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New Patriots Training Camp: Will Cam Newton Win The Starting Job?

Cam Newton enters the New England Patriots’ 2021 training camp as the favorite to start at quarterback. (PHOTO COURTESY: AP Photo/Steven Senne, Pool)

By Matt Noonan

A brand new season of New England Patriots football is quickly approaching — are you ready for some football?

I am — I have been counting the days, weeks, and months since the Patriots concluded their 2020 campaign with a two-touchdown victory over the New York Jets in January at Gillette Stadium.

Like many, I am excited to see how some of the team’s offseason signings mesh with members of last year’s squad, including quarterback Cam Newton, who will enter the team’s 2021 training camp on Wednesday, July 28 as the favorite to be spotted under center in week one against the Miami Dolphins.

Newton did not have a great 2020 season — I think many know that or are aware of how he performed last fall. But coach Bill Belichick has acquired some solid pieces for the offense over the past few months, including tight ends Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith. Both players should certainly help Newton, as well as the offense, perform even better than they did last season — New England won just seven games in 2020 but had a chance to squeak out a few more victories had things gone their way down the stretch, especially against the Buffalo Bills in New York.

With a full year under his belt, along with some offseason practices (and meetings, of course), Newton enters training camp more prepared than he was last year, however, he certainly will be challenged by Mac Jones, who the Patriots selected in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft in April.

Like Newton, Jones competed in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) — Jones played at Alabama while Newton competed at Auburn — and should be ready to take the reigns from the league’s most valuable player in 2015.

Jones led the Crimson Tide to a national championship in January — Alabama rolled past Ohio State, 52-24, in the College Football Playoff National Championship contest, which was held in Miami Gardens, Florida — and recorded career-highs in completions (311), passing yards (4,500), and touchdowns (41). And despite seeing limited action in 2018 and 2019, Jones should be able to translate his junior season’s success to the NFL this summer and fall.

Jones certainly has what it takes to challenge Newton for the starting quarterback spot — I am unsure if Jarrett Stidham is ready to slide up the depth chart considering he will begin his team’s camp Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.

Selected in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, Stidham has competed in eight games since becoming a member of the Patriots organization, including five contests last season. The former Auburn signal-caller completed 22 of 44 passes for a career and season-high 250 yards and two touchdowns. He did, however, throw three interceptions compared to one in 2019.

Numerous talking heads, along with various analysts believe Mac Jones could be the starter in the opening week, but it will all depend on how he handles himself during in-game situations. As Patriots.com’s Mike Dussault explains, “Every throw of 11-on-11 work will be dissected ad nauseam, but the bottom line is whether or not Jones or Stidham do enough to dethrone Newton, and can Newton hold them off by taking significant strides in his second year in the offense.”

For now, my bet is Cam Newton will be the starter in the opening week, but I do think Patriots fans will see Mac Jones under center at some point this fall — maybe against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in week four? I am not sure if week four is when Jones will be thrusted into the lineup, but we’ll certainly learn more about his readiness when the Patriots scrimmage the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles later this summer. Those inter-squad practices will help us identify which quarterback(s) is ready to lead the hometown team to hopefully a postseason appearance next January.

Mass. High School Football: Sectional Semifinal Predictions (MIAA D5)

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

The sectional semifinals for Massachusetts high school football are upon us, which means it is time to dish out some picks for this week’s games, specifically Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) D5 games.

Contests for this weekend begin tomorrow, Friday, November 3rd – make sure to stay connected on social media, specifically Twitter (@MattNoonan11) or (@NoontimeSports) for scores, updates and news.


D5 North Playoffs

(5) Newburyport at (1) Lynnfield | Friday, Nov. 3rd, 7 p.m.
PICK: Lynnfield 28, Newburyport 14

(6) Watertown at (2) Somerville | Friday, Nov. 3rd, 7 p.m.
PICK: Somerville 26, Watertown 16


D5 South Playoffs 

(5) Foxboro at (1) Dennis-Yarmouth | Nov. 3rd, 6 p.m.
PICK: Dennis-Yarmouth 30, Foxboro 15

(3) Scituate at (2) Medfield |Nov. 3rd, 6:30 p.m.
PICK: Medfield 28, Scituate 20


D5 Central Playoffs 

(4) Northbridge vs. (1) Nipmuc | Nov. 4th, 2:30 p.m. 
PICK: Nipmuc 23, Northbridge 14

(3) Auburn at (2) Oakmont | Nov. 3rd, 7 p.m. 
PICK: Auburn 24, Oakmont 17


D5 West Playoffs

(4) Amherst at (1) West Springfield | Nov. 3rd, 7 p.m.
PICK: West Springfield 31, Amherst 14

(3) East Longmeadow at (2) Longmeadow | Nov. 3rd, 7 p.m. 
PICK: Longmeadow 28, E. Longmeadow 20

Daily Noontime – July 14, 2011

Team USA continued their exciting run on Wednesday with an impressive 3-1 win against France!

