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Cam Newton keeps it loose, dances during practice at Patriots camp

Cam Newton was known for keeping things light on the practice field during his time with the Carolina Panthers, and even the watchful gaze of the notoriously no-nonsense Bill Belichick apparently will alter the former NFL MVP’s approach.

Footage surfaced of the New England Patriots’ first padded practice of training camp on Monday, and Newton was seen in it busting out some dance moves.

It wasn’t all fun and games for Newton, however, on Monday. Video also made the rounds on social media of the veteran quarterback slinging it around the field, and looking good while doing it.

Reports out of camp indicate the reps between Newton, Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer were split evenly during Monday’s session. That presumably made Newton a lot happier compared to when he was relegated to third in quarterbacking reps last week.

Belichick previously stated the competition for the starter’s job would be an open one, even though Newton’s résumé obviously transcends those of Stidham and Hoyer. The Patriots head coach broke down how the QBs fared when appearing on ESPN Radio after Monday’s session.

“They’ve all been great. I’d say, Cam, I just haven’t had experience working with Cam,” Belichick said on the “Keyshawn, JWill and Zubin Show,” per WEEI. But he works extremely hard. He puts a lot into it, as do Jarrett and Brian. So it’s a really hard-working, competitive group.”

Despite Belichick’s unfamiliarity at this stage, perhaps working in Newton’s favor is not only his experience but also that he arrives on the Patriots with an sizable chip on his shoulder after languishing in free agency once the Panthers released him.

What’s more, it’s evident that Newton intends to continue being himself. It will be interesting to see how Belichick reacts to Newton’s free-spirited approach.