Cam Newton recommended to Patriots by Norv Turner

New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton's former offensive coordinator Norv Turner gave Patriots head coach Bill Belichick a "strong recommendation" to sign Newton in a conversation earlier this offseason, writes Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated.

What It Means:

Turner was Newton's last full-time offensive coordinator with the Carolina Panthers. “My whole deal is, when Cam was healthy, and we were there with him, we were 6–2," Turner said about the start of the 2018 season. "Just look at the tape—played his a** 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.” Newton was bothered by a shoulder issue over the second half of 2018 and a foot injury suffered in the preseason limited him to just two games last year. If Newton is now healthy, he's expected to beat out Jarrett Stidham for the Patriots' starting job. Adam Schefter of ESPN also reported that the Patriots were the only team to offer Newton a contract.

Cam is the QB10 in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings. Our models project him for 3,748.3 passing yards with 26.1 touchdowns and 14.6 interceptions, plus another 392.1 rushing yards and 5.1 touchdowns.