Patriots quarterback Cam Newton throws a pass during training camp at Gillette Stadium.
As the Patriots kicked off their first padded practice of 2021, Cam Newton shined. While fans may groan hearing Newton string together strong practices, it is about what’s best for the team. Mac Jones’ accuracy has been as advertised, but the rookie has gone through his own growing pains during the week.
It is important to note that today’s practice focused mainly on the run game with less of an emphasis on the passing attack. The first couple of days featured a large element of red-zone passing, something that Jones did very well on. It is wise to avoid making snap judgements on a handful of throws that either Jones or Newton make each day. That being said, Newton had a much better day in 11v11s.
Newton-> 5-for-7, 2 TDs
Jones: 1-for-6, 1 INT
Newton also seen hyping the crowd up.
Cam Newton working the crowd. pic.twitter.com/Dayq1cZ7b8
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It seems as though Jones’ miscues are due more to timing than accuracy. Jones throws the ball where he wants it to go, the issue has been who may be standing there when he throw it. Newton, on the other hand, has struggled with throwing an accurate ball consistently.
“Ever since I’ve been here, it’s been a quarterback competition…I’m supposed to make Mac Jones better,” said Newton.
It’s important to remember that the 32-year-old veteran doing well in camp is a good thing. It does not matter who fans may prefer to start for the Patriots — what matters is the best man for the job. The job won’t be given after the first padded practice. It solely means the man who earns the starting job is the man who is best for the team.
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