The New England Patriots didn’t just decide to start Mac Jones at quarterback. Bill Belichick also elected to release quarterback Cam Newton, the starter from 2020. It was a massive reshuffling of the depth chart, which will have a major impact over the next season.
Jones is ready. That much was clear over the course of training camp and preseason. Why Newton is no longer a Patriot is a bit of a mystery. He has expressed in the past that he wants to be a starter, but he may have a hard time finding one at this point in the offseason. More on that later.
Here are our takeaways on the Patriots’ QB decision.