Bill Belichick is not known for handing out compliments, but he is making his feelings clear about how he feels about Cam Newton’s effort since joining the Patriots. Whatever Cam is doing it is obviously leaving a good impression with Belichick.
Belichick said on Sirius NFL Radio that Newton is as hard a worker as he’s had as the coach of the Patriots.
“I can see why he had the kind of success he had at Auburn and Carolina,” Belichick said. “Talking to people who were with him there, the things they said about him at Auburn and at Carolina from a decade ago or 2-3 years ago or even last year, it’s all the same, and it showed up here: He’s an extremely hard worker. Nobody works harder than Cam does. He’s here early, he stays late and he works very hard. Some players like to work on things they’re good at, like if you’re strong on the bench press you just throw more weight on the bench. But Cam works on things he’s not at good at and tries to improve on a daily basis and that’s something I really respect about him. That’s not easy for players or really any of us to do. We’ll get something we’re not really good at or it’s not our strength and you spend extra time on it, when our natural tendency is to do things we’re good at. So he works extremely hard in all areas.”
Many had questioned if Cam would be able to fit in with the Patriots, and that question seems to be answered. Belichick has yet to name his starting quarterback, but all signs point to Newton, even if it may take him a few games to get comfortable.
"Nobody works harder than @CameronNewton."
— SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) August 31, 2020