New England Patriots OC Josh McDaniels says Cam Newton has ‘different grasp of offense’ in Year 2

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS –
Coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots has declared Cam Newton the team's top quarterback at this time, and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels has already noticed a difference in Newton's second year with the team.

“When he arrived, he was in a unique situation because he had no prior experience or exposure to our system.
I honestly can't recall another time in my career when we had a player do that.
So it was a one-of-a-kind situation “McDaniels stated this in his first public remarks of the offseason on Thursday.

“He worked his buttocks off last year to do it, and he returned this year in a much different position.
He has a different understanding of the offence, as well as a different understanding of the terminology.
We're now working on fine-tuning the precision and details.”

This has included a focus on fundamentals, which McDaniels believes is essential for all quarterbacks.
He praised Newton, saying, “He's worked really hard at it.”

Newton, 32, has been participating in voluntary organised team activities, and Belichick praised him for his leadership and professionalism last week.

Meanwhile, the Patriots are naturally optimistic about rookie quarterback Mac Jones, their 15th overall first-round pick from Alabama.
Jones “dove into the playbook,” according to Belichick, and McDaniels noted that the goal for all rookies in the spring is to teach them the system so they can compete with more experienced players come training camp in late July.

McDaniels explained what the Patriots liked about Jones: “He won a lot of games during his time at Alabama.
He was in some big games and high-pressure situations.
He is in charge of the football.
He's shown an ability to function at a high level in their offence and system, using their terminology.
He played in a conference that is widely regarded as one of the best, if not the best, in college football.”

Jones has been practising with the Patriots wearing the temporary No. 50, which is a recent Belichick tradition for all rookies to wear non-traditional numbers in the spring.
On the quarterback depth chart, Jones joins Newton, veteran Brian Hoyer, and third-year man Jarrett Stidham.

McDaniels stated, “We've got four great guys in the room.”
“Being able to give them all opportunities this spring is invaluable, and it is a great opportunity for us to collectively make progress in that room to prepare them to compete in August.”

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