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FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - AUGUST 17: Cam Newton #1 of the New England Patriots looks to pass during training camp at Gillette Stadium on August 17, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Steven Senne-Pool/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff,

Based on the tweets coming out of Patriots training camp on Sunday, Cam Newton has taken a step toward seizing the starting quarterback job.

Probably the least surprising news of the day. But we had yet to really see it. Now, it sounds like reporters in attendance were treated to The Cam Newton Show™ on Sunday in Foxboro. Jarrett Stidham mostly watched as he continues to nurse an apparent injury, while Brian Hoyer ceded the majority of the reps to Newton.

Here’s a sampling of what reporters saw from Newton on Sunday…

Cam Newton essentially had double the reps of Brian Hoyer in competitive drills. Newton went 20-for-27 in 11-on-11, and 8-for-12 in 7-on-7.

Newton made a throw over the middle to rookie tight end Devin Asiasi that caught people’s attention.

Newton completed his first seven passes in a row in 7-on-7.

Newton and Julian Edelman appear to be growing their chemistry together, based on Sunday’s reps.

Newton is working hard on his handshake game.

Cam Newton Highlights

More Training Camp Notes…

— Absent: RB J.J. Taylor, TE Jake Burt, RB James White, CB Michael Jackson, WR Jeff Thomas, CB Stephon Gilmore, RB Sony Michel, RB Lamar Miller, DT Beau Allen, DL Tashawn Bower, S Adrian Phillips.

Adrian Phillips briefly appeared at practice without participating.

— Tight end Ryan Izzo made a notable catch in the back of the end zone on a throw from Newton.

— Rookie safety Kyle Dugger was limited.

— Second-year running back Damien Harris stood out on Sunday, and it’s not the first time he’s done that in this year’s camp.

— Rookie kicker Justin Rohrwasser returned to participation in practice. He went 2-for-4 kicking at the “skinny” uprights. Per ESPN’s Mike Reiss, he did not appeared limited by a reported injury but was nonetheless erratic kicking the ball.

— Rookie-on-rookie crime: seventh-round linebacker Cassh Maluia forced a fumble on third-round tight end Devin Asiasi, forcing the latter to run a lap for his error.

— Fourth-year edge rusher Deatrich Wise got into the backfield for two “sacks” during the final team period, and also had a sack earlier in practice, according to Jeff Howe.

We’ll keep curating the most notable reports from Patriots training camp as they come in. Be sure to keep checking back for all of our own original coverage here at

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