And that’s probably why Patriots players aren’t saying much about Newton. Though Newton is, indeed, favored to start, he is surely a long way from winning the job away from his competition, Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer. Newton needs to learn the playbook while building rapport with his new teammates.
The dude -- they use the term dude a lot in Texas high school football -- didn't introduce himself, and the coach treated him as if he'd been there all along. Nobody felt comfortable asking -- the dude was really good at the mysterious-stranger bit -- but they wondered among themselves, sometimes allowing a thought to creep in: The Panthers might be pretty damned good in 2016. A week went by, and then school started.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. The Patriots Hall of Fame presented by Raytheon Technologies has launched a new digital exhibit called Patriots Memories. The Hall solicited fans along with members of the media and team alumni to submit their favorite Patriots memories and what made those recollections special.