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BUFFALO, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 22: (EDITORS NOTE: Retransmission with alternate crop.) Tre'Davious White #27 of the Buffalo Bills celebrates after making the game clinching interception in the final seconds of the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at New Era Field on September 22, 2019 in Orchard Park, New York.

Buffalo defeats Cincinnati 21-17. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White is undecided on playing in 2020.

With the coronavirus pandemic forcing sports leagues to take unprecedented measures to continue to play, many athletes have decided to opt-out of playing their respective sport this season and will return once the virus is no longer a significant threat.

Although the NFL is not slated to kick off its season until September, players are returning to training camp and some players are taking the opportunity to opt-out of the season. Notable players, such as Devin Funchess and Nate Solder, have previously announced their intention to not suit up this season, and with the opt-out deadline coming up on Thursday more players may decide to forgo the season.

One player who is still considering opting out is Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White.

White had the best season of his career last year, which catapulted him into the conversation of best cornerbacks in the league. But he now faces a difficult decision on whether or not to play this fall.

White is entering the last year of his rookie contract

This upcoming season is the last year of White’s four-year rookie contract that he signed back in 2017, but there is a fifth-year option for the 2021 season. Regardless of that, if White is able to perform well again in 2020, the Bills would want to lock him up in a long term deal where he would receive a large payday.

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But that payday hinges on White being able to have another high-level season in 2020, and if he opts out he is essentially putting his career on hold. White would then return in 2021 on his much less lucrative rookie deal than if he were to play well again this season and then be able to cash out soon after.

But there is another side to the coin in that White has an 11-month old baby who he wants to make sure is safe as possible, along with the rest of his family.

Although White has a very tough decision to make, and not a lot of time to make it, he stressed that he is not concerned about his income possibly increasing or decreasing.

Regardless of whether or not White plays, he will make the decision that is best for him and his family. But if he decides to opt-out, it will certainly hurt the Bills and their secondary.

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The New England Patriots are struggling.

After a disastrous game and Cam Newton‘s benching against the San Francisco 49ers, Bill Belichick was faced with a decision to make at QB. He has made his choice.

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Belichick is Sticking With Cam

In the post-game press conference after the embarrassing 33-6 home loss, Belichick did his part in killing any budding quarterback controversy. When asked if Newton would remain the starting quarterback, Belichick responded quickly and confidently.

It was an obvious question after Belichick turned to Jarrett Stidham in the third quarter following Newton’s third interception. However, Belichick explained, he only wanted to get Stidham some experience.

Bill Belichick says Cam Newton remains the QB. He just wanted to get Jarrett Stidham some experience.

— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) October 25, 2020

Why is Belichick Sticking With Cam?

Some may be asking themselves why Belichick would be sticking with Newton after two sub-par games, but the answers are pretty simple.

First, there is no indication he has a better option on his roster. Stidham hasn’t played a single game in his career without throwing an interception. He placed a pass poorly during his brief playing time on Sunday, which resulted in the team’s fourth pick of the day.

With the Patriots placing a premium on protecting the football, Stidham hasn’t shown the ability to do that consistently. At first, his supporters kept pointing to the small-sample-size excuse, but as his playing time increases, he continues to throw to the guys in the other jerseys.

We don’t really even have to discuss the Brian-Hoyer option. He put together the most egregiously poor two-plus quarters of football against the Kansas City Chiefs three weeks ago, and he was pulled from that game in favor of Stidham.

With Stidham and Hoyer as the other options, Newton still looks like the guy who gives you the best chance to win.

What Can Cam Improve Upon?

Newton’s accuracy and mechanics seem to have regressed since he returned from the COVID-19 reserve list. During the first three weeks of the season, he was mostly accurate with his throws and making quicker decisions with the ball. Since his return, he has completed just 26 of 40 throws for no touchdowns and five interceptions.

I don’t know if he is still feeling some effects of the virus, but it is clear something isn’t quite right. Hopefully, he can improve his accuracy and get back to exhibiting the improved mechanics he showed off earlier in the season.

How Can the Patriots Help Cam Succeed?

Getting back to the coaching that had Newton looking so sharp in the first three weeks is an obvious approach, but the other is all about trying to get him at least one formidable weapon in the passing game.

It’s true, Newton has missed open guys like Damiere Byrd and rookie tight end Devin Asiasi on occasion during this season, but it’s also true the team doesn’t have the kind of player who can put pressure on a defense with their size and/or speed in the passing game.

If the Patriots are serious about trying to rescue this season, they have to make a move to get a legit receiver or tight end on this roster.

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