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New England Patriots make decision on Mac Jones, quarterback battle

Mac Jones and Patriots' OC Josh McDaniels on the field at OTAs
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One of the biggest competitions of NFL training camp was the starting quarterback job for the New England Patriots.

Cam Newton and Mac Jones battled last week, and both had strong moments. Jones has made big strides and has earned the respect of everyone in the organization. However, Bill Belichick chose not to name the 15th overall pick of this year’s NFL Draft as the starter. According to ESPN’s Mike Reiss, the Patriots are going with Newton as its starter in his second year with the team.

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Per Reiss, Belichick told reporters that Newton is the starter.

Last week, Jones performed well at Saturday’s practice. He completed 12 of 17 passes, including a 10-yard touchdown to Jakobi Meyers.

Jones connected on four straight passes against the starting defense, and it was his best outing on the field.

Newton complimented Jones’ demeanor, stating that he’s ‘cool like the other side of the pillow.’

As an alumnus of the University of Alabama, the 2020 Heisman finalist showed he can drive the ball downfield and excel at the intermediate passing game.

He will continue to push, but Jones knows his time is coming. New England took him for a reason, and it likes what it sees.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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