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Cam Newton said that he will use his doubters as fuel to help him play in the 2021 season.
It's simple, Newton stated on Instagram. Focus on what you are doing. It is important to feed it. If it isn't in my center, I don't feed it. It feeds off me, but it is not my food. They are two distinct things. It's two different things. When I dwell on hate, it is the product that comes out: anger, rage. That is the hatred that uses me and not me using the hate. That is why I want to take that information and use it as fuel. I don't dwell on what someone may say or do, she may say. I use it to my advantage, and feed what I want.
After a disappointing debut season, Newton will likely be the Patriots' starting quarterback in 2021. Newton threw for 2,657 yards, eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also added 592 yards and 12 score on the ground.
The Patriots were able to finish 7-9, their first season below.500 since 2000.
New England entered the offseason determined to add offensive talent. The team signed tight ends Jonnu Smith, Hunter Henry, and wideouts Nelson Agholor. Bill Belichick also selected Mac Jones as a first-round draft pick. Newton will likely be playing in the second season as the Patriots' quarterback, as the Alabama product is considered the future of football.
Newton is now over a decade removed from his MVP-winning 2015 campaign, and has an injury history that exceeds a CVS receipt. He's likely to be playing his best football at 32 years old, but he's still far more talented than he was last season.
Newton should be able to prove his doubters wrong as he expects. This will give him a chance for a bounce-back in 2021.