Cam Newton officially has been on the New England Patriots for just over four hours.
Among them relates to the depth chart, and where Newton ranks at the quarterback position.
Well, it depends who you ask.
ESPN has Newton listed as the “starter” on their depth chart, ahead of Jarrett Stidham, Brian Hoyer and Brian Lewerke, in that order.
The Patriots, however, are much smarter than that. And if you don’t think head coach Bill Belichick had a hand in the following, well, you simply haven’t been paying attention over the last 20 years.
Instead, the organization has Newton and Stidham co-ranked as “first” in the position group, almost like a 1A and 1B, according to the team’s website. The veteran Hoyer is then “second” with Lewerke in the “third” category.
— Sean T. McGuire (@BySeanMcGuire) July 9, 2020
Newton reportedly was told he would have to compete for the job with both the second-year Stidham, who was originally expected to win the job, and Hoyer.
It seems the Patriots, at least on paper, mean it. And that ultimately means we’re in store for a must-see battle when training camp gets started later this month.