The veteran quarterback has quietly been working during the offseason with a throwing coach to “rebuild some of his fundamentals,” ESPN’s Mike Reiss reported on Sunday.
As voluntary offseason team work shifted to its second phase with on-field work, Reiss said some who were on the field with Newton “noticed a difference.” Reiss added that “some teammates view Newton as getting off to a nice start last week.”
Newton changed his throwing motion after shoulder surgery in 2019 while with the Carolina Panthers. He suffered a foot injury that ended his season at two games. The 2020 campaign was his first with the Patriots after signing a one-year deal with New England and he signed another one-year deal with the organization this past March.
The 10-year veteran is widely known as a hard worker with a solid work ethic who is first into the training facilities and commonly the last one out. He’ll be pushed at the position by Mac Jones, the Patriots’ No. 15 overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft out of Alabama. Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer are also on the roster.
Newton completed 65.8 percent of his passes, nearly a career-best, for 2,657 yards, eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 2020. He tested positive for COVID-19 in October and missed a game.
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