old offensive coordinator Joe Brady a ‘'football grinder.'' Has nothing but good things to say about the NFL's youngest OC.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Rhule says he would consider ‘'anything'' to support his players in their protest of social injustice. He said this when asked if he would kneel next to players who choose to during the national anthem.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Rhule says tentatively Panthers' rookies are scheduled to show up for camp on 7-21 with vets scheduled for 7-28. He understands that could change but says having camp at the stadium will make for a controlled environment that will benefit social distancing.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Matt Rules opted not to comment on whether any players or staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.

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McCaffrey, Thompson partner to aid city's youth

Panthers All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey is partnering with linebacker Shaq Thompson in an effort to unite the Charlotte community through sports programs for underserved youth through the "22 Together" program.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Will Joe Brady give running back Christian McCaffrey more rest than he's gotten the past two seasons? Doesn't sound like it? “Christian had 429 touches this past year. That's a lot, obviously. But if there is one person that can take it . . . it's Christian McCaffrey. A lot of it will come down to the rest of the personnel on our team and figuring out how we can utilize. . . . But Christian will get his touches.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers OC Joe Brady says he's always been in the press box as a coach. He plans to discuss where he'll call plays further with coach Matt Rhule, but it sounds like he doesn't anticipate anything changing.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

One player Panthers OC Joe Brady can't wait to work with is wide receiver Curtis Samuel. “Curtis is a playmaker. He fits the mold of what we're looking for.''

Team Stats

Passing Yards228.120th
Rushing Yards113.714th
Points For21.320th
Points Against29.42nd

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