New England Patriots reportedly name staring quarterback, who is also named captain

The New England Patriots have named Cam Newton their starting quarterback, The Boston Globe reports.

His teammates also voted him captain, according to the Boston Herald. 

Newton signed a one-year deal with New England in the offseason after being released by the Carolina Panthers.

The three-time Pro Bowler was the favorite to win the job, but wasn’t considered a shoo-in as he competed with Jarrett Stidham and Bryan Hoyer, both of whom have prior experience playing for head coach Bill Belichick in New England. Newton, 31, arrived in New England after two injury-plagued seasons in Charlotte that impacted his performance and availability.

He fell off of his Pro Bowl form in 2018 while throwing with an injured shoulder. A foot injury forced him to miss all but two games in 2019. If he can stay healthy, the Patriots have a former league MVP to fill in the massive shoes left behind by Tom Brady.

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