Mac Jones or Cam Newton? Bill Belichick announces Patriots starting QB
Cam Newton has once again been named the New England Patriots’ starting quarterback. New England coach Bill Belichick referred to Newton as his starter when speaking to the press on Saturday.
Belichick was first asked about evaluating the quarterback position.
“We’ll take a look at the whole situation,” Belichick said. “I don’t think you want to evaluate players at any position off of one or two plays, or maybe a day, so from a consistency standpoint that’s always important and, obviously, production, so, hopefully, those things will be good, and I’m sure it’ll be a hard decision. But we’ll see how it goes. Let them play and try to do what we feel like is best for the team based on their performance.”
When pressed on a follow-up question, Belichick called Newton the starting quarterback.
“I mean, Cam’s our starting quarterback,” Belichick said. “I think I’ve said that.”
Newton signed with New England ahead of the 2020 season after nine years with the Carolina Panthers. Last season, the Patriots went 7-8 in Newton’s 15 starts. Newton was 242-of-368 passing for 2,657 yards, 8 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also ran the ball 137 times for 592 yards and 12 TDs.
Mac Jones is the first first-round quarterback selection by the Patriots in the Belichick era. New England also has veteran QB Brian Hoyer on the roster. The team recently lost Jarrett Stidham for 12 weeks after the former Auburn quarterback underwent back surgery.