BOSTON (CBS) — Cam Newton returned for the Patriots on Sunday, although the quarterback and the remainder of the New England offense didn’t have a lot success doing something in an 18-12 loss to the Denver Broncos.
Newton did make some crucial throws down the stretch and in addition picked up some massive good points together with his legs, scoring one more speeding landing, however the Patriots’ comeback bid was too little, too late. And main as much as that time, it wasn’t a fairly efficiency from the Patriots offense, which turned the ball over 3 times within the loss.
With a makeshift offensive line and receivers who weren’t capable of get open for a lot of the afternoon, Newton struggled to get into any form of rhythm in his first sport since Sept. 27. A lot of his early throws had little or no zip on them, and he by no means appeared comfy within the pocket. Newton accomplished 17 of his 25 passes for 157 yards, however two of these throws had been picked off after they had been tipped on the line of scrimmage.
“It doesn’t matter what the sputtering was on offense, the protection gave us a possibility by holding them to discipline targets. That’s all we are able to ask for as an offense, however we let this slip away by our lackluster efficiency of taking good care of the soccer,” Newton stated after the loss.
“Turnovers, these are drive killers and sport killers. It begins with me and I’m annoyed by my efficiency,” he added. “I didn’t get the job finished immediately so you possibly can think about how I really feel. However I don’t need this to be a pity get together. Now we have one other alternative arising, we’ve got to comply with this up with an incredible week of follow and I look ahead to it.”
Regardless of the turnovers, the Patriots nonetheless had a shot to win it in the long run. However Newton’s fourth-down move to N’Keal Harry fell incomplete as Newton threw it to the skin of the receiver, who didn’t break to the skin. Newton stated it was not a miscommunication between himself and Harry, simply one other occasion of the Patriots offense failing to transform when it needed to.
Newton additionally ran for 76 yards on 10 carries and scored the one landing of the sport within the fourth quarter — his fifth speeding rating of the season. However he confirmed off little or no pocket consciousness in a first-half sack by Anthony Chickillo, a drive that ended with a Patriots punt. That sack additionally value the group beginning proper sort out Jermaine Eluemunor, who had his ankle rolled on on the finish of the play. That damage pressured a patchwork offensive line to use much more duct tape to carry itself collectively.
The Patriots at the moment are 2-3, underneath .500 in October for the primary time since 2002. Newton stated there isn’t any panic within the locker room, however he did admit that they should have much more urgency once they take the sphere towards the San Francisco 49ers subsequent Sunday.
“There isn’t any have to panic, however we for certain have a possibility right here that we can’t enable ourselves to undergo the motions and count on us being who we’re goes to care for itself. That’s not the case and we’re not nearly as good at this specific level,” the quarterback stated after Sunday’s loss.
As for coming again after a two-week layoff, Newton stated he definitely felt a bit rusty when the sport kicked off. The quarterback examined optimistic for COVID-19 two weeks in the past however was activated off the reserve/COVID-19 record earlier this week. He participated within the group’s solely follow of the week on Thursday, earlier than the Patriots determined to cancel Friday’s follow session after one other optimistic check by a participant.
Newton didn’t need to focus on his optimistic check, hoping to place his bout with COVID previously.
“Truthfully, for me proper now, I’m attempting to maneuver ahead. Respectfully, that was two weeks in the past. I’m nonetheless bitter over the sport and simply attempting to concentrate on methods to get higher. Everybody is aware of what the scenario was and it’s what it’s. I do know for me, transferring ahead, I’ve to play higher soccer,” he stated.
“Respectfully, for the sake of the place we’re proper now, I don’t assume it’s useful for me to talk on that. The efficiency immediately, the day without work confirmed. However I’ve to be higher and I will likely be higher,” he stated.
Newton is hoping the group can have an everyday week of follow, but when COVID adjustments their plans once more, the QB stated the group has to do the very best they will with no matter scenario comes their means.
“Regardless of the scenario is, we’re not the one group going through it and we’ve got to be able to go transferring ahead,” stated Newton.