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Oct 18, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick walks past quarterback Cam Newton (1) along the sidelines during the second half against the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick didn’t wait long to confirm that, yes, Cam Newton is still his starting quarterback.

In fact, Belichick made sure to include it in his opening statement less than two hours after the Patriots selected Alabama quarterback Mac Jones with the No. 15 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

“Cam [Newton]’s our quarterback,” said Belichick. “Whatever position, whatever time Jarrett [Stidham] or Mac [Jones] are ready to challenge and compete, then we’ll see how that goes. But right now, Mac, he’s just got a lot of learning in front of him.

“I know he’s very anxious to get going on it and get started and so we’ll start trying to give him material to work on and be ready for the rookie mini-camp in the second week of May, and then on to the rookie development program and so forth.”

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