- Cam Newton and Mac Jones are competing for the Patriots’ starting quarterback job.
- But the two appear to be getting along swimmingly.
- On Sunday, Newton chased Jones down the Patriots sideline, determined to get a high five.
Veteran Cam Newton and rookie Mac Jones are competing for the Patriots’ starting quarterback job, but it seems the two teammates are nonetheless getting along well.
During the Patriots preseason finale against the New York Giants on Sunday, Jones led the offense on back-to-back touchdown drives to start the second half. That gve the Patriots a 19-7 lead.
After the second score, Newton marched behind Jones with his hand raised for a high five as Jones made his way down the Patriots sideline. The veteran quarterback was determined to slap hands with his rookie teammate, no matter how much effort it took.
When Jones realized he had missed Newton, he graciously accepted the praise.
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“I didn’t hear him or see him, and then I was like, ‘Oh, my bad,'” Jones said after the game, when asked about nearly leaving his teammate hanging. “That’s Cam for you. He’s happy and he’s a great teammate. I’m happy to be in the same room and just learn from him because he’s a great dude.”
Newton got his high five in the end, but if he hadn’t, it wouldn’t have been the first time a Patriots quarterback was left hanging for a high five on the sideline. During his two decades with the Patriots, Tom Brady was left with an empty palm in the air several times. Super Bowl rings don’t always ensure you make high-five contact, apparently.
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With the Patriots set to start their regular season in just two weeks, the team has to decide between Newton and Jones soon. Newton, who is going into his 11th NFL season, likely offers New England a better chance at winning in the immediate future. But if the franchise sees Jones as its quarterback for for several seasons after this, the difference between the two players might not be big enough to keep the Patriots from going with the rookie right away.
As things stand, head coach Bill Belichick is still playing coy.
“No, we still have a lot of decisions to make,” Belichick said when asked if he had figured out who would start the first game of the season for New England.
Regardless of who wins the job, it’s good to know that the Patriots quarterback room will have plenty of positive vibes.