Good Thursday to everyone and welcome into the one and only Daily Noontime! You’re excited, right? Absolutely you’re excited, (insert laughing sound effect). Any who, here’s the day’s headlines and news, so enjoy! 

Headlines: 

* Team USA defeated France in the FIFA World Cup semi-finals on Wednesday and will now take on Japan in the finals. However, some believe that this particular national team puts on a show that can’t be missed.

* It’s official, NFL quarterbacks Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning want a new CBA, as well as the owners to cooperate.

* Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo has been enjoying the NBA Lockout. OK that’s definitely an understatement, bur really, he’s in the news due to his elbow.

* Now that the Milwaukee Brewers have Francisco Rodriguez on their roster, one has to imagine that they’re interested in making a playoff run, right?

* The New England Revolution appeared to be no match for Manchester United, who beat them Wednesday evening at Gillette Stadium, 4-1.

* Apparently the NCAA has turned their attention to the University of Auburn as of recently and wants to find out more in regards to Cam Newton‘s recruitment.

Games to Watch: 

* Cleveland at Baltimore (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern 

* New York Yankees at Toronto (MLB) – 7:07pm eastern 

* San Francisco at San Diego (MLB) – 10:05pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

How awesome is this shot? 

Daily Noontime – May 11, 2011

Good day to everyone and welcome to the Daily Noontime for Wednesday May 11, 2011. How’s everyone doing? Well, while you answer that question, enjoy today’s headlines, news and much more! 

Headlines: 

* The Carolina Panthers selected Cam Newton as their first overall draft pick, but now an Auburn coach has some things to say about the gunslinger.

* Game 5 between the Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks was played on Tuesday. The series was tied, 2-2, but once the buzzer sounded, the Bulls escaped with an important 95-83 victory.

* According to sources, NBA commissioner David Stern and league executive director Billy Hunter have met face-to-face in regards to negotiating a new CBA-contract.

* It’s been a few days since the Los Angles Lakers were eliminated, but now the question remains, what will happen to the team next season?

* Apparently the Houston Astros are in the process of selling their team to a businessman named Jim Crane.

* Los Angles Lakers forward/center Andrew Bynum will officially be suspended for five games next season due fouling J.J. Barea in Game 4 of the Western Conference semi-finals.

Games to Watch: 

* Oakland at Texas (MLB) – 2:05pm eastern

* Boston at Miami (NBA Playoffs) – 7:00pm eastern

* Kansas City at New York Yankees (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern

* Memphis at Oklahoma City (NBA Playoffs) – 9:30pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

This is something you rarely see in the NBA, a player following their own shot, securing a rebound and attempting a second shot!


Daily Noontime – February 25, 2011

Could Jeff Green really help the Boston Celtics?

Good Friday morning to everyone and welcome into yet another Daily Noontime and of course, a brand new weekend! Have a great day, be safe and here are your headlines, news and video of the day!

Headlines:

* The NBA Trade Deadline has come and gone, but one of the biggest trades involved the Boston Celtics and Oklahoma City Thunder.

* How about the Chicago Bulls? “Da Bulls” defeated the Miami Heat on Thursday in an impressive win.

* The Georgetown Hoyas will continue the remainder of their regular season without one of their young stars, Chris Wright.

* According to the NFL mediator, “some progress” has been made between both the players union and owners.

* The NFL combine turned into a variety of question and answers on Thursday and certainly, many NFL team officials wanted to talk with former Auburn University quarterback, Cam Newton.

* Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh believes that Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose is going to be the leagues MVP.

* Good news for Detroit Tigers fans, first baseman Miguel Cabrera has officially shown up to spring training camp after being arrested a week ago for a DUI.

Games to Watch:

* Pittsburgh at Carolina (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern

* New Jersey at Tampa Bay (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern

* Oklahoma City at Orlando (NBA) – 8:00pm eastern

* New Jersey at San Antonio (NBA) – 8:30pm eastern

* Denver at Portland (NBA) – 10:30pm eastern

Video of the Day:

Looks like the Celtics found another member of the “Green Team!”