Bill Belichick Backs Rookie Mac Jones to Lead New England Patriots Offense

Published 09/01/2021, 2:10 PM EDT


The New England Patriots shocked everyone by letting go of quarterback Cam Newton. The decision came out of the blue and shocked the entire NFL world when it was announced. 

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Newton who was signed on to a new year-long contract was released by the Patriots yesterday in a sudden turn of events. While Patriots head coach Bill Belichick hinted at Newton being the Patriots‘ QB through the course of the offseason, it seems the franchise had a change of heart. 

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – OCTOBER 25: Cam Newton #1 of the New England Patriots warms up prior to their game against the San Francisco 49ers at Gillette Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Belichick has won Super Bowl wins with the franchise, so his word definitely has some value. The GM of the side as well, Belichick reiterated that Newton’s absence won’t be felt with rookie QB Mac Jones in the mix.

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Mac Jones the future QB1 for the New England Patriots 

During a recent press conference, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick talked about his confidence with Mac Jones as the starter.

“First of all, he’s had a high level of production,” Belichick said. “I feel like he’s been able to show an ability to do things the way we want them done at a productive level.”

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Mac Jones is still relatively new to the NFL. His skill sets are yet to be tested against the league’s best. But Belichick believes that the learning curve will come with time. 

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Aug 12, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones 10) hands the ball off to running back Sony Michel (26) during the first half of a game against the Washington Football Team at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

“He’s young, I’m sure he’ll continue to learn and grow. We’ll see where that goes. That’s why we drafted him and I think he’s come in and performed at a level that supports that,” Belichick added as per PFT.

The Patriots took a huge gamble with releasing Newton. While he might be past his prime, the quarterback knows how to lead an NFL offense, something that Mac Jones is oblivious to. 

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Sure, he made some big plays during the preseason, but Jones’ ability against a starting defense is yet to be seen. Do you feel Mac Jones has what it takes to lead an offense in the NFL? Let us know in the comments below.

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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