New England Patriots

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - SEPTEMBER 12: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers warms up before their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Bank of America Stadium on September 12, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

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New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton isn’t wasting any time getting to know his wide receivers.

Continuing his offseason training program in Los Angeles this week, and just a day after joining New England, Newton actually touched down and got together with the Patriots’ Mohamed Sanu Sr., as shared by SidelineHustle. (Sidenote: It’s seriously not often that somebody makes Sanu Sr., who stands at 6-foot-2, look like Danny Woodhead. But Newton did exactly that. )

A quarterback working with his wide receivers in June, and on a completely voluntary basis, is always going to be welcomed.

But when you consider what’s on the line for both Newton and Sanu Sr. in 2020, it’s even better.

After injuries tanked his stock in back-to-back seasons (and limited him to just two starts in 2019), Newton is joining the Patriots on a one-year deal to put himself back on the NFL map. He’s already made it known that he has a chip on his shoulder entering 2020, too, and his workout/hype videos have been absolutely off the charts thus far.

Sanu Sr., meanwhile, is looking to rebound from what was a disappointing 2019 finish that saw him hobbled by a bum ankle (which required offseason surgery) and ultimately phased out by Tom Brady.

Prior to that injury, which occurred in the Patriots’ Nov. 17 win over the Eagles, Sanu Sr. had totaled 45 catches (with a 73.8 percent catch rate), 417 touchdowns, and two touchdowns in nine games between Atlanta and New England. And like Newton, the 30-year-old has also shared some intense-looking workout videos this offseason.

Whether or not this translates to on-field success is an entirely different story, of course, but there’s something to be said for both guys knowing that there’s no sense in waiting ’til (an abbreviated) training camp to develop some chemistry.

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