New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton has officially been released this morning, per ESPN. Ultimately, the Patriots have turned things over to rookie Mac Jones.
Jones finished the preseason 36-of 52- for 389 yards, no interceptions, and one touchdown. He also earned the highest quarterback grade amongst all rookie quarterbacks drafted in the first round, per PFF. He played 107 snaps which was the highest total among all Patriot quarterbacks rostered at the time. Newton began every preseason game; however, he has only given 39 snaps all preseason recording 162 passing yards on 21 passes with one touchdown and one interception.
Bill Belichick moves on
Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick said repeatedly Newton was the team’s starting quarterback unless someone played better than him. Jones has done that, in Belichick’s view. Tuesday morning, Belichick told reporters Newton was headed in the “right direction” when asked about his training camp and preseason.
Belicheck spoke to reporters prior to the release of Newton about how he admires consistency and production over a period of time when assessing quarterbacks. Newton missed three practices due to the NFL’s Covid-19 protocols. This opened a door for rookie quarterback Jones to come in and prove why he should be the starter. Jones in return, had an impressive outing against the joint session with the New York Giants.
He displayed the conventional theme of the traditional Patriot offense that included empty formations, calling the offensive line protection and audibling in and out of plays at the line of scrimmage. Jones mentioned he felt like he was in a “game flow” that day.
Cam Newton’s Farewell
After the news of his release surfaced, Newton posted on his Instagram: “I really appreciate all the love and support during this but I must say … please don’t feel sorry for me. I’m good.”
Cam Newton’s thoughts (via his IG story) on being released: “Please don’t feel sorry for me!!” pic.twitter.com/dpvtHIxCFR
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 31, 2021