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Norv Turner told Belichick that Cam Newton would be great fit

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6/29/2020 8:56:59 AM
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The man to last call plays for Newton in Carolina, Norv Turner, views Cam Newton in New England as a pairing that can shine, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports. Turner told Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated that he spoke with coach Bill Belichick earlier this offseason and provided a glowing review.

"My whole deal is, when Cam was healthy, and we were there with him [in 2018], we were 6-2," Turner said. "Just look at the tape -- played his ass off. His issue was more health than anything else, and from what I understand, I don't think these are health issues that he can't overcome. He's had the time off now. I think he'll be great."

In those eight games under Turner in 2018, Newton looked phenomenal and back to his 2015 NFL MVP level. Turner spent that offseason discussing how he wanted to help turn Newton into a Ben Roethlisberger-type passer. It looked good for eight weeks, as the signal-caller completed 177 of 263 pass attempts (67.3 percent) for 1,893 yards with 15 TDs and four INTs at 7.2 yards per attempt, and rushed 73 times for 342 yards and four more scores.

Belichick probably didn't need a ton of help examining what type of difference-maker Newton can be on the field if healthy. All he needed to do was dig out one of his old scouting reports.

"When you're talking about mobile quarterbacks, guys that are tough to handle, tackle, can throw, run, make good decisions -- I mean, I would put Newton at the top the list," Belichick said in 2017 before a game against the Panthers, via Mike Reiss of ESPN.

"Not saying that there aren't a lot of other good players that do that, but I would say, of all the guys we play or have played recently in the last couple of years, he's the hardest guy to deal with. He makes good decisions, he can run, he's strong, he's hard to tackle. He can do a lot of different things, beat you in a lot of different ways. We saw that in the game down there in '13, so I would put him at the top of the list. Not saying the other guys aren't a problem, because they are, but he's public enemy No. 1."

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