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Injured hand improving

Coach Bill Belichick indicated Thursday that while Newton (hand) won't partake in the Patriots practice Thursday, his hand injury is "getting better," Mike Reiss of reports.

Analysis: Newton's suffered a bone bruise on his throwing hand last week and hasn't taken part in an activity since then. However, it sounds like the issue is coming along fairly well, so there doesn't seem to be any concern at this point regarding his Week 1 status. It's still worth keeping an eye on Newton to make sure he's ready as the season draws closer.

Jun 10, 2021 10:04 AM EST

Bruises bone on throwing hand

Newton suffered a slight bruise on his throwing hand during Friday's practice after banging it on a teammates helmet, but the issue is not considered major, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: It was previously reported by Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald that nothing was broken on Newton's hand and this latest update confirms the injury is minor. Still, it is possible that Newton may not see much more work during OTAs and instead focus on the start of training camp later next month.

Jun 4, 2021 4:42 PM EST

Avoids break, more testing on tap

There's "nothing broken" in regards to Newton'sinjured throwing hand but he's heading for more testing on it, Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald reports.

Analysis: Newton reportedly hit his throwing hand on another player's helmet during the session and was unable to throw the rest of the day. It's certainly a good sign that Newton has avoided a fracture, but he's not quite out of the woods until more testing can reveal the extent of the damage. First-round pick Mac Jones and Jarrett Stidham should handle most of the reps under center while Newton is sidelined.

Jun 4, 2021 12:40 PM EST

Suffers finger injury Friday

Newton appeared to suffer a finger injury on his right hand hitting it on a helmet and did not practice after it, Ryan Hannable of reports.

Analysis: Of note is that Newton remained on the field, which should bode well in terms of his long-term prospects. Still, it will be worth monitoring whether the team elects to take him for X-rays on the issue or not. More info on his issue should be released in the near future. Jarrett Stidham and rookie Mac Jones split the reps under center in his absence.

Jun 4, 2021 9:56 AM EST

Endorsed by Belichick

Though the Patriots selected Mac Jones 15th overall in the 2021 NFL Draft, coach Bill Belichick made it clear that Newton remains the team's top QB at this time, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports. "Cam's our quarterback. Whatever time Jarrett (Stidham) or Mac are ready to challenge and compete, then we'll see how that goes," Belichick noted Thursday night.

Analysis: Given that New England used a first-round pick to secure Jones, it can be assumed that he's viewed as the team's long-term answer at QB, but the rookie has some ground to make up before he's in a position to overtake Newton as the starter. The report adds that both Newton and Stidham have been participating in voluntary offseason workouts at Gillette Stadium of late, a context that gives Newton a head start relative to last year, when he didn't sign with the team until late June and then contended with an unconventional offseason that presented challenges with regard to getting up to speed with his new team's offense and gaining rapport with his supporting cast. As the 2021 campaign approaches, Newton -- who turns 32 on May 11 -- will be working with an improved pass-catching corps that will feature a quartet of free agent additions, namely WRs Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne, as well as talented TEs Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry.

Apr 30, 2021 8:19 AM EST

Deal worth up to $14 million

The one-year deal that Newton signed with the Patriots could be worth up to $14 million, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

Analysis: Per the report, "about $6 million is tied to honors and how far the team might advance in the playoffs." Under those terms, it's still possible that the Patriots may explore other options at QB, but as it stands Newton has an opportunity to rebound from the subpar season he endured in 2020. This time around, the 31-year-old will have an entire offseason in the team's program and is poised to approach the coming campaign healthy. Additionally, with New England in good shape from a salary cap standpoint, it's expected that the team will look to upgrade its pass-catching corps in free agency and/or the NFL draft. Assuming he works with an improved supporting cast this coming season, it's reasonable to project added passing production from Newton in 2021. In such a scenario, he could engineer a fantasy bounce-back, especially considering his ability to make an impact via the ground game.

Mar 12, 2021 9:42 AM EST

Re-signing with New England

Newton will return to the Patriots on a one-year contract, Jim McBride of The Boston Globe reports.

Analysis: There won't be any drama for Newton in free agency, as he will remain with the team he spent last season with. On only a one-year deal, he won't be guaranteed a starting spot, but heading into the new league year he will be the favorite to open the 2021 campaign under center for the Patriots.

Mar 12, 2021 5:29 AM EST

Return not ruled out

The Patriots haven't ruled out re-signing Newton, according to Jeff Howe of The Athletic. The QB -- who earned $3,956,250 in 2020, including incentives -- is slated to become a free agent this offseason.

