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Patriots fans will enjoy Cam Newton's Instagram video of workout with Mohamed Sanu

Patriots fans will enjoy Cam Newton's Instagram video of workout with Mohamed Sanu

Cam Newton is already hard at work preparing for the 2020 NFL season.

Newton and the New England Patriots reportedly have agreed to a one-year contract that could be worth as much as $7.5 million with incentives.

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The 31-year-old quarterback was on the free agent market for several months after being released by the Carolina Panthers in March. The whole league passed on him until the Patriots finally took the chance on signing him. Therefore, we should expect a highly motivated Newton entering the 2020 season. Not only does he want to prove his doubters wrong, a strong 2020 campaign would also give him a better chance to land a more lucrative contract next offseason.

Motivation was among the themes of Newton's latest Instagram video, which includes footage from his recent workout with Patriots wide receiver Mohamed Sanu in Los Angeles. 

Check it out in the post below (WARNING: the video contains some NSFW language).

Newton is not guaranteed to win the starting quarterback job for the Patriots. He should receive tough competition from 2019 fourth-round draft pick Jarrett Stidham, who impressed in last year's training camp and preseason.

It's still hard to bet against Newton, though. The former league MVP is clearly determined to show he's still one of the top 12 or 15 quarterbacks in pro football and get his career back on track.

NFL Rumors: Sony Michel may not be ready for Patriots' season opener

NFL Rumors: Sony Michel may not be ready for Patriots' season opener

The New England Patriots are incredibly deep at running back. So, why are they reportedly bringing in Lamar Miller?

Part of that answer may have to do with Sony Michel, who had foot surgery in May and began training camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.

According to The Athletic's Jeff Howe, it's "no sure thing" Michel will be healthy for the Patriots' 2020 season opener against the Miami Dolphins on Sept. 13.

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"There’s such an uncertain nature in the recovery from any foot surgery that it can be a challenge to predict a defined timeline," Howe wrote. "But right now, Michel is not on the doorstep."

That's obviously concerning news for the third-year running back, who also missed three games as a rookie due to a knee injury. Michel played in all 16 games last season, though, and led New England with 912 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns on 247 carries.

The Patriots have until Labor Day weekend to activate Michel from the PUP list; if they don't, he'll miss at least the first six weeks of the season.

It appears Miller is their Michel insurance policy as an early-down, workhorse running back to complement James White, Rex Burkhead and Damien Harris after Brandon Bolden opted out of the 2020 season.

Considering Michel's current status, they may have to use that "insurance policy" right off the bat.

Did Cam Newton suggest he's not long for Patriots in Instagram post?

Did Cam Newton suggest he's not long for Patriots in Instagram post?

Cam Newton is on a mission this year. But once that mission is completed, he may not hang around much longer.

The 31-year-old quarterback, who's on a one-year bargain contract with the New England Patriots, seemed to suggest as much Tuesday night in an Instagram post of himself in a Patriots jersey.

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Here's the post, with the text translated below in case you don't feel like reading Wingdings:

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"They say, ‘Yo BOOGIE, you lookin’ real rough!! You didn’t know you were taking pics today?’ I simply reply, ‘I been grinding!!'

"They say, Yo BOOGIE, why you not smiling in none of your pics; you not happy?' I simply reply, ‘I’m not here to play games, crack jokes, ETC..... YOU KNOW WHAT I'M HERE FOR!!'

“ 'I ain’t here for a long time. I’m here for a good time' - George Strait"

That last line is particularly notable. Sure, he's just quoting George Strait's "Here for a Good Time," and there's a danger in over-analyzing song lyrics.

But this is the first time Newton has acknowledged (if implicitly) his current situation: 31 other teams passed on him for four months in free agency due to concerns about foot and shoulder injuries that kept him out of 16 games over the last two seasons.

If the three-time Pro Bowler has a bounce-back season with the Patriots and proves he's still an elite QB, he'll want to be paid like one in 2021 free agency. Perhaps he's aware New England isn't likely to meet his financial demands, especially with second-year QB Jarrett Stidham waiting in the wings.

Newton and the Patriots was the perfect marriage of QB and club that needed each other in 2020. But that marriage may not last into 2021, a reality that seemingly isn't lost on Newton.