Cam Newton Spills the Beans on His Relationship With Mac ‘and Cheese’ Jones

Published 06/16/2021, 10:36 AM EDT
FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – OCTOBER 25: Cam Newton #1 of the New England Patriots walks on the sidelines during their NFL game against the San Francisco 49ers at Gillette Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)


The ship is still unstable at New England. Ever since the departure of Tom Brady, the team has been in search of it’s new QB1. While the franchise believed Cam Newton would be the one to steer them to clearer waters, his attempts overall failed to impress.

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Retained for 2021 though, it seems the franchise does have some faith left in Newton. But that faith could be short-lived. Drafting Alabama QB Mac Jones with the 15th overall pick, the side has chosen its quarterback for the future.

Newton, 32, is surely aware that his role next season will be that of a bridge quarterback. One who steadies the ship till the new captain can take over. 

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But that hasn’t nurtured any hard feelings. Touted to be the Patriots’ starter for at least the opening half of the season, Newton has gotten along well with Jones who he seems to refers to as “Mac and Cheese.”  

Cam Newton has been in Mac Jones’ shoes 

Speaking to the media after minicamp, Newton was asked about his thoughts on the rookie QB. And Newton responded by saying that he could definitely understand what the young QB was going through.  

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“Mac and Cheese, he’s pretty cool. He’s quiet. I think he’s trying to figure everybody out,” Newton said. “I’ve been there before. I’ve been a rookie and I’ve been a first-round pick, where so much is asked from you.”

Nov 22, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) calls a play at the line of scrimmage during the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Newton was the first overall pick back in 2011. Drafted by the Carolina Panthers, he led the side to a Super Bowl appearance in 2015 and even won the league MVP award for his performances. 

“Coming from a situation from where you have a lot of people that are your peers, and now, Mac is 21-22, I’m 32, Hoyer is 35-36, so it’s tough,” Newton added about Jones’ transition process. 

And so far it seems Mac Jones has made quite a favorable impression on the veteran QB.

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“He’s doing a great job with being everything that’s advertised — from a leadership perspective, he’s holding himself accountable. That’s all you can ask from a young player.”

While Newton is slated to be the starter for the Patriots come their season opener, he will be wary of the threat that Mac Jones possesses. How long he’ll be able to hold on to that position will eventually be dictated by his performances. 

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A repeat of 2020 though would spell the end of Cam Newton days as the Patriots’ starting quarterback.  

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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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