Cam Newton and Brian Hoyer cut, leaving rookie Mac Jones as only active quarterback on Patriots' 53-man roster

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Has Cam Newton been cut from the Patriots?

The New England Patriots released quarterback Cam Newton during their final cutdown to 53 players on Tuesday, a source confirmed to The Athletic. The move means that rookie first-round pick Mac Jones will be the team's starting quarterback. The AthleticPatriots release Cam Newton, leaving Mac Jones as starting quarterback: Source

Why did the Pats cut cam?

But he missed three days of practice last week because of what the team said was a “misunderstanding” related to Covid-19 protocols after a team-approved medical appointment out of the area. ... His absence enabled Jones to take more first-team snaps. The New York TimesPatriots Cut Cam Newton After Covid-Related Disruptions

When was Cam Newton released?

He was released from the team on March 24, 2020 before reaching an agreement with the Patriots for a 1-year deal. Newton, the 2010 Heisman Trophy winner, won league MVP honors in 2015 after helping the Panthers win 15 regular-season games en route to an appearance in Super Bowl 50. wbtv.comReport: Patriots release former Panthers QB Cam Newton

Did Cam get cut?

New England Patriots cut Cam Newton as rookie Mac Jones wins starting QB job. ... The Patriots selected Jones, 22, out of Alabama with the 15th overall pick in the first round of the 2021 NFL draft in April. USA TODAYNew England Patriots cut Cam Newton as rookie Mac Jones wins starting QB job

Mac Jones Real Name Means He Could've Called Himself 'Mike Jones'

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On Tuesday, the New England Patriots sent shockwaves throughout the NFL when the team announced the release of Cam Newton, a roster move that officially made Mac Jones the victor of the quarterback battle that served as one of the hottest topics of discussion over the course of the summer.

Based on early reports, there were a number of factors that led to Newton being shown the door after a single season in a Patriots uniform—including the vaccine skepticism that opened the door for the QB who ultimately secured the job he was vying for.

Of course, Jones also did plenty to help his case. The rookie put up some incredibly solid stats during the snaps he took during the preseason and managed to impress Bill Belichick with the work ethic that allowed him to quickly learn the system the franchise is obviously hoping he’ll be at the center of for the foreseeable future now that the torch has been passed.

We’ll obviously have to wait and see if the Patriots have found a worthy successor to Tom Brady in the form of the Alabama product, but I personally feel like there is one major red flag that isn’t getting enough attention when it comes to properly evaluating Jones’ decision-making abilities: his nickname of choice.

On September 5, 1998, Gordon and Holly Jones welcomed their third child into the world at a Jacksonville hospital; a baby boy whose birth certificate officially reads “Michael McCorkle Jones.” As you know by now, the future NFL quarterback would eventually adopt the “Mac” moniker that he derived from his middle name, but an astute observer would realize that by doing so, he willingly passed on an incredible opportunity: the chance to be known as “Mike Jones.”

Now, I can understand why Jones declined to embrace his birth name, as being known as “Mac Jones” means he didn’t have to risk living in the shadow of the Houston rap legend and eliminated the possibility he’ll be hounded by “Who?” jokes for the rest of his life if he ends up flaming out in the NFL.

With that said, we’ve also been deprived of the opportunity to live in the world where the starting quarterback for the New England Patriots is a guy named “Mike Jones” who looks less like someone who should be playing in the NFL and more like a dude who makes a living by pumping out monetized videos where he breaks down YouTube drama while sitting in a gaming chair; the meme potential would’ve been off the charts.

Now, feel free to call me an idiot for suggesting this seemingly minor life decision could be indicative of the choices Jones makes on the field, but if things don’t work out as planned, don’t say I didn’t try to warn you.

Cam Newton and Brian Hoyer cut, leaving rookie Mac Jones as only active quarterback on Patriots' 53-man roster

NESN 31 August, 2021 - 07:05pm

With Cam Newton and Brian Hoyer released, and Jarrett Stidham placed on the PUP list, rookie Mac Jones is the only QB on the Patriots' 53-man roster.

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Cutdown day was a busy one for the Patriots on Tuesday. The team had the news of the day when they released Cam Newton, which paves the way for rookie Mac Jones to start at quarterback.

That wasn’t the only surprise as veteran kicker Nick Folk was cut instead of rookie Quinn Nordin. On top of that, Stephon Gilmore starts the season on the physically unable to perform list. That means the cornerback won’t be available until Week 7.

Overall, the Patriots made 28 roster moves to get their roster down to 53. 

The team cut 21 players: Newton, Folk, Brian Hoyer, Kristian Wilkerson, Montravious Adams, Adrian Colbert, James Ferentz, Matt LaCosse, Alex Redmond, Akeem Spence, Dee Virgin, Tashawn Bower, Myles Bryant, Korey Cunningham, Michael Jackson Sr., Will Sherman, Bill Murray, Tre Nixon, D’Angelo Ross, Nick Thurman and Isaiah Zuber.

