Cam Newton remains in the lead to begin the season as the Patriots’ starting quarterback. The first indication of that came very early on Thursday.
Newton took the first reps in the first drills with the starting offensive line during Thursday’s joint practice with the New York Giants, the final open practice of 2021 training camp. It was literally just a snap of the ball from the center to the quarterback, but Newton got the ball before rookie Mac Jones.
This set the tone for Newton to resume leading off team drills, which he did at the start of 11-on-11’s against the Giants’ starting defense. Despite that, Newton got significantly fewer total reps than Jones. Newton finished 4-of-6 in 11’s, and 6-of-10 in combined 11-on-11 and 7-on-7 drills.
Jones, meanwhile, was 10-of-21 in 11’s and 11-of-23 overall, but wasn’t necessarily as bad as the overall numbers suggest. Here’s a more detailed breakdown of the day for both quarterbacks…
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