Patriots make decision on Cam Newton’s future after ugly benching



The Patriots’ Cam Newton experiment isn’t going well.

Bill Belichick pulled the former NFL MVP quarterback in the third quarter of New England’s 33-6 loss to the 49ers on Sunday, replacing him with Jarrett Stidham — but it will not cost him his job. The coach said after the game that Newton is still the team’s starter.

“Yeah. Absolutely. Just wanted to give Stid a little experience,” Belichick said in his postgame press conference.

Still, Newton’s performance couldn’t have inspired confidence.

The 31-year-old who is in his first season with the Patriots, had played poorly, going just 9 of 15 passing for 98 yards and three interceptions. New England trailed 30-6 when Newton threw his third pick, which led to a 49ers field goal and the final margin of 33-6. Stidham didn’t fare much betting, also throwing an interception to end his first drive.

New England was reportedly in the market to add a pass catcher before the NFL trade deadline on Nov. 3 to provide help for Newton.

The former Panthers star got off to a hot start in New England as he looked to replace Tom Brady, throwing for two touchdowns and running for four as New England went 2-1 to begin the season. Newton then contracted the coronavirus prior to Week 4 and has not been the same since returning last week. He has thrown five interceptions and scored zero touchdowns as the Patriots dropped to 2-4. Stidham also played in Week 4 when he relieved Brian Hoyer with Newton sidelined.

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