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Belichick praises Newton, but won't name a starting QB just yet

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Cam Newton has made a solid first impression in Foxboro.

The veteran quarterback is competing for the starting job after signing with the Patriots in June, and so far Bill Belichick likes what he's seen out of the 2015 NFL MVP in camp.

“Being with him every day, he’s an extremely hard-working player. First guy in, last one out type of guy,” Belichick said on NBC Sports' 'RIch Eisen Show.' “He really has studied hard and has spent a lot of extra time trying to learn our offense and our communication, our calls, nomenclature and so forth. I’ve been very impressed with that. He’s done a good job of picking it up. He’s a very skilled athlete. …

“We’ve got a very competitive competition at a very competitive position at the quarterback spot. It will be interesting to see how everybody does.”

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As glowing of a review that was from Belichick, he doesn't appear ready to name Newton the starting QB for 2020. That's despite second-year QB Jarrett Stidham struggling in camp and dealing with a groin injury.

 
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He'll need to make a decision before Sept. 13, as that's when the Pats will open their season vs. the Miami Dolphins. A possible QB platoon hasn't been ruled out either. So we'll just have to wait and see what Belichick has up his sleeve