It was mostly a season to forget for the New England Patriots in 2020, and big-name free-agent signing Cam Newton failed to impress in his first season with the team. However, Newton's season was also disrupted early on by a battle with COVID-19 that sidelined him in Week 4 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Newton recently opened up about how dealing with the virus affected his play in 2020.
The Pats QB had the double whammy of not being truly integrated into the system yet and having to deal with COVID early in the season. It ended up hurting his performance as crucial time he could've spent learning New England's scheme was taken away during his quarantine.
“When I came back, that’s where the lack of an offseason and the lack of time in the system really showed itself. I was behind and I was thinking too much."- Cam Newton
Newton had his best passing game of the season pre-COVID in Week 2 against the Seattle Seahawks, completing 30 of 44 passes for 397 yards and 1 touchdown, adding another 2 scores on the ground and 47 rushing yards. He only cracked 300-plus yards once post-COVID, in Week 10.
Obviously, the Patriots' injury struggles and lacking skill position players played a role in Newton not having a standout season, but it's clear the QB's battle with the virus had a major impact. It remains to be seen if he'll be back in New England for 2021.
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