Cam Newton is widely expected to be under center for the New England Patriots' season opener against the Miami Dolphins in September. But head coach Bill Belichick isn't just going to hand the starting job to the former NFL MVP as the Patriots get training camp underway.

"That spot's the same as all the other spots on the team," Belichick said Friday, according to Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk. "We've got a long way to go, and we'll see how things turn out. I can't control how players perform. That's up to them. We'll give everybody an opportunity and see what happens."

New England also has sophomore Jarrett Stidham and journeyman Brian Hoyer on the roster.