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Patriots quarterback Cam Newton continues to work out privately with the Patriots’ new stable of weapons. As his team hits the “pause button” on shaping the quarterback situation, with the 2021 NFL Draft just over three weeks away, Newton appears to be in the lead to again start the season under center.

Opinions have varied on whether Newton is even physically capable of throwing the football, let alone working his way back to a serviceable level of production after a mostly forgettable 2020 season. But there’s no doubt that he’s trying. And Patriots fans and media should be mentally prepared for Newton to be the starter when the 2021 regular season kicks off, whether they draft another QB or not.

Head to Newton’s Instagram page for his newest workout video, which shows both him and Jarrett Stidham making throws and running drills with the Patriots’ pass-catchers. New faces like wide receiver Kendrick Bourne and tight end Hunter Henry are featured prominently. Newton’s even fair and balanced, showing a few throws that were a little off the mark.

Newton has never been the most accurate passer, or the most consistent player in that regard. It’s more important that he improves his ball security and decision-making, especially in crucial moments of games. At times during the 2020 season, those mental mistakes were arguably the difference between winning and losing.

And yet, the Patriots still went 7-9. So in 2021, if Newton stays on the field throughout the off-season and tightens up some of his own mistakes, he should be given a chance to at least become an average starting quarterback. The hype videos prove nothing, except that he’s putting the work in.

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