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Cam Newton mechanics, mindset all under microscope as Patriots QB tries to rediscover prior success

Cam Newton before his positive COVID-19 test and Cam Newton after that haven’t been the same in New England as the buzz around the Patriots quarterback has gone from should he get a contract extension now to should he still be the starter.

Cooler heads have hunted for a reason, something fixable to make Week 8 Newton look more like the Week 1 version.

Bill Belichick brushed off any talk of a COVID hangover as the quarterback was reportedly never symptomatic.

Newton’s throwing mechanics have come under scrutiny as his accuracy has been off. Newton, who threw three interceptions before being pulled Sunday, dismissed his any idea of mechanical issues during his radio appearance on WEEI Monday morning, but that seemed to be part of a wider attempt not to make excuses.