BOSTON (CBS) — Cam Newton returned for the Patriots on Sunday, although the quarterback and the remainder of the New England offense didn’t have a lot success doing something in an 18-12 loss to the Denver Broncos.
Newton did make some important throws down the stretch and in addition picked up some huge good points together with his legs, scoring one more speeding landing, however the Patriots’ comeback bid was too little, too late. And main as much as that time, it wasn’t a reasonably efficiency from the Patriots offense, which turned the ball over 3 times within the loss.
With a makeshift offensive line and receivers who weren’t capable of get open for a lot of the afternoon, Newton struggled to get into any type of rhythm in his first recreation since Sept. 27. Lots of his early throws had little or no zip on them, and he by no means appeared snug within the pocket. Newton accomplished 17 of his 25 passes for 157 yards, however two of these throws have been picked off after they have been tipped on the line of scrimmage.
“It doesn’t matter what the sputtering was on offense, the protection gave us a chance by holding them to discipline objectives. That’s all we are able to ask for as an offense, however we let this slip away by our lackluster efficiency of caring for the soccer,” Newton mentioned after the loss.
“Turnovers, these are drive killers and recreation killers. It begins with me and I’m annoyed by my efficiency,” he added. “I didn’t get the job completed at present so you may think about how I really feel. However I don’t need this to be a pity social gathering. We’ve got one other alternative developing, we have now to comply with this up with a fantastic week of observe and I look ahead to it.”
Regardless of the turnovers, the Patriots nonetheless had a shot to win it in the long run. However Newton’s fourth-down cross to N’Keal Harry fell incomplete as Newton threw it to the surface of the receiver, who didn’t break to the surface. Newton mentioned it was not a miscommunication between himself and Harry, simply one other occasion of the Patriots offense failing to transform when it needed to.
Newton additionally ran for 76 yards on 10 carries and scored the one landing of the sport within the fourth quarter — his fifth speeding rating of the season. However he confirmed off little or no pocket consciousness in a first-half sack by Anthony Chickillo, a drive that ended with a Patriots punt. That sack additionally value the staff beginning proper deal with Jermaine Eluemunor, who had his ankle rolled on on the finish of the play. That harm pressured a patchwork offensive line to use much more duct tape to carry itself collectively.
The Patriots at the moment are 2-3, beneath .500 in October for the primary time since 2002. Newton mentioned there isn’t a panic within the locker room, however he did admit that they should have much more urgency after they take the sector in opposition to the San Francisco 49ers subsequent Sunday.
“There isn’t any must panic, however we for certain have a chance right here that we can not enable ourselves to undergo the motions and anticipate us being who we’re goes to maintain itself. That isn’t the case and we aren’t pretty much as good at this specific level,” the quarterback mentioned after Sunday’s loss.
As for coming again after a two-week layoff, Newton mentioned he definitely felt a bit rusty when the sport kicked off. The quarterback examined optimistic for COVID-19 two weeks in the past however was activated off the reserve/COVID-19 checklist earlier this week. He participated within the staff’s solely observe of the week on Thursday, earlier than the Patriots determined to cancel Friday’s observe session after one other optimistic check by a participant.
Newton didn’t wish to focus on his optimistic check, hoping to place his bout with COVID previously.
“Actually, for me proper now, I’m making an attempt to maneuver ahead. Respectfully, that was two weeks in the past. I’m nonetheless bitter over the sport and simply making an attempt to concentrate on methods to get higher. Everybody is aware of what the state of affairs was and it’s what it’s. I do know for me, transferring ahead, I’ve to play higher soccer,” he mentioned.
“Respectfully, for the sake of the place we’re proper now, I don’t suppose it’s useful for me to talk on that. The efficiency at present, the day without work confirmed. However I’ve to be higher and I will probably be higher,” he mentioned.
Newton is hoping the staff can have an everyday week of observe, but when COVID modifications their plans once more, the QB mentioned the staff has to do the most effective they will with no matter state of affairs comes their means.
“Regardless of the state of affairs is, we’re not the one staff going through it and we have now to be able to go transferring ahead,” mentioned Newton.