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Patriots players share early Cam Newton impressions: 'A lot of great energy'

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We've heard a lot about Cam Newton and watched plenty of his Instagram workout videos. But what's the New England Patriots quarterback like once he joins his new teammates?

We're starting to find out this week, as Newton and the Patriots have reported to Gillette Stadium to begin their slow ramp-up to training camp.

While the Patriots haven't begun formal practices yet, it sounds like the 31-year-old QB is making a good first impression.

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"Yeah, he's been great. A lot of great energy," offensive guard Joe Thuney said Wednesday in a video conference with reporters. "Just works hard so far. It's been great to meet him and everything, and looking forward to seeing what happens."

Others are excited to have Newton aboard for more selfish reasons.

"It feels good to have more Auburn guys than (Alabama) guys now," Patriots cornerback Jonathan Jones said Wednesday in his virtual media session.

Newton and Jones join quarterback Jarrett Stidham and wide receiver Will Hastings as the four Auburn Tigers on New England's roster, surpassing the Patriots' three Alabama players in Dont'a Hightower, Damien Harris and Anfernee Jennings.

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Jones didn't overlap with Newton at Auburn -- he arrived on campus in 2012, while Newton's lone season was in 2010 -- but has spoken with the Heisman Trophy winner in the past. In fact, Jones admitted Newton's success at Auburn was a big reason why he picked the Tigers as a high school recruit.

 

"I could see (he was) the face of the program," Jones said. "... Just the foundation that they were laying with that program -- when he was there it was definitely a turning point for Auburn. So as a junior coming out (of high school) and going to those recruiting visits and watching them play and seeing that foundation, it meant a lot to me coming out."

Now that he and Newton are teammates, Jones says he's "excited to have him" in New England and "ready to get to work." Even if the Patriots aren't quite sure what that work will look like.

"We've been so limited in what we can do outside," Thuney said when asked what "new elements" Newton can bring to the Patriots' offense. "It's so early, I'm not entirely sure."