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FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - SEPTEMBER 27: Cam Newton #1 of the New England Patriots reacts during the second half against the Las Vegas Raiders at Gillette Stadium on September 27, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com

In an Instagram post earlier this week, Cam Newton took responsibility for his disappointing play in 2020, and said he hopes to be “a part of the solution” for the team going forward. Asked on Thursday if that meant he expects to return to New England in 2021, Newton said he’s not looking that far ahead.

“I think the biggest thing is I’m just trying to maximizing all the things I know I have to prove, and that’s starting with Monday,” he explained. “That’s simple. I play this game for one reason and that’s just to win. We have our opportunity to win on Monday. Let’s just see how that goes.”

Despite not getting into his future, Newton was appreciative of his time in New England so far. “I’ve just loved the opportunity to be around the guys, and grow and learn about them, more or less. As well as this offense, each and every day – still learning. That’s what it’s all about, just growth, and trying to find ways to get better at all costs.”

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - NOVEMBER 29: Cam Newton #1 of the New England Patriots looks to throw a pass against Haason Reddick #43 of the Arizona Cardinals during the third quarter of the game at Gillette Stadium on November 29, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – NOVEMBER 29: Cam Newton #1 of the New England Patriots looks to throw a pass against Haason Reddick #43 of the Arizona Cardinals during the third quarter of the game at Gillette Stadium on November 29, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

The Patriots quarterback said COVID has made it difficult for him to accomplish all he hoped to in New England, both on and off the field.

“We didn’t have preseason. We didn’t have a lot of different things that the normal NFL season would have gave you to get prepared for the season. So I think that’s something I kind of brushed off,” he explained. “Coming into a whole different philosophy that has so much lineage for so many years, and trying to learn it in a span of weeks at that particular point in time.”

As for the off the field element, Newton said (as he has in the pasts) that he’s yet to make the impact his new community he had hoped.

“COVID impacted the normalcy for me in so many different ways than one,” he said. “Being a philanthropist and not just in ways of giving money, but more or less giving time, is something I didn’t really get to do because of obviously the COVID restrictions. But something I obviously would have wanted to do.”

Due to the uniqueness of 2020, New England never got the full Cam Newton experience, in any capacity. As for whether or not we’ll have that chance in 2021 – it appears we’ll have to wait and see.

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Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Looking for a podcast guest? Let him know on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at Alexander.Barth@bbgi.com.