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Three Key Players to Watch for the New England Patriots in 2020

It goes without saying that the 2020 season will have a very different look for the New England Patriots. Gone will be #12 Tom Brady, who is now residing in Tampa with the Bucs.

Enter Cam Newton, a player who was an MVP not all that long ago. The team inked him to a one-year deal this past week hoping he can help the young QB’s on the roster.

There are plenty of questions about this team, and it will clearly up to Bill Belichick to get this team motivated to be the winners they have been over the years.

Today we take a look at three players on the Pats roster in 2020 that will be called upon to be key members of the team’s roster.

1. Cam Newton QB

Without question the team did not sign Newton to have him just sit the bench and wear a baseball cap. He will get snaps under center, and while the team is still very high on Jarrett Stidham, Newton is a player who is a game-changer.

Can Cam regain the form of his MVP seasons of years past, or are the injuries just too much to overcome? Easy questions that we might just find out come training camp.

If Newton is even 80 percent of where he was during those huge seasons for the Panthers, the Pats may have the find of the summer.

2. John Simon DL

A very underrated defensive linemen who has been steady for the Pats since joining their franchise in 2018.

Simon had played for the Baltimore Ravens, the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts before coming to the Patriots.

He had some big splash plays in 2019, as in week six when against the Giants he recorded an interception off a pass from Daniel Jones that was tipped by teammate Stephon Gilmore in the 35-14 win.

In week 7 against the New York Jets, Simon recorded a strip sack on Sam Darnold which was recovered by teammate Kyle Van Noy in the 33-0 win.

Look for more big plays from Simon as he’ll be called upon more in 2020.

3. Stephon Gilmore CB

The nine-year vet may be the best shutdown corners in the game, and with teams looking to take out years of frustrations on the Pats startng in 2020, Gilmore will be called upon to have another huge season.

He was the 2019 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, and the team finished #1 overall in defense, allowing 275.9 yards per game.

Gilmore had two TD’s on interceptions last year, and again this could be a unit that will need to make those types of plays in 2020.


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