Even though the job belongs to Cam Newton, Mac Jones is preparing as if he is the starting quarterback.
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS (CBS) – Bill Belichick has yet to reveal who will start as quarterback for the Patriots. But, based on practice repetitions and preseason starts, Cam Newton has been the obvious choice all along.
Despite the sequence of work and the fact that he spent most of his time with the second offensive unit, rookie Mac Jones had an outstanding summer.
He threw for 388 yards on 36 of 52 attempts (69.2% completion rate) with one touchdown and no interceptions. Those figures might have been much better if a few drips had been captured.
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And, despite the fact that all indications point to Newton starting on Sept. 12, Jones said he only knows one way to prepare: as if he is the starting quarterback.
“At an early age, I learned to prepare as if I were the beginning.
Jones said following the Giants’ preseason finale victory on Sunday, “You don’t have to be the starter, but prepare and get into your rhythm.”
“One of the things Coach said today was, ‘Hey, we’re going to be at the stadium.’
‘Just stick to your schedule.’ That’s exactly what I did.
Simply eat what I normally eat on game days and go about my business as usual.
Then you get into a habit, and that’s when you’ll be able to get into a flow.”
Jones was questioned whether he thinks he has performed well enough to deserve the starting position.
The rookie sounded like a seasoned pro who is well-versed in the Patriots’ media strategy.
Jones stated, “I mean, I’ve had a lot of chances to play, and I can improve on whatever I want to improve on.”
“So I think just learning from [Brian] Hoyer, Cam, Jarrett [Stidham], anybody I can, and listening to Josh [McDaniels] and his coaching, there’s a lot of work to be done,” he says. However, I believe I’ve made improvements.
But, to be honest, now is the only thing that counts. After that, I’ll concentrate on tomorrow.
But, in my opinion, the past is the past, and we’re starting a new season here.”
While a job battle isn’t usually conducive to a good atmosphere, Jones said that the quarterbacks on the roster have all supported one another over the summer.
“I believe it went well.
In our quarterback room, there’s no bad business,” Jones said. “
We’re all attempting to assist one another. Obviously, I was a member of the college football team last year, and I’ve never played in the NFL. So I’m here to learn from Josh, Cam, Hoyer, and everyone else.
They’ve seen a lot of football, whether they played or were a backup, but they’ve seen NFL games, and they’ve been very helpful to me.
And I hope that I will be able to assist them anytime they need it.
I’ll do something for them if I notice anything or have to do something for them because I’m trying to be a wonderful teammate. As a result, everything will go as planned.”