Cam Newton is still Patriots starting quarterback, says Bill Belichick


FOXBOROUGH – There won’t be any quarterback controversy at Gillette Stadium this week.

Although Cam Newton was lifted for Jarrett Stidham early in the fourth quarter of New England’s loss to the 49ers, Bill Belichick made it clear that the veteran was still the starting quarterback to move forward.

“Yeah, absolutely,” Belichick said. “I just wanted to give Stid a little experience here.”

Newton struggled mightily in the 33-6 loss, throwing three interceptions in 15 passing attempts. All of the picks were his fault, and he also opened up receivers from a jump and led N’Keal Harry in a bad shot that kicked him out of the game. However, Stidham wasn’t much better relieved, throwing his own interception in his first offensive streak.

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