New England Patriots

Jul 28, 2021; Foxborough, MA, United States; New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) throws a pass during training camp at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

After telling reporters Saturday morning that Cam Newton is the Patriots’ starting quarterback, Bill Belichick seemed to hammer the point home with the distribution of snaps on Day 4 of training camp practice.

“Cam’s our starting quarterback,” Belichick said Saturday morning when asked about the competition. However, he left room for that standing to change before the start of the season when asked about how he goes about evaluating the quarterbacks.

“We’ll take a look at the whole situation. I don’t think you want to evaluate players at any position off of one or two plays, or maybe a day, so from a consistency standpoint that’s always important and obviously production, so hopefully those things will be good and I’m sure it’ll be a hard decision,” he explained. “We’ll see how it goes. Let them play and try to do what we feel like is best for the team based on their performance.”

On Saturday, there was plenty of chance for evaluation, with the two quarterbacks throwing a combined 46 passes. Newton dominated the reps for most of practice, getting about two snaps for every one taken by Mac Jones. It wasn’t until the final period of practice that Jones saw a heavier workload.

Newton finished the day 17-of-26, with one pass broken up by a defender. Jones was 14-of-20, with two PBUs. Brian Hoyer was 11-of-15, while Jake Dolegala participated in team drills for the first time and was 3-for-3.

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