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Cam Newton lines up in the shotgun on Day 1 of Patriots minicamp 2021

It was a busy day in Foxborough for the Patriots’ first minicamp practice. Monday saw the return of a number of key players who had missed or skipped OTAs, while those not in attendance made headlines as well.

We’ll start – as we did for most of OTAs – with the quarterbacks. Cam Newton participated in his first public practice since injuring his hand two weeks ago and suffering a reported bone bruise. Upon his return, Newton resumed his role as the team’s primary quarterback, leading the way through team drills. 

While Newton missed throws at times, he wasn’t any more erratic than the Patriots’ other three quarterbacks on the day, with all four struggling with the heavy rain that fell for the majority of practice.

Despite dealing with the rain, rookie Mac Jones had another solid day. As Jones himself admitted last week, he still has a lot of learning ahead of him, about both the Patriots’ offense and playing football at an NFL level. 

As that learning process continues, Jones’ development is apparent. He’s already throwing the ball with more conviction, seems to have a better sense of passing windows, and is utilizing more pump fakes. At this time of year, nothing is more important than progress, and Jones is making progress.

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