Mac Jones is attempting to be the next quarterback to fill Tom Brady’s shoes, but Bill Belichick still hasn’t committed to Jones or Cam Newton starting.
OTA’s have begun and both Newton and Mac Jones were present for the activities. Belichick spoke positively about both quarterbacks, but we’re still in the dark as to whether any of them have a leg up on the other.
Bill Belichick: Mac Jones dove into the playbook and continues to do that. https://t.co/XhsnXs9gkz
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Who Will Start At QB For The New England Patriots As Mac Jones Is Working Hard During OTA’s & Cam Newton Remains “Very Professional”
The quarterback battle rages on in New England without any clear indication of who’s going to win. Belichick, as usual, has been very mum with his takes on both quarterbacks. Of course, Jones is being groomed to be the quarterback of the future, but that doesn’t mean he’ll start immediately.
There’s been a growing trend of teams opting to sit their rookie quarterbacks early, giving them the time to develop before they’re thrown into the jungle that is the NFL.
Could Mac Jones be one of those quarterbacks? Time will tell, but he’s making a good impression on Belichick and the coaching staff early on. Belichick had the following to say:
“Mac dove into the playbook and continues to do that, and like everyone out there, there are a lot things out there that we have to work on. That includes everybody, so that’s what he’s doing. That’s what everyone is doing.”
When asked about Cam, Belichick said:
“Cam’s very professional. I’m sure that he’ll continue to work hard to do his best out there, like he’s always done for us. It’s never been anything but that since the day he’s been here.”
So of course, the question everyone’s dying to find an answer to naturally becomes, “Who’s starting for the New England Patriots?” Well, Mr. Belichick?
“I think all the quarterbacks are working hard. Really, we’re starting everyone at the same point, like we always do at this time of year.”
Week 1 is still a long way away, so it makes sense that Belichick really doesn’t have an answer right now. After all, OTA’s are the least important factor in the offseason when it comes to who’s going to get the start. Training camps and pre-season games are still yet to come, so buckle up everyone. This quarterback competition might last a while.