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Breaking: The Patriots Have Released Cam Newton

New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton gets benched.

FOXBOROUGH, MA - OCTOBER 25: Cam Newton #1 of the New England Patriots prior to the start of the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Gillette Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images)

The most surprising roster cut this year officially belongs to the New England Patriots. On Tuesday morning, the team parted ways with veteran quarterback Cam Newton.

Jim McBride of The Boston Globe was first to report that Newton has been released. This means rookie quarterback Mac Jones will be the Week 1 starter for the Patriots.

Newton missed multiple days of practice last week due to COVID-19 protocols, which opened the door for Jones to get most of the first-team reps against the New York Giants. Perhaps this played a factor in New England's decision.

It's fair to wonder if this is it for Newton. With the regular season about to begin, teams won't be actively looking for a starter.

Newton could potentially sign elsewhere as a backup quarterback, but it's tough to envision a scenario where he quickly lands with another team.

As for Jones, it's very clear that New England believes in him. He was exceptional throughout this preseason, and let's not forget that veterans in the locker room have vouched for him.

"I’ve been very impressed with his mental capacity,” veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer said. “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.”

It's a new era in New England, that's for sure.