Cam Newton, Jarrett Stidham to report Monday at Patriots camp – New England Patriots Weblog

Fast-hit ideas and notes across the New England Patriots and NFL:

1. Setting the stage for participant arrivals: In latest weeks, the Patriots’ quarterbacks have been cut up on separate coasts — Cam Newton throwing in Los Angeles, and Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer main their very own throwing classes in suburban Boston. Following Newton’s arrival to city on Wednesday, they’re now in the identical spot, connections have been made, they usually’ll formally come collectively at Gillette Stadium on Monday.

That highlights a decisive activate the soccer calendar for the Patriots, with rookies and quarterbacks amongst these scheduled to reach on the facility on Monday.

As per the protocol established by the NFL and NFL Gamers Affiliation, the main focus is on testing earlier than gamers can enter the power. Here’s what the week will appear like for gamers arriving Monday (adopted by a second group on Tuesday):

  • Day 1: COVID-19 testing (Group 1)

  • Day 2: COVID-19 testing (Group 2)

  • Day 3: No COVID-19 testing

  • Day 4: COVID-19 testing (Teams 1 and a couple of)

  • Day 5: Every day COVID-19 testing begins; gamers with two destructive outcomes might enter the power for the primary time.

At that time, there will probably be two days of physicals. Days 7-14 will cowl energy and conditioning work and walk-through instruction solely, whereas Days 15-18 will contain practices with out pads. The primary padded follow can’t occur earlier than Aug. 17, and there will be 14 in whole.

Whoever wins the Patriots’ beginning quarterback job — and Newton’s résumé makes him the odds-on favourite if wholesome — should do it with out enjoying in a preseason sport.

All of it begins Monday.

2. Influence of head athletic coach: ESPN NFL analyst Louis Riddick tweeted final week in regards to the unsung staffers throughout the NFL — head athletic trainers who will probably be enjoying an instrumental position in groups returning to secure amenities through the coronavirus pandemic. For the Patriots, that is Jim Whalen, the Bridgewater State (Massachusetts) alum who has been within the place since 2002.

“I’ve a ton of respect for Jim. That is a troublesome place to be in,” stated former Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich, a two-time Tremendous Bowl champion who’s an NFL analyst for ESPN. “He has to look after 80 gamers. Each single man that walks into that constructing, he has to ensure they’re able to go and on the high of their sport.

“I am positive he’s working time beyond regulation, making an attempt to determine the logistics, doing what the medical doctors and guys above him are advised to do, ensuring everyone seems to be on the identical web page with the rules. I do not see a straightforward reply on how you can get 80 guys socially distancing the proper method inside the power — taping ankles, doing rehab, all that stuff. I am positive Jim’s making an attempt to determine [it] out, utilizing each useful resource out there. I am unable to consider a greater coach to give you a plan.”

Former Patriots linebacker Matt Chatham, a three-time Tremendous Bowl champion who’s an analyst for the New England Sports activities Community, stated the well being of Whalen and his employees cannot be ignored.

“What if Jim catches one thing? It sounds morbid, and you do not need to say that, however many of the conversations encompass the gamers, understandably so,” Chatham stated. “However [trainers] are the folks — they cannot not contact, they cannot not get shut. They should deal with you. It is a very hands-on career. It is [a] a part of this we’ve not talked very a lot about.

“What in case you have that kind of interruption? All the coaching employees getting worn out for a pair weeks? How on this planet do you proceed to operate? We won’t overlook about these guys. That needs to be terrifying for his household.

“These guys are extremely underappreciated to start with. They hold a number of the worst hours of anybody in our career, and now that is such a large unknown for these folks in what will be the toughest season so far as unknowns go that they will ever have.”

3. Geared up to deal with ’21 cap: As a part of the settlement reached between gamers and house owners Friday to return to coaching camp on time, a key consideration is that the 2021 wage cap may have a ground of $175 million within the occasion of misplaced revenues. That will be notably lower than projections (this yr’s cap is $198 million), and power some groups into a decent spot. Take into account that 14 groups have 2021 cap commitments over that determine, in line with OverTheCap.com. The Patriots, nevertheless, aren’t one in every of them — they’ve about $125 million in cap commitments for subsequent season, one of many lowest figures within the NFL.

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Louis Riddick is assured the skepticism about Cam Newton’s comeback season with the Patriots will gas a powerful efficiency by the decided quarterback.

