Desmond Ridder not one of a dozen QBs that Cam Newton would backup

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Cam Newton has infamously said there aren’t 32 guys better than him in the NFL. Despite the Falcons‘ quarterback room being set for the most part, the former NFL MVP didn’t include Atlanta as a place he’d be a backup.

Desmond Ridder will be the team’s starter, and Taylor Heinicke will be his backup. So, the job isn’t exactly open, but it’s still hilarious to see the list of quarterbacks Newton listed.

There were nine current NFL quarterbacks: Lamar Jackson, Josh Allen Deshaun Watson, Justin Fields, Tua Tagovailoa, Jalen Hurts, Malik Willis, Sam Howell, Aaron Rodgers, and three future rookies in C.J. Stroud, Bryce Young, and Anthony Richardson.

That is objectively a hilarious list because there are so many different situations. What on earth could Cam Newton provide for Aaron Rodgers? Rodgers is one of the greatest players in the history of the league and probably just wants someone he can get along with as his backup.

Malik Willis?!? I don’t even think Newton knows that Ryan Tannehill is the current starter in Tennessee, and the Titans’ third-round pick from the 2022 NFL Draft isn’t likely to start a game outside of injuries. Sam Howell showed more, in my opinion, than Desmond Ridder did, but the pair are in similar stages of their respective developments.

This isn’t an article to say Desmond Ridder and the Falcons deserve to be one of the dozen satiations that Cam Newton will back up. It’s more to talk about how delusional a once-great player has become. He’s not one of the best 32 quarterbacks in the league, and he knows it. That’s why he walked those comments back. Hell, there might be 40 quarterbacks in the league I’d rather have start for my fictitious team over Newton.

Newton is washed and is still talking like it is 2015. He was one of the most electrifying players in the league; many people idolized him, but those times have passed. Cam Newton is like Uncle Rico telling Napoleon and Kip Dynamite that he can still throw a ball over those mountains. It’s sad.

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