(CBS) BOSTON – Bill Belichick has yet to reveal who will start as quarterback for the New England Patriots. However, the answer has always been Cam Newton, based on practice repetitions and preseason starts.
Despite the sequence of work and the fact that he spent most of his time with the second offensive unit, rookie Mac Jones had a strong summer. He threw for 388 yards on 36 of 52 passes (69.2%), one touchdown, and no interceptions. Those figures might have been better if a few drips had been captured.
Despite the fact that all indications point to Newton starting on Sept. 12, Jones said there is only one way to prepare: as if he is the starter.
“At an early age, I learned to prepare as if I were going to be the starter. Jones stated following Sunday’s preseason finale victory against the Giants, “You don’t have to be the starter, but prepare and get into your rhythm.” The coach said today, ‘Hey, we’re going to be at the stadium.’ Simply go about your business. ‘ That’s what I did, in a sense. Simply eat what I normally do on game days and go about my business as usual. Then you fall into a habit, and that’s when you’ll find yourself in a flow. “
Jones was asked whether he thinks he has performed well enough to earn the starting position. Cam Newton
The youngster came across as a seasoned pro who was well-versed in the Patriots’ media strategy.
Jones said, “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 said. However, I believe I’ve made strides. But, to tell you the truth, now is all that counts. Then I’ll concentrate on the next day. But, in my opinion, the past is the past, and we’re now in a new season. “
While a job battle isn’t usually conducive to a good atmosphere, Jones said that the quarterbacks on the roster have all been supportive of one another during the summer.
“I believe it was successful. In our quarterback room, there’s no bad business, “Jones said. “Everyone is attempting to assist one another. I played college football last year, and I’ve never played in the NFL. So I’m here to pick Josh’s brain, as well as Cam’s, Hoyer’s, and everyone else’s. They’ve seen a lot of football, whether they played or were backups, and they’ve been a huge help to me. And I hope that if they seek assistance, I will be able to assist them. I’ll do something for them if I notice anything or have to do something for them because I want to be a wonderful teammate. As a result, everything will go as planned. “