Gilmore, Jarrett Stidham, Terez Hall and Byron Cowart will start the season on the PUP list. Cameron McGrone and Joshuah Bledsoe start the season on the non-football injury list. They also placed linebacker Anfernee Jennings on the injured reserve, which ends his season.

Here's a look at the Patriots first 53-man roster.

Cut: Cam Newton, Brian Hoyer / PUP: Jarrett Stidham

The biggest news of the day was that the Patriots cut Newton and and will start Jones. This will be the first rookie quarterback to start Week 1 in New England since Drew Bledsoe in 1998. Don’t expect Hoyer to be gone for long as he’ll likely be back after the team places someone on the injured reserve. The Pats won’t start the season with one quarterback.

Damien Harris, James White, J.J. Taylor, Rhamondre Stevenson, Brandon Bolden, Jakob Johnson

The Patriots are in great shape here. That’s why they traded Sony Michel last week. Look for Harris to have a breakout season.

Jonnu Smith, Hunter Henry, Devin Asiasi

Cut: Matt LaCosse

LaCosse was a minor surprise, but the Patriots are in great shape. This is the best tight end depth in New England since 2016 with Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett.

Nelson Agholor, Jakobi Meyers, Kendrick Bourne, N’Keal Harry, Gunner Olszewski

Cut: Tre Nixon, Kristian Wilkerson, Isaiah Zuber,

Harry makes the team after his agent requested a trade in June. Wilkerson had a strong summer and the Patriots would like him back on the practice squad.

Isaiah Wynn, Michael Onwenu, David Andrews, Shaq Mason, Trent Brown, Ted Karras, Justin Herron, Yodny Cajuste, Yasir Durant

Cut: Will Sherman, Alex Redmond, James Ferentz, Korey Cunningham

The Patriots are loaded here. They added extra depth when they acquired Durant in a deal with Kansas City on Tuesday.

Davon Godchaux, Lawrence Guy, Henry Anderson, Deatrich Wise, Christian Barmore, Carl Davis

Cut: Bill Murray, Montravious Adams, Akeem Spence, Tashawn Bower, Nick Thurman / PUP: Byron Cowart

This is another position group that looks improved from a year ago. Barmore looks like he’ll make an impact from Day 1. The Patriots’ run defense should be a lot better.

Matt Judon, Dont’a Hightower, Kyle Van Noy, Josh Uche, Chase Winovich, Ja’Whaun Bentley, Ronnie Perkins, Harvey Langi

PUP: Terez Hall / NFI: Cameron McGrone / IR: Anfernee Jennings

The core of the Patriots defense will be their front seven. With the additions of Judon, Hightower and Van Noy, the Pats are in position to have one of the best pass rushes in the NFL.

J.C. Jackson, Jonathan Jones, Jalen Mills, Joejuan Williams, Shaun Wade, Justin Bethel

Cut: Dee Virgin, D’Angelo Ross, Myles Bryant, Michael Jackson Sr. / PUP: Stephon Gilmore

It’s a shame Gilmore won’t start the season. He’ll be eligible to play in Week 7. The Pats depth here isn’t fantastic and it’ll be a concern with whoever is starting opposite of Jackson.

Devin McCourty, Adrian Phillips, Kyle Dugger, Cody Davis

Cut: Adrian Colbert / NFI: Joshuah Bledsoe

Here’s another position the Patriots don’t have to worry about. McCourty, Phillips and Dugger can all play as the Pats will likely use all three in various roles this season.

Quinn Nordin, Jake Bailey, Joe Cardona, Matthew Slater, Brandon King,

Cut: Nick Folk

Nordin turned out to be the biggest surprise on the roster. He has a huge leg, but was inconsistent. The rookie kicker hit 6-of-8 field goals and 4-of-7 extra point attempts this preseason. He replaces Folk, who hit 92.9% of his field goal attempts last season.

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Cam Newton's next team? Here are 5 possibilities, plus 1 savage bonus option

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On one hand, this could be taken as a sign that the Patriots no longer believed in Newton. On the other, it's possible to argue that the Patriots had so much belief in first-round pick Mac Jones that they did Newton a favor by releasing him, allowing him to latch onto a better opportunity elsewhere.

Is the second reason a stretch? Maybe not. Having Newton lingering as a backup could create an awkward situation for all parties. It's also possible that Newton saw the writing on the wall with Jones and respectfully asked Bill Belichick for his release.

Of course, if Newton does join another team — he's immediately a free agent and not subject to waivers — it almost certainly means he'll come in as a backup to whatever roster he joins.

He's 32 years old and was benched three separate times last year. It was possibly his worst statistical season ever. He just lost his starting job to a rookie. His vaccination status could prove to be troublesome for some teams. 

So is there really a market for Newton?

We still say there could be teams in need of QB2 help where Newton would provide an upgrade. He's coming off a preseason in which he completed 14-of-21 passes for 162 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Last year, Newton struggled to throw the ball but was an effective designed runner and scrambler (137 rushes, 592 yards, 12 touchdowns, 55 first-down runs, long run of 49 yards).

