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The NFL community responds to Cam Newton’s hot start for the Patriots in Week 2 of preseason.

Despite the absence of key defensive line starters, the Eagles continued to put pressure on Newton, forcing him to step up in the pocket and slither around to make consistent throws.
In the past, the former NFL MVP has had a reputation for taking off running.
Newton stood in the pocket, easily moved around when the pressure was on, and confidently threw strikes all over the field, whether it was to defend himself during a low-stakes exhibition match or as a sign of actual improvement.
Although signing with the Patriots late in the offseason, Newton still managed a 7-8 record as a starter despite having a scarcity of skill-position personnel at his disposal.
Plus, he was sick with COVID-19 during the season and wasn’t himself afterwards.
Thus, if Newton is the great teammate and leader the Patriots have praised since he arrived, it stands to reason that he’ll be even better in 2021.
To be clear, there’s no reason to overreact to what happens in the preseason, but the specific circumstances of Newton’s situation last year, the harsh criticism he received, and Jones’ presence all play a role here.
It was a high-pressure situation, and Newton rose to the occasion.
Cam Newton has been lauded by the NFL community for his excellent preseason performance against the Panthers.

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As No. 22 on the NFL 100, Brett Favre stood out the most, but he made sure everyone fit in.

Billy Joe Tolliver can’t recall laughing harder than when his new Atlanta Falcons teammate, Brett Favre, made an unannounced visit in a hotel hallway before a game versus Washington at the old RFK Stadium during the 1991 NFL season.
Tolliver stated, “I mean, I thought I was going to die, I’ve never laughed so hard.”
This could be the funniest Favre story shared here on the occasion of his No. 1 ranking.
The Athletics are ranked 22nd in the NFL 100.
To be honest, where Favre ranks on such a list doesn’t matter much to the players who played beside him in 302 games for the Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, New York Jets, and Minnesota Vikings over the course of 20 seasons.
The 71,838 yards passing, 508 touchdowns, and 336 interceptions don’t count as much to Favre’s football brothers as the teammate whose ability to connect with each of them off the field, regardless of background, inspired them on it.
“As a player, I don’t think you’ll ever see another Brett Favre, and here’s why,” said LeRoy Butler, a former Green Bay safety.
“When he got into this locker room, he fit in with everyone: the African-Americans, the white people, the older guys, the younger guys playing Atari and SEGA Genesis, the rookies, the coaches, the towel guys, the guys who walk around with the giant tweezers to pick up the dirty stuff — everybody.”
“He lived two houses down from the house I bought in Green Bay, so he had to drive by my house to go to his house,” said Tyrone Williams, a third-round pick in 1996, the year Favre won the second of his three consecutive MVP awards.

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10 takeaways from the Bengals’ win over the Buccaneers, according to Dehner Jr.

TAMPA, Fla. — Returning on the road and playing real football games was a rewarding experience.
Cincinnati accomplished one of three steps toward being ready for the season opener against Minnesota by defeating the Super Bowl champions 19-14.
Even though the starters didn’t play much and Joe Burrow didn’t play at all in the opener, there was still plenty to watch and learn from.
This was the night for you if you were drafted in 2020 or 2021 and had no NFL experience.
The rookies provided a slew of reasons to cheer.
Here are some of the things I noticed in Tampa that stuck out in the context of the season.1.