Cam Newton released by New England Patriots; Mac Jones wins starting quarterback job

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Cam Newton is looking for his next team after being released by the New England Patriots. Mac Jones will now kick off as a quarterback in the first week when he meets Alabama Crimson Tide co-production mate Tua Tagovailoa of the Miami Dolphins.

The New England Patriots released quarterback Cam Newton, clearing the way for freshman Mc Jones to become the team’s new under center starter.

Jones will now become the first New England quarterback to start the first week since Drew Bledsoe in 1993, after being selected 15th overall from Alabama in the first round of the 2021 NFL draft.

This marked the end of a quarterback battle that took place throughout training camp and preseason, in which Newton was expected to at least start the season as a starter while the organization weakened Jones.

Newton was absent for three days of training ahead of the team’s preseason finals due to a “misunderstanding” of the COVID protocols.

His departure comes after the Patriots signed him a new one-year contract worth up to $ 13.6 million in March, initially buying him on a one-year contract in July 2020, after Newton spent three months at a free agency.

Watch the highlights of former New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton during the 2020 NFL season.

Watch the highlights of former New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton during the 2020 NFL season.

In three games this summer, he made 14 assists of 21 for 162 yards, touchdown and interception, while Jones finished the preseason 36 of 52 with 388 yards and a touchdown.

Newton completed 65.8% of passes on 2,657 yards, eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions, and a 592 yards and 12 points in 15 games in the Patriots’ starting lineup last year.

Veteran Brian Hoyer and 2019 fourth-round player Jarrett Steadham sit behind Jones in the Patriots.

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