New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman already has a high opinion of his new quarterback Cam Newton as he likes his work work ethic and his mindset. Newton, the first overall pick of the Carolina Panthers in 2011, left his long-time team this offseason and eventually joined the Patriots, who lost their long-time quarterback Tom Brady to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Edelman, who was selected in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL draft, has spent his entire career with the Patriots, who have been a Super Bowl contender in each season since he arrived to the league. But with the departure of Brady and several starters opting out of playing this season due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Patriots aren't considered a favorite to win it all this season.
Newton, who was the NFL MVP in 2015, the same season led the Panthers to the Super Bowl, which they lost to the Denver Broncos. "When you first meet him, just his stature. He's large -- put together well," Edelman said of Newton, as quoted on ESPN.
"He has a great energy about himself. I was really impressed with his work ethic and mindset."
Patriots players impressed by Newton
Patriots left tackle Isaiah Wynn is looking forward to working with Newton as he sees him as a positive guy and a positive presence in the locker room.
"He definitely brings a good energy, a nice juice with it," Wynn said. Patriots defensive tackle Lawrence Guy claims Newton fit in the team right from the start. "You get a person like that -- big body, mobile quarterback -- and you're like, 'This is going to be exciting when we get to practice,'" added veteran defensive tackle Lawrence Guy, who enters his fourth season with the team.
"The dynamic he brings into the locker room, and everybody embracing him, is the best part. We have a unique team. Once he came in, he fit right in. I think Hoy and Stidham did welcome him with open arms, and them coming on to the field, and hearing them talk and you can see them throwing different plays and aspects out; it's going to be one of those things that we can't wait to get the pads on to see the playbook come to life."
Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels added: "He's a smart football player. He's played a lot of football, seen a lot of stuff. Guys in our league rarely have the type of success that a player like he has had, and this fast, without understanding the game."