Patriots’ Mac Jones, Cam Newton anticipated to play towards Washington in preseason opener: report
Invoice Belichick is understood for taking part in his playing cards near his chest, and that’s actually true for the quarterback scenario in New England.
Sources instructed ESPN that each Cam Newton and rookie Mac Jones will play in Thursday’s preseason kickoff towards the Washington Soccer Crew, with the veteran anticipated to start out the sport.
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Belichick mentioned earlier this week that joint practices with the Philadelphia Eagles would issue into his resolution.
“We’ll do what’s greatest for this sport after which sort of go from there,” he mentioned, by way of ESPN. “The joint observe days, they rely for one thing.”
After drafting the Alabama standout with the 15th general decide, Belichick reaffirmed his dedication to Newton, who signed one other one-year contract in March regardless of his lackluster efficiency in 2020.
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“Cam’s our quarterback. No matter time Jarrett [Stidham] or Mac are able to problem and compete, we’ll see how that goes,” he mentioned on the time. “However proper now for Mac, he’s simply bought a number of studying in entrance of him. I do know he’s very anxious to get going and get began on it.”
Jones has since acquired rave evaluations from these throughout the group and with Stidham out following again surgical procedure, Belichick’s resolution stays a difficult one.
Newton totaled 2,657 passing yards for simply eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions final season. He additionally ran for 592 yards and 12 touchdowns however struggled to get to the playoffs because the Patriots completed 7-9.
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Belichick instructed reporters firstly of coaching camp that everybody, together with these “starters,” must “reestablish their positions.”
“Yeah, that’s proper everybody does begin from scratch,” he mentioned, by way of ProFootballTalk. “Once more, all of us need to reestablish ourselves and that goes for lots of different gamers that you would identify as properly that I’m certain in your thoughts you suppose they’re starters, and perhaps they’re starters and so they in all probability can be starters, however all of them need to re-establish their positions. That’s throughout the board for the entire group. That doesn’t simply pertain to at least one individual or place.”