He still has something to offer.

Here are five teams (plus one fun bonus possibility) that make some sense for Newton:

This one makes sense on a number of levels. 

The Falcons just lost A.J. McCarron to a season-ending knee injury. That leaves them with undrafted rookie Feleipe Franks and Josh Rosen, who just was added to the roster, behind starter Matt Ryan. Who is the Week 1 backup?

Newton calls Atlanta home, but might not be wild about the idea of joining a team with Ryan, who has missed a mere one start since late in the 2009 season.

But the Falcons could certainly move on from Ryan at some point — perhaps even after this season. Bringing in Newton would make some sense from an insurance standpoint, and it at least would give him the chance to earn the backup role in his hometown and maybe Ryan's potential replacement (even if the Falcons certainly would draft a quarterback in that situation).

Still, we could see the fit making sense.

The Cowboys cut Garrett Gilbert and folk hero Ben DiNucci, leaving them with Cooper Rush as Dak Prescott's backup. Rush has attempted three NFL passes, all in the 2017 season.

That's why Dallas has to consider a better alternative in case Prescott's injury worries carry into the regular season. The Cowboys' season is likely over once again if Prescott suffers another longterm injury. But if Prescott were to miss, say, a start or two along the way, could Newton provide a better option than Rush?

Maybe. This is one to keep an eye on. Prescott's non-throwing shoulder is the more immediate concern for his early-season health, lest we forget the devastating ankle injury that ended his 2020 season. One wrong turn or awkward hit could bring that ailment back to the forefront quickly.

The Cowboys could make a one-year, cap-friendly deal and add Newton if they think he could provide a tangible upgrade. You can feel Jerry Jones' tangibly self-applied pressure to win now.

The surface connections are pretty obvious. Newton and head coach Ron Rivera go way back. They were a fascinating pair with the Carolina Panthers, and Rivera went a long way most times to defend Newton publicly and to the team when needed.

Rivera helped Newton develop into an MVP and even reached the Super Bowl. They've remained close, and some thought Newton could end up in Washington when he remained unsigned into June last year.

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Newton also worked in Carolina with Washington offensive coordinator Scott Turner. It would likely be a smooth adjustment if it happens.

The question is whether there's a spot for Newton on this roster. Ryan Fitzpatrick is the starter. Taylor Heinicke, the man who almost took down Tom Brady in the playoffs, remains the likely No. 2 option. Kyle Allen, Newton's teammate in Carolina, did suffer a sprained ankle the other day in practice, and 2020 undrafted QB Steven Montez looks like more of a practice squad candidate to us.

Washington got to face Newton in Week 1 of the preseason, which also helps. He completed 4-of-7 passes for 49 yards in his one drive against them, leading the Patriots to a field goal on his only possession of the game.

The Broncos named Teddy Bridgewater the starter over Drew Lock. Was this an indictment of Lock or the sign of a coach worried about his job? Whatever the case, the Broncos' long-term quarterback picture is unclear and featureless.

Newton wouldn't represent the future, per se, and we don't view this as anywhere close to the most likely landing spot. But he could at least give the Broncos another body at the position. 

Right now they could simply keep Bridgewater and Lock on the active roster and try to land Brett Rypien on the practice squad (if he clears waivers).

The Broncos clearly would want Newton only as insurance to protect against Bridgewater getting hurt, we'd guess. There are some reasons it could make sense, even if we don't ultimately see it happening this way.

It already feels like a lost season. Deshaun Watson might be deadweight on the roster. Assumed starter Tyrod Taylor last started the majority of a season back in 2017 with the Bills, and he's now on his third different team since then. There's hope that 2021 third-rounder Davis Mills is worth investing in, but the Texans can't really go to him anytime soon, can they?

This is where Newton could be somewhat useful. Texans GM Nick Caserio was in New England last year when the Patriots signed Newton, although we don't know to what degree he pushed for the move to happen. 

But Caserio's familiarity with Newton in the building last year — especially amid very difficult circumstances — could help grease the wheels for him coming to Houston.

Why might he want to sign with the lowly Texans? Well, it might represent the clearest path toward starting games this season. Is that what Newton wants? If so, we can't rule out this possibility.

It would be the ultimate savage move by Brian Flores, the ex-Belichick assistant, to sign Newton and have a package of plays installed for Miami's Week 1 matchup in New England. 

Wouldn't that be something?

The Dolphins have been running Jacoby Brissett as Tua Tagovailoa's backup this summer, and No. 3 QB Reid Stinnett has had some fantastic moments in preseason garbage time. So there might not be room for Newton ... unless Tua's health suddenly becomes a worry.

But we also wouldn't rule out the chance to add the ex-Patriots QB if Flores thought it meant gaining an edge over his former teacher. It's a long shot for sure. But it's one we can't completely dismiss either.

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