FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — When the Patriots selected Mac Jones with the fifteenth general decide within the 2021 NFL draft, it spoke volumes concerning the workforce’s ideas on its quarterback place. The Pats offense was abysmal in 2020.
The quarterback play from starter Cam Newton and backups Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer left a lot to be desired.
But the 31-year-old Newton was re-signed to a one-year “prove-it” deal to return to New England. The former MVP needs to regain his Pro Bowl type. He needs to make it work with the Patriots. Newton additionally is aware of he’ll should be quite a bit higher than he was final 12 months. As for Jones — the primary quarterback to be drafted within the first spherical by New England since 1993 — Newton understood the decision by Bill Belichick.
On Tuesday, Newton mentioned the choice didn’t trouble him. In truth, he supported it — each then and now.
“It didn’t make me feel any type of way because he was the right pick. In my opinion, he was the best player available and that’s what the NFL draft is for,” Newton mentioned. “As far as you know, having any chip on the shoulder, like I mean, you’re stating the obvious. I don’t need too much to get myself going, let alone, you know, that happening and there’s no disrespect to Mac. It’s no disrespect to Bill and his decision. I supported 110% because you still have to do what’s right for the organization for the long haul.”
Belichick has already said that Newton’s his beginning quarterback, however added on draft night time that it’ll be as much as Jones or Stidham to beat out the veteran. This week’s Patriots minicamp has been considerably of a battle for Newton as Jones has appeared like the perfect quarterback over the past two practices.
Newton is saying all the suitable issues, however can he maintain Jones off?
How Newton hopes to enhance
Newton has a notice to remind himself. It reads, “Pre-snap comfort will help post-snap results.”
Last season, the veteran signed with the Patriots in late June. There had been no OTAs or minicamp as a result of COVID-19, however he missed all the sooner offseason conferences. When coaching camp started, Newton entered with a clean slate. Then there have been no preseason video games to assist him study Josh McDaniels’ offense.
Those points had been a part of Newton’s issues in 2020, he says. He completed together with his worst profession statistical output, tossing simply eight touchdowns with 10 interceptions. Newton mentioned he wanted a greater grasp of the Patriots’ offensive system.
“I’m so grateful to have another opportunity to learn it as much as I possibly can,” Newton mentioned. ”In the latter a part of the season, it simply caught as much as me. I used to be pondering an excessive amount of. I was making an attempt to be one thing when it simply wasn’t sufficient hours in a day. … We had been placing in hours and hours. You cannot simulate actual dwell bullets, and that is what it got here all the way down to. So it wasn’t something so far as mechanics; it was kind of simply overthinking and the consolation stage.”
Newton acknowledged that he was disillusioned together with his efficiency final season. He actually didn’t need his profession to finish with a season just like the one he had in 2020. He mentioned there’s no query that he enters this season with an enormous chip on his shoulder.
“There are only 32 guys in the world that could say that they’re a starting quarterback in this league and, you know, I’m not going to get too personal, but I have a job and responsibility to myself to hold myself to a standard that I know I have to play at,” Newton mentioned. “And it’s going to come with proper preparation and that’s what it’s coming down to.
“It’s going to come down to the comfort of understanding this system. ‘My faults, my bads, I’m going to get them next time’ — those are slowly but surely being flushed out of my vernacular.”
How the Patriots QB competitors seems to be this spring
Newton suffered a setback two weeks in the past when he bruised his hand in OTAs. After lacking three practices, he returned late final week and has been current for minicamp. Through two days, nonetheless, Jones has been the story.
On Tuesday, Newton struggled with the sort of accuracy points we noticed a 12 months in the past. He acknowledges he’s nonetheless studying and says the competitors amongst all 4 quarterbacks has been good for everybody.
“As a competitor, I’d be a fool if I didn’t think Brian Hoyer wants to be a starter. I’d be a fool not to think Mac didn’t want to be a starter,” Newton mentioned. “I’d be a fool if Jarrett Stidham didn’t want to be a starter, and you’ll be a fool not thinking that I don’t want to be a starter. But those things happen with the comfort of understanding this system.”