Film review: How Cam Newton elevates the Patriots offense

Film review: How Cam Newton elevates the Patriots offense

Cam Newton’s career as a New England Patriot got off to a fast start in Week 1 against the Miami Dolphins, as Newton and the new-look Patriots offense led the team to a 21-11 victory against the visitors. Newton was 15-of-19 with no passing touchdowns or interceptions, but had a great deal of success on the ground, rushing 15 times for 75 yards and two touchdowns. Newton’s debut as a Patriot couldn’t have gone much better, all things considered. While he struggled a couple of times with failing to change the play call at the line of scrimmage, resulting in negative plays, the former NFL MVP showed a solid overall grasp of the New England offense, and was a major reason why the Patriots’ running game executed at such a high level on Sunday. While it’s clear that Newton is still working on nailing down the finer intricacies and play calls of the Patriots offense, the biggest takeaway from Newton’s Week 1 performance is the evolution of the New England offense, and how Newton’s presence on the field unlocks a completely different playbook for Josh McDaniels to call plays from. As has been forecast throughout the preseason, New England relied on a smash-mouth, bully-ball run game to emerge with the win on Sunday. But how they went about using Newton in the run game was the interesting part, with McDaniels dialing up an assortment of plays like zone read, speed option, power read, QB sweep, and more. To explain ...
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