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By Matt Dolloff,

Cam Newton looks like he’s ready to prove some people wrong. As an Instagram video from March shows, the newly signed Patriots quarterback wants to get back at those that gave up on him.

Since the Carolina Panthers released Newton on March 24, and the video above (second clip in) is from March 25, when Newton says “They gave up on me” he was likely referring only to his former team. But now that he spent the ensuing three months continuing to work out and post plenty more motivational clips on Instagram, that resentment has likely spread to the rest of the NFL.

That is, except for Bill Belichick and the Patriots.

MIAMI, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 02: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots looks on prior to Super Bowl LIV between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Bill Belichick is bringing in a former MVP quarterback who appears highly motivated. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Newton has long been subject to criticism for the way he’s handled himself in press conferences and things of that nature. He hasn’t exactly handled losing well. But neither does Belichick, and Newton has never totally lacked competitiveness (despite that one ugly mistake we’ll have to hear about for a while). And these guys are now highly motivated to join forces and lay waste to everyone who hoped the Patriots were finally going away.

Of course the signing doesn’t guarantee anything. Newton has dealt with serious injuries in the past three years so he’s become something of a reclamation project. But peruse his Instagram for a few minutes and just try to say he’s completely washed. Because while the videos don’t necessarily mean they will translate to on-field success, it sure looks like Newton is damn close to the athletic freak he’s always been.

To borrow a line from Belichick, we’ll see how it goes. But if Newton stays healthy, he’s the best bet to win the starting job. And if that happens … there’s a chance the rest of the league done effed up letting him fall into Belichick’s lap.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at