Might we see a revitalized Cam Newton in 2021?

ESPN’s Mike Reiss reported that the quarterback quietly worked with a throwing coach this offseason to “rebuild some of his fundamentals.” While Jakobi Meyers declined to speculate on the mechanics, the wide receiver did provide a positive review of Newton’s early days at OTAs.

“My QB days fell short a couple years ago, so I obviously couldn’t even tell you, but I know he does look good right now,” Meyers said during a Zoom call. “All the guys definitely have been putting in a lot of work and it’s exciting to see what’s coming forward.”

Newton’s mechanics were an issue in 2020, as he threw just eight touchdown passes and 10 interceptions en route to an 82.9 passer rating.

PRAISING MAC: Rookie quarterback Mac Jones has only been on the field for a couple days of voluntary OTAs, but he’s already earning strong reviews from his new Patriots teammates.

The No. 15 overall pick was known for throwing a “catchable ball” at Alabama, and Meyers on Tuesday confirmed that’s still the case.

“He’s been definitely easy to work with,” Meyers said. “He probably won’t run past everybody, so throwing a catchable ball is definitely something that got him to where he is, and he’s blessed to have the arm talent he has. So it’s definitely nice working with him. He does throw a catchable ball. All the guys, I feel like they’re here for a reason. I feel like that’s definitely one of the reasons he’s here.”

“I mean, I think he looks good, all-around,” guard Mike Onwenu said. “I think he fits the personnel, fits the team.”

Jones joins veterans Cam Newton, Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer on a seasoned Patriots depth chart. Elsewhere on the roster there are plenty of new faces, and Meyers was happy to report that wide receivers Nelson Ahgolor and Kendrick Bourne are fitting in nicely, too.

“They’re family already,” Meyers said. “I love having them around. Just the energy they bring and how hard they work. They’re definitely two guys that you can tell they want to be the best at what they do. Every day we come in here, they push each other. They push us. They’ve definitely brought some new life to the room and I’m definitely excited to have them here.


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