Throughout the vast majority of this past offseason/preseason, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick referenced Cam Newton as the team’s starting guy. But, in a matter of days, that distinction quickly flipped as rookie Mac Jones ultimately won the QB1 job.
Because of this quick flip, Jones recognizes that this starting role could be fleeting if he doesn’t live up to expectations.
“Doesn’t mean much,” Jones said of the starting job, per Pats insider Phil Perry. “The label is the label but you gotta go out there and produce. That’s what it comes down to.”
While the QB contest in New England may have been one of the most hotly-contested in the NFL this season, Newton and Jones seemed to develop a solid relationship.
Jones said it was tough to see his former teammates go on final cut day, and dubbed Newton as a “really good mentor.”
“I never felt like we were butting heads or anything like that. Obviously Cam’s a great guy and a great player, and hopefully he lands somewhere,” Jones added.
On Cam Newton, Jones says he was “obviously a really good mentor to me.” Adds they’ll stay in touch.
“I never felt like we were butting heads or anything like that. Obviously Cam’s a great guy and a great player, and hopefully he lands somewhere.” https://t.co/Hop6mU6GkG
— Phil Perry (@PhilAPerry) September 7, 2021
Coming off an impressive preseason, Jones is expected to have an immediate impact as the team’s starter in Week 1. And with Brian Hoyer and Garrett Gilbert backing him up, it doesn’t look like his starting job is in jeopardy anytime soon.
Jones will kick off his NFL career with a Week 1 matchup against the Miami Dolphins and his former Alabama QB teammate Tua Tagovailoa on Sunday.