Kendrick Bourne said in his introductory video conference with reporters that he wants to “change the narrative” surrounding Cam Newton. The new Patriots wide receiver has quickly gotten to work on that.
Bourne posted a new video to his Twitter page on Friday of himself in mid-workout with Newton. Though there’s no throwing or catching in sight, Newton appears to be coaching Bourne on where to line up or run his route on a particular play. Bourne said in his introductory presser that he was planning to go to Atlanta to work out with Newton, and also planned on working with Jarrett Stidham on the west coast.
One single workout and video clip isn’t going to change any narratives surrounding Newton, but it’s possibly a sign that the veteran QB is improving in his knowledge of the Patriots’ system in year two. Newton certainly didn’t have any problems with being a good teammate or leader in his first season under center for New England.
Even if Newton is better in the finer details of the offense, he’ll have to prove on the field that he’s improved his throwing accuracy and ball security. But he’ll be surrounded by vastly better weapons in the 2021 Patriots offense, including Bourne as a possession receiver in the short-to-intermediate areas of the field. So the opportunity to change every narrative out there is on the table.
There’s still plenty of work to do for the Patriots this off-season, including in the next waves of free agency, the draft, and team workouts. Keep scrolling to read about the big-ticket items left to think about for the 2021 season.
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