New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton has acknowldged that it's "put-up or shut-up" time for him. Newton, who was named the NFL MVP in 2015, split with the Carolina Panthers shortly after the 2019 season.
Later in the offseason, Newton signed with the Patriots. The Panthers didn't want Newton as their starting quarterback anymore so they moved on from the 2015 NFL MVP. Newton arrived to New England determined to prove that he has still got the game.
Unforrunately for Newton, he didn't impress in his first year with the Patriots. “I know who I am,” Newton said, via Mike Reiss of ESPN. “At times, I do remind myself people forget who you are, and what you’ve done.
So now I’m in a position where I need to be my best self. It’s really put-up or shut-up time”.
Newton didn't have a great season
Newton finished the season with only eight touchdown and also had 10 interceptions.
The Patriots finished with a 7-9 record and missed out on the playoffs. “[M]y time there has been everything I could have asked for,” Newton said. “I guess it’s now time for me to uphold my end of the bargain, through and through”.
Elsewhere, Buffalo Bills safety Jordan Poyer underlined that what happened last season is in the past. The Bills advanced to the AFC Championship Game last season many view them as Super Bowl contenders in 2021. “We gotta go to work,” Poyer said.
“We got the right people, we got the right pieces. Every season’s different. Sean really always talks about what happened last season doesn’t matter. We still have to come in and work, still have to earn our stripes”.
Meanwhile, Minnesota Vikings tight end Irv Smith Jr. insists quarterback Kirk Cousins has a lot of more swagger this year. “I mean Kirk, he’s done a great job, obviously, with the Vikings. Last year, we were a top-five offense,” Smith said.
“Defensively, obviously, we didn’t play too well so our record didn’t show for it. But this year, I’m very excited. We’ve got a lot of weapons on offense. Kirk, he told us he’s just a point guard out there.
He’s just going to deliver the ball and put it in the playmakers’ hands and we’re going to make some plays. “He’s playing with a chip on his shoulder. He’s got a lot more swagger this year, for sure, and I’m very excited. It’s going to be fun”.