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EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - NOVEMBER 25: Trent Brown #77 of the New England Patriots in action against the New York Jets during their game at MetLife Stadium on November 25, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

The Patriots got tackle Trent Brown back, which could mean a number of things on the offensive line. But is the Brown move also a clue toward the Patriots’ plans at quarterback?

Zolak & Bertrand shared their thoughts on why Brown’s playing style could mean a new direction at QB during Tuesday’s show on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Scott Zolak explained that Brown has always been more of a pass protector than run-blocker. This means the Patriots’ next starting quarterback could be more of a traditional pocket passer than a dual threat like Cam Newton – and a better fit for the offense the Patriots ran last time Brown was here, in 2018.

“I think Brown is more comfortable at left tackle here, in this offense, and based on the protection schemes that you’ve run before,” Zolak said. “You still have the same offensive coordinator [Josh McDaniels], and if you get a throwing quarterback and go back to the three-step, five-step, play-action drops, it’s an indicator for Brown on the back side that ‘OK, I know the depth of the quarterback and my expectations for pass protections.'”

Cam Newton struggled in the passing game for most of the 2020 season for the Patriots, compiling an 82.9 passer rating with just eight touchdowns in 15 starts. He also struggled to throw over the offensive line consistently, as defensive linemen broke up 12 pass attempts at the line against him. Parking the 6-foot-9 Brown in front of a QB who can’t throw over the line seems like it would be a problem.

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