Cam Newton fits with the Buccaneers, but he still isn’t coming to Tampa.
Cam Newton is officially out as the starting quarterback for the Patriots. As the Mac Jones fans take their victory lap after a close battle between the two quarterbacks during the preseason, everyone else is starting to wonder what the future holds for Newton.
While the former MVP and Super Bowl runner-up isn’t what he once was, he is still good enough to be one of the best backup quarterbacks in the NFL. Bruce Arians may remain set on Blaine Gabbert as the number two, especially when considering their history, but Cam is still a much better number two.
Let’s face it; if Tom Brady goes down, the season is over for the Buccaneers. Blaine Gabbert and Kyle Trask would bring nothing to the table as immediate safety valves, even if Gabbert did look decent in his lone game against the Lions last season.
Newton has experienced a fall from grace, but he still has the talent to be a great backup in the event of an emergency. Completing 65.8% of his passes (more than Tom Brady), 20 touchdowns, and ten interceptions in 2020, Newton was far from a terrible quarterback to rely on in a pinch.
No one denies Newton’s recent string of weaker performances, but no backup-caliber player should ever be on the field for an entire season. Gabbert was extremely underwhelming during the preseason and did little to inspire confidence that he could step in to replace Brady, and the Bucs would be wise to put their faith in someone with a bit more respect.
As previously mentioned, Bruce Arians won’t bring Cam to the Buccaneers based on Gabbert’s experience in the system, but there has never been a point in Gabbert’s career statistically or physically where he has ever been better than Newton, and that hasn’t changed now.
The Bucs would be much better off with Newton to serve as a safety valve for Brady, but we won’t get that lucky.
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