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Patriots players are fired up about Cam Newton's reported signing

Patriots players are fired up about Cam Newton's reported signing

News travels fast in NFL circles.

The New England Patriots stunned the league Sunday night by reportedly signing free-agent quarterback Cam Newton to a one-year contract worth up to $7.5 million.

The Patriots were expected to enter 2020 with second-year QB Jarrett Stidham and journeyman backup Brian Hoyer as their QB duo, but now they have a three-time Pro Bowler and former NFL MVP in Newton.

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And apparently his soon-to-be teammates are very excited about that.

Here's Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore, safeties Devin and Jason McCourty, running back James White and several other New England players reacting to the news on Twitter:

Patriots running back Brandon Bolden and cornerback J.C. Jackson also weighed in on Instagram, where Newton himself commented "-1ØVĒ🤟🏾" on the NFL's post announcing the news.

Newton turned 31 in May and played just two games for the Carolina Panthers last year due to a foot injury, but he gives New England a legitimate replacement for Tom Brady. Baltimore Ravens quarterback Robert Griffin III was one of many players impressed by the Patriots' move, writing "They playing chess not checkers" in the comment section.

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who has been working out with Newton this offseason, also joined a handful of NFL stars in reacting to the news.

So, Brady is out and Newton is in for the Patriots. Who saw that coming at this point last year?

Patriots 53-man roster projection entering training camp

Patriots 53-man roster projection entering training camp

The Patriots have already hit the field in Foxboro, but we'll have to wait until Monday to see them put the pads on for the first time.

It will be a training camp unlike any other; New England was supposed to open the preseason Thursday night against the Lions — and their 2020 season-opener against the Dolphins is just a month away.

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But Bill Belichick will have a lot of decisions to make over the next few weeks. Will Cam Newton seize the starting QB job as expected — and will the team carry both Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer as well? How can the team make up for a league-high eight opt-outs including defensive stalwarts Dont'a Hightower and Patrick Chung along with starting right tackle Marcus Cannon? How many of the team's 10 draft picks from this spring will make the team?

Those questions will be answered over the coming weeks, but before practices begin in earnest, let's take an early look at how the team's roster will shake out.

Click here for the Patriots' 53-man roster projection entering training camp.

 

Lamar Miller, agent Drew Rosenhaus confirm RB's signing with Patriots

Lamar Miller, agent Drew Rosenhaus confirm RB's signing with Patriots

Lamar Miller officially is a member of the New England Patriots, it appears.

The Patriots still haven't announced Miller's signing after a report Monday that the free-agent running back had agreed to a one-year contract with the team.

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But Miller's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, confirmed his client put pen to paper Wednesday to join the Patriots.

Miller also confirmed the news by sharing Rosenhaus' announcement on his Instagram story.

 

Miller has topped 1,000 rushing yards in two of his eight NFL seasons and made the Pro Bowl with the Houston Texans in 2018. He missed the entire 2019 season due to a torn ACL, however, and his days as a workhorse running back might be behind him at age 29.

Still, the Patriots could use Miller's services with reports that Sony Michel may not be ready for Week 1 as he recovers from ankle surgery. Miller could fill Michel's role as an early-down rusher to complement James White, Rex Burkhead and Damien Harris.

Miller wasn't spotted at Patriots training camp Wednesday, but expect him to show up at Gillette Stadium soon now that his deal is official.