Player Capsules (Cam Newton, Tyrod Taylor, Daniel Jones)
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Cam Newton, 10th Year (NE) Newton missed the majority of 2019 due to injury, but he has attacked his rehab like a true pro & is motivated to return to his earlier form in 2020. The Patriots added him to a QB room that includes Brian Hoyer & Jarrett Stidham, both players who have more experience & understanding in the Patriots system but have nowhere near Newton’s physical skill set as players. Newton can do things that those two simply cannot replicate on a football field. We believe Newton ends up starting for the team opening week. Getting Newton to play with more discipline & consistency in the passing game while still allowing him to be creative out of structure will be a major point of emphasis for the staff, something they will work to perfect as the season progresses.
Tyrod Taylor, 10th Year (LAC) Taylor will be the Week 1 starter for HC Anthony Lynn & the leash will not be a short one. Taylor has proven to be a coveted commodity in this league & may have an opportunity to play the entire year out as the team’s starting quarterback which would allow Herbert to develop more without being forced to play & give the team the best chance of success in 2020 due to Taylor’s experience. A versatile athlete who can throw with great power, touch & placement deep. Throwing with anticipation & accuracy within the quick & intermediate game is where Taylor struggles.
Daniel Jones, 2nd Year (NYG) Jones showed great promise as a rookie taking over for Eli Manning, making his first NFL start during Week 3. Jones threw for 3,024 yards, 24 TDs & 12 INT across 12 starts, going 3-9 in the W-L column. Jones has elite tools (release, athleticism, mechanics) but he needs to become a better all-around anticipation passer. New offensive coordinator Jason Garrett will look to get Jones playing to his maximum potential in the Big Apple. Hopefully the Princeton grad (Garrett) can connect with the Duke grad (Jones) & get this offense rolling
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