The New England Patriots have stunned the National Football League on Tuesday morning, releasing veteran quarterback Cam Newton.
Newton, who re-upped in New England this offseason following an up-and-down 2020 season, was billed as the team’s starter for most of the preseason. However, Bill Belichick changed his tone as of late, with rookie Mac Jones playing well.
Now, it’s Jones’ team.
The Patriots have reportedly cut Newton on Tuesday morning.
The Boston Globe first reported the news.
— Jim McBride (@globejimmcbride) August 31, 2021
The NFL world is pretty stunned by this. However, Belichick is one for bold moves. And it’s clearly Mac Jones time in New England.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 31, 2021
Mac Jones quickly showed a quick command of the offense and impressed during preseason games. Now, he’s the #Patriots starting QB.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 31, 2021
Mac Jones showed he was ready to be the starter. Cam Newton now cut by the Patriots. Belichick not messing around. Ever.
— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) August 31, 2021
Patriots quarterback Brian Hoyer spoke very highly of Jones earlier this month.
“I’ve been very impressed with his mental capacity,” Hoyer said, per Zack Cox of NESN. “I’ve always said this every year I’ve talked to you guys, there’s a lot being thrown at the quarterback position in this offense. And my biggest advice is always take it one day at a time, digest it, retain it and then go back out. So he’s done a great job.
“Obviously, you see that works very hard at it. He’s always asking a lot of good questions. Sometimes I’ll say something, and he looks at me like, ‘Yeah, I got it, I got it.’ So, it’s like ‘OK man, you got it.’ And sure enough, he does. I go out there and he makes a call and I’m like, ‘Man, there’s no way I would have made that call as a rookie quarterback.’ Just to have the confidence and the knowledge to go out there and execute it.”
Jones will have an intriguing Week 1 matchup, taking on his former teammate, Tua Tagovailoa.
The Patriots open the season against the Dolphins on Sunday, Sept. 12.