Invoice Belichick has made it clear that Cam Newton stays the New England Patriots’ beginning quarterback even after they drafted Mac Jones. That’s simple for the coach to say months earlier than the beginning of the season, however it’s honest to surprise how lengthy he can follow it.
Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald shared some observations after watching each Newton and Jones participate in organized staff actions on Thursday. Whereas it’s far too early to attract conclusions in regards to the quarterback competitors, she mentioned there’s already a really feel that it’s enjoying out. And a minimum of for one follow, it seems like Jones seemed like the higher choice.
Newton has been engaged on his mechanics this offseason, and Guregian notes that he seems to have made progress together with his supply on brief throws. Nevertheless, Newton displayed some points throwing to his proper and had deeper passes sail on him. He additionally had some points with accuracy throughout drills.
Jones, alternatively, is “clearly polished on the finer factors of enjoying the place,” in response to Guregian.
“There was one drill the place the quarterbacks would make a play-fake earlier than delivering the soccer. His fakes had been easy, regardless of enjoying principally from the shotgun at Alabama,” the reporter mentioned of Jones. “And all of the pre-draft hype about him throwing a ‘catchable ball’ had been on track. He leads receivers and places the ball within the excellent spot.
“He has a pleasant launch, is correct and eliminates the ball shortly.”
Once more, we’re speaking about OTAs. Belichick in all probability doesn’t desire a rookie beginning Week 1, however Jones goes to do all the pieces he can to pressure the coach’s hand.
Jones confirmed that he’s thrilled with the place he ended up with the message he delivered to Roger Goodell on the draft (video right here). That’s probably as a result of the No. 15 general decide is aware of how Newton performed final season. If Cam doesn’t present drastic enchancment, it can solely be a matter of time earlier than he loses his job to the rookie.