Originally Posted by Wolf6151
Maybe O'Brien realizes that Newton played all of last season injured and wants to see what Newton can do coming into training camp fully healthy. I'm sure there will be competition at RT and that it won't just be given to Newton, he'll have to earn it if he plays the position. Newton is also young, cheap, has 2 yrs. of experience at the RT position and we have to have 90 players on the roster for training camp anyway.
Like most around here, I wasn't impressed with his play last year......in fact, I thought it was horrible. But at the same time if you remember, I kept on pointing out that he was never given a reasonable time to rehab after his patellar tendon surgery before forcing into play. This type of surgery is bad enough for a small player, but it is especially onerous for a big tackle who is expected to have good mobility. He will have had his deserved rehab time over the offseason to prove after the Draft that his injury was the main factor in his poor play......or only part of the problem, to which he may be more seriously considered at guard.......or that it was none of the problem to which he is just down right horrible. As the money involved is not the driving force, we and OB will find out certainly by the last cut.