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Jan 27, 2021; American quarterback Mac Jones of Alabama (10) and American quarterback Jamie Newman of Wake Forest/Georgia (7) watch drills during American practice at Hancock Whitney Stadium in Mobile, Alabama, USA; Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com

The Patriots’ scouts in Mobile for the Senior Bowl certainly have their hands full with draft prep, but one item towards the top of their to-do list appears to be finding the team’s next quarterback.

Speaking with the media after Thursday’s practice, both Mac Jones and Jamie Newman confirmed they have met with Patriots representatives this week. With no combine this year, these Senior Bowl meetings hold added significance.

Jones has been a popular rumored target for the Patriots over the last few weeks. The highest-ranked QB participating in the Senior Bowl, he’s done nothing but increase his stock and is now considered a solid first round pick. Jones suffered a minor ankle injury during Thursday’s practice, and may not participate in the actual Senior Bowl game on Saturday.

Newman is currently considered a Day 3 pick after sitting out last season. The Wake Forest product has had an up-and-down week, as he tries to separate himself from the project QB group of guys like Ian Book, Feleipe Franks, and Sam Ehlinger. Asked about his meeting with the Patriots, Newman told reporters “I really like their organization.”

None of the other four quarterbacks taking part in the Super Bowl confirmed meetings with Patriots staffers, although Franks replied “not yet” when asked if he had. Thursday was the final day of practices at the showcase, with the game set to be played Friday afternoon.

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Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Looking for a podcast guest? Let him know on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at Alexander.Barth@bbgi.com.