Analysis: For his part, ESPN's Mike Reiss says that his gut feeling is that there's about a 25 percent chance Newton will be retained. Following a 2020 campaign in which Newton did plenty of damage as a rusher, but struggled to produce consistently as a passer, it remains to be seen what sort of offers he'll command in free agency. While Howe suggests that its thought that the Patriots will "initially seek other alternatives," it's possible they'll entertain the idea of bringing back Newton if they believe that a healthier version of the former NFL MVP "can be better with more help around him." New England has the 15th overall pick in this April's draft and if the team elects to choose a quarterback with that selection, or one later on in the process, then considering a veteran bridge option such as Newton (under reasonable financial parameters) could make sense for the franchise.

Jan 8, 2021 6:40 AM EST

Finishes season on high note

Newton completed 21 of 30 passes for 242 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday's 28-14 win over the Jets. He also rushed 11 times for 79 yards and caught a 19-yard touchdown pass thrown by wide receiver Jakobi Meyers.

Analysis: Newton snapped a three-week passing touchdown drought with a seven-yard score to James White on the opening drive, then added touchdown passes to Devin Asiasi (26 yards) and Sony Michel (31 yards) in the fourth quarter for his only multi-touchdown passing performance of the season. He finishes his lone season in New England with 2,857 yards and a putrid 8:10 TD:INT through the air, though Newton also chipped in 12 rushing touchdowns, which marked his highest total since Newton ran in 14 touchdowns as a rookie in 2011. The 31-year-old quarterback will be hard-pressed to win a starting job next season given his ineptitude as a passer, though it remains to be seen where he'll land as an unrestricted free agent.

Jan 3, 2021 1:17 PM EST

Seems poised to start Week 17

Coach Bill Belichick relayed to WEEI on Tuesday that he believes Newton will start Sunday's season finale against the Jets. "Yeah, I would imagine," Belichick said. "We're going through that now. We'll see."

Analysis: The statement wasn't exactly a ringing endorsement of Newton, who completed five of 10 passes for 34 yards and rushed four times for 24 yards and a touchdown during Monday's blowout loss to the Bills. Jarrett Stidham eventually replaced Newton in the third quarter but didn't fare well himself, with 44 yards on 4-for-11 passing. The Patriots are out of the playoff picture and have no investment in Newton beyond this season, while Stidham is a 2019 fourth-round pick of the club. Still, when Newton has been healthy, the team hasn't wavered from starting him, and Belichick seems resigned to doing the same Week 17.

Dec 29, 2020 12:27 PM EST

Pulled in third quarter

Newton completed five of 10 passes for 34 yards and rushed four times for 24 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 38-9 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Newton had a potential touchdown dropped on New England's opening drive, but then responded with a nine-yard touchdown scramble during the second quarter. Beside that play, however, the signal-caller again struggled mightily to move the ball, resulting in backup Jarrett Stidham entering the game a couple drives into the third quarter. At this stage, it wouldn't be surprising if Stidham were to start Sunday's season finale versus the Jets, but Newton's status should be monitored throughout the week to gauge his value nonetheless.

Dec 28, 2020 8:44 PM EST

On track to start in Week 16

Newton remains on track to start Monday night's game against the Bills, barring a late change in plans, Jeremy Fowler of reports.

Analysis: Per ESPN's Mike Reiss, Newton's Week 16 status, and "the possibility of the Patriots turning to backup Jarrett Stidham, came into sharper focus" after the team was eliminated from the playoffs last weekend. In 13 games this season, Newton has recorded 2,381 passing yards to go along with a 5:10 TD:INT ratio. Meanwhile, his fantasy utility has been aided by the fact that he's logged 122 carries for 489 yards and 11 rushing scores. While Newton remains the team's expected starter versus Buffalo, with New England 6-8, it's possible that the team may still decide to give Stidham some snaps Monday, depending on the flow of the game.

Dec 27, 2020 5:12 AM EST

Held scoreless by Dolphins

Newton completed 17 of 27 pass attempts for 209 yards, adding 38 rushing yards on 38 carries during Sunday's 22-12 loss to Miami.

Analysis: Newton was held without a touchdown pass for the eighth time this season, as New England suffered a divisional defeat to fall out of playoff contention. The 31-year-old's value has been significantly boosted by 11 scores on the ground, Newton's most since his rookie campaign of 2011 when he racked up 14. With that element lacking from his game Sunday, Newton drops to a 6-7 record as the Patriots' starter. He'll face Buffalo next, with New England having a chance to impact its division rival's playoff seeding.

Dec 20, 2020 1:39 PM EST

Still the starter

Coach Bill Belichick confirmed Friday that Newton (abdomen) will remain the Patriots' starting QB, Zack Cox of reports.

