Did New England release Cam Newton?
BOSTON — The New England Patriots have released quarterback Cam Newton, according to the Boston Globe. According to ProFootballTalk, Newton will leave New England with a $2 million signing bonus and a $1.5 million guaranteed salary for 2021. ... WSOC CharlotteNew England Patriots release former Panthers quarterback Cam Newton
Why did Cam Newton get released from the Patriots?
Last Monday, amid the quarterback battle with Jones, the team announced Newton had to be away from the team until Aug. 26 after a "misunderstanding about tests conducted away from NFL facilities." ... Newton then returned to practice late last week. Sports IllustratedSource: Patriots Release QB Cam Newton; Mac Jones to Start Week 1
Why was Cam cut?
New England Patriots cut Cam Newton as rookie Mac Jones wins starting QB job. ... Newton, 32, had been inconsistent in camp and was eventually forced to sit out five days and three practices after he was placed on the NFL's COVID-19 list over what the team called a “misunderstanding” of the league's rules. USA TODAYNew England Patriots cut Cam Newton as rookie Mac Jones wins starting QB job
Who is the Patriots quarterback?
Cam Newton looks like the Patriots starting quarterback Cam Newton started the Patriots third and final preseason game on Sunday. He started all three preseason games this summer and in practice, Newton led off most quarterback drills. The Providence JournalPatriots-Giants takeaways: Cam Newton looks like the Pats starting quarterback
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Jones was selected No. 15 overall by the Patriots in this year’s NFL Draft after putting together a record-breaking season at Alabama. The Davey O’Brien Award winner set a single-season school record with 4,500 passing yards and threw for 43 touchdowns to just four interceptions. He also set NCAA single-season records for completion percentage (77.4) and passer rating (203.06).
Jones carried over that success into the preseason, completing 36 of 52 (69.2 percent) passes for 389 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions over three games. His 36 completions led all rookie quarterbacks this preseason while his 92.2 grade from Pro Football Focus is the highest preseason mark by a rookie quarterback in the history of the service.
“I’ve gotten a lot of opportunities to play and I can improve on everything I want to improve on,” Jones said following New England’s game against the New York Giants on Sunday via the Boston Globe. “So I think just learning from [Brian] Hoyer, Cam, Jarrett [Stidham], anyone I can, and listening to Josh [McDaniels] and his coaching, there’s a lot of work to do but I think I’ve made progress. But, honestly, the only thing that matters is today.”
Barring an unforeseen circumstance, Jones’ first start will come against his former teammate, Tua Tagovailoa, as the Patriots host the Miami Dolphins on Sept. 12. Jones and Tagovailoa are two of three former Alabama quarterbacks who could hold starting jobs in the NFL as Jalen Hurts is in competition for the Eagles starting role as well. Hurts, Tagovailoa and Jones all played at Alabama during the 2017 and 2018 seasons in what is arguably one of the most talented quarterback rooms in college football history.
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Coach Bill Belichick had said repeatedly that Newton was the team's starting quarterback but that he had to reestablish that position, or someone would have to play better than him. Jones has done that, in Belichick's view.
Jones finished the preseason 36-of-52 for 389 yards, with one touchdown and no interceptions, playing 107 snaps, easily the highest total among Patriots quarterbacks.
Newton had started every preseason game but didn't play as much overall (39 snaps). He finished the preseason 14-of-21 for 162 yards, with one touchdown and one interception.
In releasing Newton, who was a team captain, it clears a path for Jones to grow into more of a leadership role without having the presence of the former NFL Most Valuable Player behind him. Veteran Brian Hoyer is expected to serve as Jones' primary backup, and the team has 2019 fourth-round pick Jarrett Stidham on the physically unable to perform list as a possible option later in the season.
Early Tuesday morning, Belichick said Newton had been heading in the "right direction" when asked about his preseason and training camp. That added to the surprise of Newton's release.
After news of his release came out, Newton posted on his Instagram account: "I really appreciate all the love and support during this time but I must say ... please don't feel sorry for me. I'm good."
Belichick had previously said he was looking for consistency and production over a period of time when evaluating quarterbacks -- which naturally included practice and games. One breakthrough for Jones came when Newton missed three practices because of a COVID-19 protocol "misunderstanding" last week, and Jones took over the team.
Jones was particularly impressive in one joint session with the New York Giants, continuing a theme of him running the traditional Patriots offense that includes empty formations, setting the offensive line protection at the line of scrimmage and checking out of plays when the situation called for it. Jones had said he felt like he was in a "game flow" that day.
On Sunday night, after the preseason finale, Jones said he was preparing as the starter but was ready for all possibilities. "I'm here to play any role I can play, help in any way I can, and I'm going to be ready whenever my time comes," he said.
Jones has quickly earned respect from teammates, with veteran offensive tackle Trent Brown previously saying, "I think he can be special. To be so young, I think he makes some throws that not a lot of young guys can make."
Longtime captain Matthew Slater, the longest-tenured Patriot, previously said: "I think he's a great young man. Character really counts when you talk about what we do off the football field, the way we carry ourselves. The way that he commands respect of even guys like myself, older guys that been here for a while, he's earned that respect by the way that he's gone about his craft."
The Patriots had re-signed Newton to a modest one-year deal in March that included $3.5 million in guaranteed money. Newton would have earned $5.1 million if he was healthy and on the roster as a backup, with incentives that upped the potential package to as much as $13.6 million if he was the starter and the team advanced into the playoffs.
The Boston Globe first reported Newton's release.