New England Patriots

New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) holds the ball during an NFL football training camp practice, Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, Pool)

By Alex Barth,

Number one is now officially QB1 for the New England Patriots.

According to the Boston Globe’s Jim McBride, Cam Newton was named the Patriots starting quarterback by Bill Belichick during a team meeting on Thursday. In addition to winning the starting job, Newton was also named a team captain, according to multiple reports.

While the news doesn’t come as much of a surprise, Belichick and the Patriots had been hesitant to say anything publicly about who would be under center week one. However, after Jarrett Stidham’s slow start to camp was followed by an injury, many expected this outcome.

Newton signed with the Patriots back in July after sitting on the open market for four months. The 2015 NFL MVP was released by the Carolina Panthers in March.

The first overall pick in 2011, Newton led the Panthers to a Super Bowl bid in 2015, putting together one of the best single-season quarterback performances of the decade. However, injuries limited him in recent years, leading up to a foot injury that cost him most of the 2019 season.

In Newton’s first start, the Patriots will face the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium. All that’s left is to figure out who he’ll be throwing the ball to.

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