Analysis: Prior to being pulled early in the fourth quarter of Thursday night's 24-3 loss to the Rams, Newton completed 9 of his 16 pass attempts for 119 yards and a pick, to go along with seven carries for 16 yards. Despite his struggles in Week 14, the Patriots have no plans to turn to second-year backup Jarrett Stidham when they face Miami on Dec. 20. As that game approaches, we'd expect Newton, who's been managing an abdomen issue, to appear on New England's injury report, but neither his Week 15 status nor his perch atop the team's QB depth chart appear in any danger at this time.

Dec 11, 2020 9:48 AM EST

Pulled in fourth quarter

Newton (abdomen) completed nine of 16 passes for 119 yards with no touchdowns and one interception in the Patriots' 24-3 loss to the Rams on Thursday night. He also rushed seven times for 16 yards and committed a fumble recovered by the offense before being replaced by Jarrett Stidham with 10:12 remaining.

Analysis: Newton's numbers more or less tell the story, with the notable addendum being that his one interception was of the pick-six variety, contributing to the Patriots' game-long malaise. The veteran signal-caller had entered Thursday night's game having thrown for under 100 yards in each of the prior two games, with New England somehow emerging victorious in both contests. However, Newton didn't consistently get handed short fields or see his defense and special teams put up some complementary scores as had been the case in those wins, and he wasn't up to the task of matching the Rams offense on the scoreboard. The fallout from Newton's late-game benching is naturally something to monitor as well as the fantasy postseason begins, and given coach Bill Belichick's typically secretive nature about personnel decisions and the extended time between Thursday and a Week 15 road matchup against the Dolphins on Dec. 20, it could be some time before fantasy managers get a handle on whether it will be Newton or Stidham under center for that divisional clash.

Dec 10, 2020 8:24 PM EST

Suits up for TNF

Newton (abdomen) is listed as active for Thursday night's game against the Rams.

Analysis: Newton, who completed 12 of 19 pass attempts for 69 yards and a TD this past Sunday against the Chargers, did most of his damage in the Patriots' 45-0 win via his impact as a runner, logging 14 carries for 48 rushing yards and two scores. While he should be more productive as a passer Thursday even against a tough Rams defense, Newton's path to fantasy relevance these days continues to be primarily fueled by his utility in New England's ground game.

Dec 10, 2020 4:15 PM EST

Listed as questionable for TNF

Newton (abdomen) is listed as questionable for Thursday night's game against the Rams.

Analysis: Newton, who was listed as a limited participant on Wednesday's practice report, is one of 14 players deemed questionable by the Patriots this week. Though the QB's status is worth confirming prior to Thursday night's 8:20 ET kickoff, we fully expect him to play, on the heels of completing 12 of 19 passes for 69 yards and a TD while adding 48 yards and two more scores on 14 carries in this past Sunday's 45-0 win over the Chargers.

Dec 9, 2020 2:22 PM EST

Logs another limited session

Newton (abdomen) was a limited participant in Tuesday's practice.

Analysis: This injury capped Newton's practice reps last week as well. Nevertheless, he didn't show any limitations in Sunday's 45-0 win over the Chargers, completing 12 of 199 passes for 69 yards and a touchdown and rushing 14 times for 48 yards and two more scores. It's worth monitoring his Wednesday practice status, but he appears to be on the right track to play Thursday against the Rams.

Dec 8, 2020 4:25 PM EST

Limited again by abdominal issue

Newton (abdomen) was listed as limited on Monday's practice estimate.

Analysis: Newton similarly logged limited sessions all of last week before suiting up Sunday, when he completed 12 of 19 passes for 69 yards and one touchdown while racking up 14 carries for 48 yards and two more TDs against the Chargers. There doesn't seems to be much worry about his availability for Thursday's game versus the Rams, but his status still should be watched as the week goes on.

Dec 7, 2020 2:51 PM EST

Accounts for three TDs in blowout

Newton completed 12 of 19 passes for 69 yards and a touchdown while adding 48 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries during Sunday's 45-0 win over the Chargers.

Analysis: Newton fell shy of 20 attempts for the third time in the last four games and was held under 100 yards passing for the second consecutive outing. He still managed a fantasy-friendly performance with a pair of close-range rushing touchdowns and added a five-yard passing score to N'Keal Harry to round out his line. While Newton's statistical production has been quite volatile of late, he's led his team to wins in four of his last five games and an average of 29 points per game during that stretch. His unconventional style could keep him in the picture from a fantasy perspective despite a tough matchup with the Rams on Thursday.

Dec 6, 2020 6:14 PM EST

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