New England Patriots

L-R: New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton; QB Mac Jones. (Paul Rutherford/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots have a vastly improved roster for 2021, but the biggest question remains at the most important position on the field.

Who’s the starting quarterback in New England? The answer may be more definitive to Bill Belichick than to anyone else. “Cam’s our quarterback,” the head coach declared once again, taking the corner of Cam Newton mere hours after selecting Alabama quarterback Mac Jones in the first round of the 2021 draft in April. But will that declaration stand into another September?

The Patriots will take the field for 2021 training camp with four quarterbacks still in tow, after re-signing veteran Brian Hoyer and retaining 2019 fourth-round pick Jarrett Stidham to start his third year. After a mixed bag of performances for all of them, the answer as to the 2021 starter may be murkier than ever – especially how it may look later in the season.

Here’s a preview of the quarterback position for the 2021 Patriots, with training camp less than two weeks away.

Patriots training camp practices kick off Wednesday, July 28, and will include open access to the public. The first open practices will run from July 28-31.

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