NFL world reacts to Patriots benching Cam Newton after another brutal performance

Dec 28, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) runs for a touchdown in front of Buffalo Bills cornerback Taron Johnson (24) during the second quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

It’s becoming increasingly clear that former NFL MVP Cam Newton is no longer a starter-caliber quarterback in the league. The New England Patriots signal caller entered Monday’s action against the Buffalo Bills having put up five touchdown passes against 10 interceptions in 13 starts this season. That’s impressively bad.

Could Cam Newton possibly hit another low against the AFC East division champs as his Patriots play out a lost season? That question was answered in resounding fashion through the first 2.5 quarters of action in New England.

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Patriots bench QB Cam Newton after horrible performance

Patriots QB Cam Newton benched after disastrous start.
Dec 28, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) is helped up after being sacked by Buffalo Bills strong safety Dean Marlowe (31) (not pictured) in the half quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

At one point early in the third quarter, Buffalo held a 31-9 lead. For his part, Newton had thrown for 14 net passing yards on 10 attempts at that point. He was ultimately benched for backup quarterback Jarrett Stidham.

This came after Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was clearly frustrated with something on the sideline. An educated guess would be that said frustration was over Newton’s no-good outing.

NFL world reacts to Patriots benching Cam Newton

At this point, it’s almost a foregone conclusion that Cam Newton will be one-and-done in New England. The Patriots will (and must) find an upgrade under center.

Sadly, this also likely spells the end of Newton’s tenure as a starting quarterback in the NFL. Whether injuries have caught up to him or something else, he’s just not the same guy we saw at Auburn and during the first five years of his career with the Carolina Panthers.

This is not to dog on Cam Newton. Rather, it’s the objective truth after watching him play 14 games for the New England Patriots this season.