New England Patriots

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 19: Cam Newton #1 of the New England Patriots reacts after a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first half of the preseason game at Lincoln Financial Field on August 19, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

The Patriots preseason opener was mostly a night off for Cam Newton. He played just 12 of the team’s 59 snaps, completing 4-of-7 passes with an average depth of target of under a yard. Thursday night against the Eagles, he was much more active.

In the second game of the preseason, Newton ran three drives, playing the entirety of the first quarter. He completed 8-of-9 passes, throwing for 103 yards, and closed out his performance with a touchdown pass to Jakobi Meyers.

It wasn’t the largest sample size, but it was one of the best quarters of football Newton has played with the Patriots.

Each throw was made with purpose and was on target, with a number of them coming after Newton used his feet to extend plays in the pocket. His command at the line — something Newton said this offseason was an area he was hoping to improve — was noticeably better as well.

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