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Motivation for Cam Newton? Patriots QB receives no votes in top 10 QB survey

Motivation for Cam Newton? Patriots QB receives no votes in top 10 QB survey

Cam Newton was the best player in football during his 2015 NFL MVP campaign.

Now, the New England Patriots' new quarterback isn't even in the conversation of the NFL's top 10 QBs.

That's according to an ESPN survey of 50 "league executives, coaches, scouts and players" who were asked to submit their top 10 to 15 signal-callers in the NFL right now. Here's the consensus top 10, which includes ex-Patriots QB Tom Brady at No. 7:

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1. Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs
2. Russell Wilson, Seahawks
3. Aaron Rodgers, Packers
4. Deshaun Watson, Texans
5. Drew Brees, Saints
6. Lamar Jackson, Ravens
7. Tom Brady, Buccaneers
8. Carson Wentz, Eagles
9. Dak Prescott, Cowboys
10. Matthew Stafford, Lions

According to ESPN.com's Jeremy Fowler, nine other QBs received at least one top-10 vote -- including Jimmy Garoppolo, Sam Darnold, Jared Goff and Derek Carr -- but Newton wasn't among them.

Newton's omission isn't necessarily surprising: The 31-year-old played just two games last season and has undergone shoulder and foot surgeries in the last two years. He hasn't made the Pro Bowl since 2015 and was hampered by injuries and ineffectiveness during his final seasons with the Carolina Panthers, save for a brief resurgence during the 2018 campaign.

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Those injury concerns are why the Patriots were able to sign Newton on a paltry base contract after he went unclaimed for three months in free agency.

But even if that's all true, Newton can still add this ranking to his bulletin board. The nine-year veteran already seems to determined to silence his critics in 2020, and that fact that his NFL contemporaries don't view him as "elite" should only add to the chip on his shoulder.

NFL Rumors: Patriots plan to sign TE Jordan Leggett, DT Darius Kilgo

NFL Rumors: Patriots plan to sign TE Jordan Leggett, DT Darius Kilgo

The New England Patriots have more open roster spots than any NFL team, but they're reportedly beginning to fill them.

The Patriots plan to sign tight end Jordan Leggett and defensive tackle Darius Kilgo assuming both free agents pass their COVID-19 tests and physicals, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Monday.

New England hosted both players for visits last week, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.

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Leggett began his NFL career with the New York Jets in 2017 but missed his entire rookie year due to a knee injury. He caught 14 passes for 114 yards and one touchdown during the 2018 campaign but hasn't played a regular-season snap since after spending the 2019 season on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' practice squad.

Still, the 25-year-old would add depth to a thin tight end group in New England: Ryan Izzo joins rookies Devin Asiasi and Dalton Keene as the only tight ends on the roster after Matt LaCosse opted out of the 2020 season.

Kilgo has spent four NFL seasons on six different teams and spent part of the 2016 campaign in New England, earning a Super Bowl ring while finishing the season on the Patriots' practice squad.

The 28-year-old missed his 2019 season with the Detroit Lions due to injury and last played an NFL snap with the Tennessee Titans in 2018.

Patriots' Julian Edelman sounds eager to move on from Tom Brady questions

Patriots' Julian Edelman sounds eager to move on from Tom Brady questions

Julian Edelman and Tom Brady were inseperable for much of the past decade, so it's fair to wonder how the New England Patriots wide reciever feels about losing his longtime quarterback to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

It's also fair of Edelman to want to put the Brady era behind him.

The veteran wide receiver gamely fielded questions about Brady in a video conference Monday but seemed intent on spinning the narrative forward rather than harping on the QB's absence.

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"Obviously it's a little different (not having Brady around), but you've got to move on and understand this is a business," Edelman said. "You wish him well. That's when you instantly start thinking about what you have to do to prepare yourself to go out and contribute and help the team for the upcoming year.

"We've played a lot of ball together. I love him to death, but the train keeps moving, as it will when I'm not playing here or something. I mean, it always keeps going. So, we've got to worry about the people we have here."

Edelman and Brady won three Super Bowls together during their 11 seasons as teammates, and Brady was instrumental in Edelman's rise from converted college quarterback to Super Bowl MVP.

But reports have indicated the 34-year-old wide receiver is motivated to prove he's not just a product of his quarterback, and that motivation peeked through Monday.

"There's a lot of guys that are passionate for football," Edelman said. "Of course Tom has a passion that's a very big one. But he's moved on and he's somewhere else.

"We're worried about the passion of the players that are on this team right now, and I can tell you right now, there's a lot of guys that are very passionate and very hungry."

One of those players is new quarterback Cam Newton, who's expected to replace Brady as the Patriots' starter. Edelman and Newton linked up for workouts earlier this summer, so if he lamented the loss of his former QB, he didn't do so for long.