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Cam Newton: Patriots' ‘excuse basket is running real low’ entering Week 7 matchup vs. 49ers

Cam Newton and the Patriots are looking to rebound from a bad loss to the Broncos.
Cam Newton and the Patriots are looking to rebound from a bad loss to the Broncos.Maddie Meyer/Getty

FOXBOROUGH — Cam Newton offered a blunt assessment of his play on Thursday afternoon.

"I just haven’t been good,'' said the Patriots quarterback, who actually hasn’t been bad, either, considering he is just a play away from being 3-1 as the starter.

Newton, who returned to action last week after a missing the Chiefs game because of a positive COVID-19 test, struggled in the loss to the Broncos.

"I haven’t matched enough good plays together for my liking, and that’s what it comes down to,'' said Newton. "And when I say, ‘good plays,’ I mean the right reads, I mean ball positioning, I mean making guys miss — just the whole gamut of how I play. I know what I’m capable of.''

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Newton threw for only 157 yards, and a pair of interceptions, against Denver and never looked comfortable with his timing. He was sacked four times and under pressure most of the day.

“My standard is extremely high, and I haven’t been meeting it — my personal standard,'' said Newton, who is the Patriots' leading rusher with 225 yards and did help point the club in position for a comeback against the Broncos. ”So, that’s how I feel.''

Cam Newton talks with Josh McDaniels at practice Thursday.
Cam Newton talks with Josh McDaniels at practice Thursday.Barry Chin/Globe Staff

Newton, who missed nearly two full weeks of practice because of the coronavirus, was excited about putting together back-to-back practices, something he hasn’t done since Oct. 1-2. He said, "As an offense, we know that our excuse basket is running real low,'' and expects the time on the field to be beneficial.

“It’s almost surreal, but the fact we’re able to practice, I think everybody is getting back into their normal routine. That’s big for us,” added Newton. "I know me personally, being in my position, it’s one thing to go over your reads, it’s another thing to go over your reads and get a good look out at it. So, we hope it pays dividends come Sunday [against the 49ers], and we’re expecting big things from not only the offense but just a good game of complementary football for us.''

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All-Dynasty Team

The Patriots Hall of Fame announced its All-Dynasty Team as part of a new exhibit titled, “Yes, It’s Still A Dynasty,” at its Patriot Place headquarters.

The roster includes Pro Football Hall of Famers, and several that are likely on their way to Canton, Ohio, after making their marks and collecting Super Bowl rings in Foxborough.

Bill Belichick, who has led the franchise to six Super Bowl titles, headlines the group, and the coach’s jacket from his 300th career victory, the headset from his 200th win, and game balls from victories Nos. 100 and 200 are part of the exhibit.

Kevin Faulk landed a spot on the All-Dynasty Team.
Kevin Faulk landed a spot on the All-Dynasty Team.Jim Davis

The offense — Quarterback: Tom Brady; running backs: Kevin Faulk, Corey Dillon, James White; fullback: James Develin; wide receivers: Randy Moss, Wes Welker, Julian Edelman, Troy Brown; tight ends: Rob Gronkowski, Daniel Graham; tackles: Matt Light, Sebastian Vollmer, Nate Solder; guards: Logan Mankins, Joe Andruzzi, Joe Thuney; center: Dan Koppen.

The defense — Linemen: Richard Seymour, Ty Warren, Vince Wilfork; outside linebackers: Willie McGinest, Mike Vrabel, Rob Ninkovich; inside linebackers: Tedy Bruschi, Dont’a Hightower, Roman Phifer; cornerbacks: Ty Law, Asante Samuel, Stephon Gilmore; safeties: Rodney Harrison, Patrick Chung, Devin McCourty.

Specialists — Kicker: Adam Vinatieri; punter: Ryan Allen; kickoff returners: Bethel Johnson, Ellis Hobbs; punt returner: Edelman; special teamers: Matthew Slater, Larry Izzo; long snappers: Lonie Paxton, Joe Cardona.

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The following were honorable mention selections: inside linebacker Jerod Mayo; safety Lawyer Milloy; guards Stephen Neal and Shaq Mason; center David Andrews; kicker Stephen Gostkowski; running back LeGarrette Blount; wide receiver Danny Amendola.

In addition to Belichick’s items, other attractions include Brady’s jersey from the 2007 finale against the Giants, Moss’s cleats and gloves from the same game, Seymour’s jersey from Super Bowl XXXIX, and Gilmore’s cleats from his two-interception game in Cincinnati in 2019, the year he was the first Patriot named NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

Practice report

White missed his second straight practice for a non-injury-related reason Thursday. Center James Ferentz, who remains on the COVID-reserve list, and defensive tackle Carl Davis also were not spotted during the helmet-and-shells session, though Davis was not listed on the injury report … Players that were limited included Edelman (knee), Mason (calf), defensive tackle Adam Butler (shoulder), safety Kyle Dugger (ankle), and the only new addition, defensive end Derek Rivers (back) … For the 49ers, running back Raheem Mostert (ankle) missed his second straight practice, while left tackle Trent Williams (ankle) was upgraded to limited.


Jim McBride can be reached at james.mcbride@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @globejimmcbride.