While all signs point to the Las Vegas Raiders keeping quarterback Derek Carr in the long run, they have yet to solidify their ability to open a backup quarterback. Garrett Gilbert was previously signed to the free agency but he has played a total of eight games in his career with just two starts. He’s not a realistic option to come on if something happens to Carr.
The Raiders would be wise to consider adding a backup midfielder who can take on offensive action if necessary. Cam Newton might make sense if he’s willing to take an obvious backup job. Bleacher Report’s Maurice Moton called the Raiders one of the best fit for the former MVP:
Newton could fill some gaps near the line for a team heading into the playoffs and become the midfield version of former full-back Zack Crockett, who scored 28 hasty touchdowns for Silver and Black from 2000 to 2003.
Furthermore, Carr was used to occasionally stepping off the field or lining up in a wide receiving position with Marcus Mariota snapping under the center of the reading area last season. Also of note, Newton is linked with head coach Josh McDaniels, who served as his offensive coordinator with the Patriots in 2020. His 12 hasty touchdowns with New Engalnd placed him in second place. fourth across the league.
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Should Raiders Sign Newton?
There are still teams that can give Newton a better starting shot than the Raiders. Moton also mentioned the Seattle Seahawks as a fit. They don’t have a clear starter right now and Newton can certainly compete there. If he signed with the Raiders, he would have to come in and know he would be a backup.
From a Las Vegas perspective, it would make sense. Newton competed under new head coach Josh McDaniels when they were both with the New England Patriots. He’s had 12 rush hits under the coach in 2020. McDaniels can find certain packs to use Newton in which will take advantage of his quick dash. Carr has great arm talent but isn’t known to play with his feet. Carr last season showed he’s willing to start from a central position and let Mariota catch up. Newton is even more dynamic and will bring an interesting element to the Raiders attack.
A year as a backup can help Newton
There are many quarterbacks in the history of the NFL who have gone from starters to subs later in their careers. However, for Newton it was different. He was one of the biggest names in all of sports during his prime and won an MVP. Such defenders usually have no problem finding work when starting at 32, which is Newton’s current age.
He has struggled to stay healthy in recent years. Taking a year to get in shape while working under a coach he trusts at McDaniels could be a smart move. Obviously, he wants to start and execute but there could be worst-case scenarios. Mariota has spent two years behind Carr and will likely start for the Atlanta Falcons next season. It is very possible that a similar situation could happen with Newton.
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