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Patriots' Cam Newton easily leads every NFL QB in this stat since 2011

Patriots' Cam Newton easily leads every NFL QB in this stat since 2011

Cam Newton is going to bring a dynamic to the New England Patriots offense that we've rarely seen over the last 20 years.

The 31-year-old veteran, who has reportedly agreed to a one-year contract with the Patriots worth up to $7.5 million, is one of the best running quarterbacks the NFL has ever seen.

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Newton is built like a linebacker at 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds. He's very difficult to tackle, too, and there are a few stats that back up this point. One of them is rushing yards after contact, and Newton leads all quarterbacks in this categoy by a wide margin since he entered the league in 2011.

Here's the top five, per Pro Football Focus:

Newton averaged 601 rushing yards and 7.25 rushing touchdowns per season over his first eight years. He only played in two games last season due to injuries. 

Patriots quarterbacks have rarely escaped the pocket and picked up huge gains on the ground throughout Bill Belichick's two-decade tenure as the team's head coach. Drew Bledsoe and Tom Brady were not giving opposing defensive coordinators nightmares with their athleticism in the open field. 

Newton is different. If healthy, he has the ability to punish defenses with his arm and legs, and that gives offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels a lot of options when it comes to crafting an offensive game plan each week.

We still don't know if Newton will even be the starting quarterback when Week 1 of the 2020 regular season rolls around. He has to beat out Jarrett Stidham, among others, for the job. If Newton does become the starter, we could see a Patriots offense that not only is different schematically from what we've often seen in the past, but also very exciting to watch.

Patriots reveal first photo of Cam Newton in full uniform, new jersey

Patriots reveal first photo of Cam Newton in full uniform, new jersey

New England Patriots fans wondering what Cam Newton would look like in the team's new uniforms no longer have to wait.

The Patriots unveiled headshots of each player earlier last week, and on Tuesday they posted photos of all the players in full uniform. The Patriots, of course, will debut new jerseys during the 2020 NFL season.

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Here's a look at Newton in the Patriots' home blue jersey:

The Patriots also tweeted a link to check out photos of every player in the new jerseys.

Newton signed a one-year contract with the Patriots a little more than a month ago, and if he's able to stay healthy, the former league MVP is the favorite to win the starting quarterback job over Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer.

The Patriots are expected to have their first training camp practice Wednesday.

Patriots' Dont'a Hightower used Super Bowl LI to support fiancée during labor

Patriots' Dont'a Hightower used Super Bowl LI to support fiancée during labor

The greatest comeback in Super Bowl history is three and a half years old, but it certainly isn't forgotten.

Just ask Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower, who brought up New England's miraculous Super Bowl LI victory over the Atlanta Falcons while his fiancée, Morgan Hart, was delivering their baby. Seriously.

Hightower told The Boston Globe's Stan Grossfeld he started chanting "28-3, 28-3" and "Never give up" while Hart entered her 17th hour of labor with their first child last month.

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Apparently the motivational tactic worked, as Hart said Hightower's words helped her push through and deliver their baby boy, Grayson, on July 16.

"It was surreal," Hart told Grossfeld. “It was a long night and a long day, and he kept reminding me, ‘28-3, 28-3,′ meaning you can be behind and come back. Never, never give up."

That's a reference to the deficit New England faced in the third quarter of Super Bowl LI before rallying to win in overtime -- thanks in large part to Hightower's strip sack of Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan early in the fourth quarter.

Hightower still uses the 28-3 reference "all the time," per Grossfeld, but his focus won't be on football in 2020. The 30-year-old linebacker is one of eight Patriots players who have decided to opt out of the 2020 season.

"Not knowing too much about the COVID thing, I don’t want to jeopardize the health of my family," Hightower told Grossfeld. "I understand you can still catch it by going to the grocery store, but I’m not going to put my family’s health at risk for money.

"It’s family first. I want to take all the opportunity that I can to be a great father."

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