Earlier this year, the Cleveland Browns signed QB Johnny Manziel to back up the injury-decimated Brian Hoyer. During his time with the Browns, Manziel’s play has been erratic at best, and the organization clearly missed out on the opportunity to sign him to a long-term contract. However, after another stellar performance in Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Browns are reportedly interested in bringing Manziel back for the 2015 season.

It’s hard to believe it’s already been three months since former Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was accused of deflating footballs during the 2014 AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts. But the NFL’s investigation into the matter is over, and there’s no sign Brady will face any discipline from the league.

As the NFL season approaches, many fantasy football owners are anxiously awaiting the new Cam Newton injury report. The Panthers quarterback has been viewed by some as an elite fantasy asset after his breakout 2017 campaign, but there are still some people who don’t believe he can stay on the field. He’s also seen his fair share of headaches off the field, most notably the controversial personal conduct investigation, but new reports surfaced saying that the Panthers are not planning on releasing him during his contract year.

Bill Belichick would never say that in public, but he did not place the New England Patriots in the greatest possible position to win the Super Bowl in 2020. Anyone who saw the six-time Super Bowl winners last season could tell that the offense lacked starting-caliber players, and the defense lacked NFL-level quality as well.

Of course, the Patriots received less-than-stellar performance at the game’s most crucial position. Despite failing miserably in his first season in Foxborough, Cam Newton was given another chance by Belichick to show that he is still deserving of the starting quarterback position in New England.

Newton’s future with the Patriots, however, does not seem to be as bright in light of the newest revelation on his contentious and perplexing COVID issue.

Cam Newton has experienced an untimely setback at the most inopportune moment.

Newton just had to worry about defeating Jarrett Stidham in the 2021 NFL Draft. When Roger Goodell revealed that the Patriots had chosen Mac Jones with the 15th overall selection, everything changed.

Fans and the media quickly began speculating on how soon the talented youngster will dethrone the ailing veteran. Belichick, on the other hand, openly defended Newton and said that he is still the Patriots’ primary quarterback.

Newton has excelled in training camp and preseason action, but his youthful understudy has as well. Jones lacks the physical prowess of his 6-foot-5, 245-pound teammate, but the rookie has the right mix of composure, accuracy, and intellect to lead New England’s timing-based attack. The brilliant 22-year-old has definitely made the notion of starting a rookie quarterback more feasible than anybody anticipated back in April by showing those traits this summer.

Newton experienced an unexpected non-injury setback with Jones nipping at his heels.

According to ESPN’s Mike Reiss, the 32-year-old quarterback has been ordered to stay away from the team until Thursday due to a “misunderstanding” of COVID-19 testing conducted outside of NFL facilities.

Given the tight rivalry between Newton and Jones, his error could not have come at a more inconvenient moment. Because their incumbent starter is out, the Patriots will get to watch their top draft selection practice with first-team players.

Newton’s future with the Patriots seems to be in jeopardy, according to the newest revelation on his contentious COVID issue.

New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton looks on during a preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton looks on during a preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Patriots’ starting quarterback, Mac Jones, may be able to take advantage of Cam Newton’s COVID-19 predicament. | Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Do you believe the Patriots place a premium on availability and accountability?

According to a report by NFL Network’s Michael Giardi, Newton’s expensive blunder hasn’t gone down well in Foxborough.

“According to reports, the Cam Newton issue has caused some internal dissatisfaction. This, according to one key member of the organization, has “opened” a window of opportunity for rookie Mac Jones. Before Newton can return, the team will practice today and then with the NYG tomorrow,” Giardi tweeted.

Given Belichick’s strict coaching approach, it’s fair to believe he’s not happy with Newton’s predicament. A starting quarterback must lead by example, and losing important repetitions due to a COVID-related problem that might have been avoided does not assist the team. The Patriots’ internal dissatisfaction with the timing of the event should come as no surprise. At the same time, it’s not surprising that Newton’s gaffe has allegedly provided Jones with “a window of opportunity” to overtake him on the depth chart.

If Newton takes advantage of more first-team repetitions and plays well against the New York Giants on Sunday, Belichick may have no option but to open the season with him on the bench. Needless to say, his future in Foxborough does not seem bright, particularly considering Jones’ summer accomplishments.

Is it time for Bill Belichick to make Jones the offensive face of the Patriots?

Should Belichick stay with a veteran quarterback with a decade of experience? Is it more likely that the Patriots will go with a rookie quarterback who seems to be a great match for their offense?

Newton is deserving of respect for what he has accomplished in the past, but it does not imply that he is deserving of a starting position. In fact, having a washed-up version of Superman in the roster isn’t necessary if New England wants to make a real run at the Lombardi Trophy.

Rather than taking a chance on Newton improving as a passer in his 11th season, why not go with a quarterback who can run the entire gamut of Josh McDaniels’ playbook? The Patriots don’t have to be concerned about Jones’s lack of weaponry or sound protection. To bring in Hunter Henry, Jonnu Smith, Nelson Agholor, and Kendrick Bourne, Belichick spent an unprecedented amount of Robert Kraft’s money. In addition, New England’s starting offensive line, which includes Isaiah Wynn, Michael Onwenu, David Andrews, Shaq Mason, and Trent Brown, seems to be a top-five unit.

The Patriots are designed to win right now. Despite the fact that he has yet to make an NFL start, Mac Jones has shown enough in limited action to persuade a large part of Patriot Nation that Cam Newton belongs on the bench.

Let’s see whether Bill Belichick is on board with this.

Pro Football Reference provided all statistics.

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