4. “All-time biggest deal”: Two notable soundbites from Seahawks tight finish Greg Olsen about former teammate Newton from Olsen’s look on ESPN’s First Take this week:

  • “My head popped off after I noticed how a lot he signed for. It is the all-time biggest deal.”

  • “From speaking to guys which have performed in New England, I feel the general public persona of Invoice [Belichick] is one factor, and I am positive there’s fact to a few of that. However I feel behind closed doorways, he understands what every of his gamers individually wants — the assist, the house at occasions — to deliver out their finest. In case you look throughout Belichick’s teaching profession, he is coached plenty of completely different fashion gamers. The one factor he will find out about Cam is that nobody needs to win extra. And nobody goes to come back daily and follow tougher and prepare tougher and put together higher.”

5. Will Patriots reduce to 80 straight away? One factor that needs to be discovered within the subsequent few days is how a lot Belichick values the chance to deliver an additional 10 gamers to coaching camp. Each staff can deliver a full 90-man roster to the beginning of camp however will probably be required to work in a split-squad format till lowering rosters to 80 by Aug. 16. The opposite choice for groups is to cut back to an 80-man roster by July 28, and meaning the Patriots would not should work in a split-squad format at any level. Basically, the query comes right down to this: Are the 10 ultimate roster spots, which could include gamers with lengthy odds to make the staff anyway, value sacrificing the prospect to work in a full-squad setting till Aug. 16?

6. Worth of McDaniels’ presence: Whereas the Patriots do not place a excessive precedence on job titles below Belichick, it appears honest to say offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels could be the more than likely assistant to imagine any kind of interim head coach position if the state of affairs referred to as for it. Belichick has spoken prior to now about how lucky he feels to have McDaniels, and this is one thing else that displays McDaniels’ worth to the franchise: He’s one in every of simply two offensive coordinators within the NFL who has been within the place with the identical staff for greater than two seasons, in line with ESPN’s Stats & Data analysis. McDaniels has been the Patriots’ OC since 2012, whereas Pete Carmichael Jr. has held the place for the Saints since 2009.

7. Protecting coaches secure, too: Patriots security Devin McCourty has been prolific this offseason, together with his “Double Protection” podcast every Sunday evening an insightful addition to the media panorama. The subsequent podcast, that includes linebacker Dont’a Hightower, is likely to be the final one for some time as coaching camp/acclimation to soccer will get underway.

One factor McCourty stated final week was that the security measures gamers have been in search of due to the coronavirus pandemic transcend themselves: “Throw coaches in there, too. We’ve coaches who’re of their mid- to higher 60s making an attempt to get the job finished. That may be a little nerve-wracking.” McCourty appeared to be referencing Belichick (68) and operating backs coach Ivan Fears (65), who fall right into a high-risk class for the virus, and he stated everybody within the group must deal with one another like household.

8. Chiefs’ chatter: The Patriots had been the final franchise to win back-to-back Tremendous Bowl championships, in 2003 and 2004, which reinforces how troublesome it may be to repeat. Gamers usually stated the goal on reigning Tremendous Bowl champions is tough to grasp until you have lived with it, which got here to thoughts after listening to defensive sort out Chris Jones and receiver Tyreek Hill set the bar excessive for the Chiefs’ Tremendous Bowl aspirations — 5 to seven titles. Optimism will be good, and the Chiefs have plenty of good issues going for them, however a few of their high gamers may discover out shortly {that a} second championship in 2020 is rather a lot tougher than they envisioned.

9. Belichick leads in longevity: Mike Zimmer’s contract extension as Vikings head coach as he enters his seventh season shines a highlight on longevity within the NFL teaching ranks. Zimmer is tied with Houston’s Invoice O’Brien because the league’s seventh-longest-tenured head coach. Solely Belichick (since 2000), New Orleans’ Sean Payton (2006), Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin (2007), Baltimore’s John Harbaugh (2008), Seattle’s Pete Carroll (2010) and Kansas Metropolis’s Andy Reid (2013) have been the top coach of their groups longer.

10a. Did You Know, Half I: The Vikings are one in every of 5 groups with at the very least eight wins in every of the previous 5 seasons, becoming a member of the Patriots, Chiefs, Steelers and Seahawks.

10b. Did You Know, Half II: Since Zimmer took over as Vikings coach, solely New England has allowed fewer factors per sport than Minnesota.

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