The last time the New England Patriots suited up for a game, both Cam Newton and Mac Jones looked solid. Newton completed all but one of his passes last week against the Philadelphia Eagles, throwing for a touchdown. Jones then took over and was also efficient and operated the New England offense well.
Still, if you were placing bets on the Week 1 starter after that performance, odds are you were placing them on the veteran.
Then, the real world stepped into the situation. Newton was required to stay away from the team for five days due to COVID protocols, allowing Jones to get a full day in joint practices with the New York Giants as the number one quarterback. By all accounts, Jones had a great day Wednesday in that role. Newton is now back with the team, but as head coach Bill Belichick admitted this week, this was an opportunity for Jones to showcase what he can do.
I would still anticipate Newton being named the starter for Week 1, but the trend does seem to be moving in Jones’ direction.