Greg Van Roten, Cam Newton, Bill Belichick
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New York Jets guard Greg Van Roten shares thoughts on his former teammate, New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton.

If anybody knows, it’s Greg Van Roten.

One of the New York Jets newest guards played for the Carolina Panthers from 2017 through 2019—starting the last two seasons. Therefore, he, of course, played with quarterback Cam Newton.

Van Roten did not hold back recently when asked what he thought about his former teammate’s new marriage with Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots.

“It’s definitely terrifying to think if Cam Newton’s healthy and he’s in Belichick’s offense, you know, in my division, it could be a long year for the other teams, because he’s a game-changer,” Van Roten said while on with SiriusXM NFL Radio on Saturday. “He came into the league, you know, he’s a league MVP, brought a team to the Super Bowl — he’s just built differently than a lot of quarterbacks. And he’s a headache to game plan for.”

Newton, 31, signed a one-year deal with the Pats in late June—a move widely-applauded by NFL onlookers. The 2015 NFL MVP is, by all accounts, hungry and ready to roll in a season New England is looking to replace its greatest all-time player, Tom Brady.

“He came into the league, you know, he’s a league MVP, brought a team to the Super Bowl — he’s just built differently than a lot of quarterbacks. And he’s a headache to game plan for.”

As far as the big heavy in this story is concerned, he’s officially returned home. The Rockville Centre, NY native signed a three-year deal with the Jets this past offseason. He’ll have tough competition ahead of him (Alex Lewis, Brian Winters and Cameron Clark), but Joe Douglas is certainly pleased to have Van Roten in tow.

For both former Panthers, the 2020 season will represent change. One returns home while the other looks to replace a legend. The homecoming boy believes the quarterback makes for a scary proposition up north in the AFC East.

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Robby Sabo is a co-founder, developer and credentialed New York Jets content creator for Jets X-Factor | Jet X, which includes Sabo's Sessions (in-depth film breakdowns) and Sabo with the Jets. Host: Underdog Jets Podcast with Wayne Chrebet and Sabo Radio. Member: Pro Football Writers of America. Coach: Port Jervis (NY) High School. Washed up strong safety and 400M runner. Founder: Elite Sports NY - ESNY (sold in 2020). SEO: XLM Email: robby.sabo[at]jetsxfactor.com
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verge tibbs
2 years ago

Hmm.. is gvr’s hair just real messy after a game in that pic? Or was he in the beginning stages of growing a robbie anderson statue of liberty do? Heh