Former Patriots player explains why Cam Newton won't start for New England

The Patriots made a big announcement this month when they signed Cam Newton.

Newton was dominant in Carolina, leading the Panthers to a Super Bowl appearance while also winning MVP. Injuries have limited him in recent years, but many feel he's still one of the best quarterbacks in the league. So they were surprised when he lasted in free agency for as long as he did.

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And when he signed with the Patriots, it was assumed that he'd been brought there to become the starting quarterback. However, some believe 2019 fourth-round draft pick Jarrett Stidham will actually start for New England this season.

Scott Zolak, who played for the Patriots from 1991 to 1998, said on the "Zolak & Bertrand" radio show why he believes Stidham will start.

"I believe Stidham will be starting QB from the people I talk to and people that I trust: the players, people tied to the team, team captains," Zolak said. "The way they speak of Jarrett Stidham and the work he has put in."

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Zolak also went on to talk about how Stidham has continued to work out despite talk of him talking a break.

"A lot of people thought Stidham was on a two-week vacation on a wedding tour down in Texas," Zolak said. "He did go to a wedding and spent time with family — and he worked out every day with pro-caliber receivers. That's what I was told."

Stidham was seen working out with Patriots receivers this week.

While Zolak and a few others still believe Stidham will start for the Patriots, Newton has been talking as if he's the starter. We'll find out soon enough who will actually be taking snaps under center for New England this season.

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