Morning sports update: Bill Belichick ‘impressed’ with Cam Newton’s acclimation to Patriots’ offense

"Being with him every day, he’s an extremely hard-working player."

Cam Newton at Patriots training camp.

Tonight, the Bruins face the Lightning in Game 2 at 7 p.m. Boston leads the series 1-0.

The Revolution play D.C. United also at 7 p.m. at Audi Field in Washington D.C.

And the Red Sox are in Buffalo to face the Blue Jays at Sahlen Field at 6:37 p.m.

Bill Belichick praised Cam Newton: After the Patriots signed Cam Newton in July, there were some who questioned if the former NFL MVP could work with Bill Belichick. Given that it’s still training camp, that question remains to be answered.

Early signs appear to be positive, based on what Belichick said in an interview with Rich Eisen on Monday.

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“I have learned a lot about Cam,” Belichick explained. “I had never really had any interaction with Cam, and then when we signed him, we had some phone calls and WebEx meetings and stuff like that.

“Being with him every day, he’s an extremely hard-working player,” Belichick continued. “First guy in, last one out type of guy. He really has studied hard and he has spent a lot of extra time trying to learn our offense and our communication and our calls, and nomenclature and so forth. Yeah, I’ve been very impressed with that. He’s done a good job of picking it up. He’s a very skilled athlete and we’re just working through it day-by-day.”

Still, Belichick knows that Newton has much more to do before he’s the starter. As it stands, the Patriots remain in a quarterback competition.

“We have a long way to go,” Belichick added, “but we’re making steps and we have a very competitive competition at a very competitive position at the quarterback spot. So it’s going to be interesting to see how everybody does.”

Here’s the full interview:

Trivia: Who led the 2012 Red Sox in home runs?

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Hint: His last name has 14 letters.

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