In less than 24 hours the greatest team in the history of the NFL begins a new era in their franchise for the first time in 20 years… the Cam Newton era. Every year in the hours leading to kickoff I find it extremely hard to contain my excitement and I find myself looking for an outlet and end up watching far too many hours worth of Pats hype videos. This is the most excited I’ve been for a Patriots season in a while and that’s saying a lot, so I’ve decided to share my favorite past time with you all. Time to get amped all the way up!
Bill Belichick is one of the greatest coaches to ever put on the headset and Tom Brady is the most accomplished quarterback in NFL history, but they broke up after last year’s first-round playoff exit. As expected, the biggest storyline heading into this football season will be who will have a more successful season: Bill or Brady.
With the NFL season kicking off in just under two weeks, there is still a ton of uncertainty throughout the entire league. From teams without names and a pandemic ready to halt the season at any moment, this season is set to be unlike any other. One thing that makes this season unlike any in recent memory is the change of quarterback in New England. For the first time in 19 years, a quarterback not named Tom Brady will be under center for the Patriots, with 2015 MVP Cam Newton likely taking over the reins. With this changing of the guard and the numerous players opting out of this season, there is no guarantee that the Patriots even make the playoffs, let alone win the AFC East. Looking ahead at the Patriots 2020 schedule, it will surely be a battle for the top spot.
NFL cutdown day is September 5th and the season kicks off less than a week later. The Patriots, along with the rest of the league, will have to finalize their 53-man roster prior to Saturday’s deadline. In that respect, it’s no different from any other year, but the uncertainty surrounding the season should play somewhat of a factor in deciding which players do and don’t make the roster.
As the Patriots run through training camp, the star — according to what little information the beat writers are allowed to reveal — has been second year running back Damien Harris. The 2019 third round pick had just four carries in last year’s regular season, but evidently has performed jaw-droppingly well so far in training camp. In a nutshell, that’s great news, but it also makes the Patriots running back situation all the more confusing. It was already going to be hard for Harris to find snaps while sitting on a depth chart with James White, Sony Michel and Rex Burkhead and that was before New England went out and signed former Pro Bowler Lamar Miller