McCourty, who spent the last three years with New England, made sure to point out what he felt hadn’t been noted about Newton’s tenure during an appearance Thursday on the “JRSportBrief” show.
“Cam did a great job, I feel like, of building that confidence within guys,” McCourty said, as transcribed by WEEI. “Letting them know, the trash talk he brought to practice every single day, and we’d be going at it from an offensive and defensive standpoint. But from a defender, you appreciate it because he’s building up in these guys what they possibly can become.
“And I think something that kind of goes unsaid about him — because even him coming here, I didn’t know much about Cam at all — this is a guy who was in the building every single day at 5:30 in the morning. We would be leaving the building 6:30-7, and Cam was still sitting at his locker, getting ready to go in and meet with the offensive coordinator or do something… he was one of the last guys to leave the building.”
Newton re-signed with New England on a one-year deal for 2021. He appears to be the favorite to serve as the Patriots’ starting quarterback.