According to multiple New England Patriots insiders, Cam Newton is a virtual lock to start Week 1 when the team is set to take on the Miami Dolphins.

Jarrett Stidham was once believed to be in this position, but everything changed once the Patriots signed former 2015 NFL MVP Cam Newton to a one-year deal. Suddenly, Stidham’s name is barely being mentioned, and the Patriots seemingly rolled out the red carpet for Newton–even though he was only given a very budget-friendly, incentive-laden deal.

Still, it’s hard to believe the Patriots would do all of this for a player of Newton’s character if they didn’t expect him to start from Day 1.

Several Patriots insiders are of the same opinion.