The quarterback battle in New England is over. It is officially the Mac Jones era for the Patriots. On Tuesday, the Patriots released quarterback Cam Newton, who was the starter throughout the 2020 season.
Newton's time in New England was a bit of a rollercoaster, from impressing early on last season, then seriously struggling, missing games due to COVID-19 and then this year missing some time at training camp due to a misunderstanding of the NFL's COVID-19 protocols.
The 32-year-old was the presumed starter for the regular season, but then Jones made things a bit more interesting, impressing at camp and in the preseason. Head coach Bill Belichick had not yet named a starter prior to Tuesday morning, but now with Newton gone we know who is getting that QB1 spot.
Jones was taken in the first round of the 2021 draft and will be the will be the first rookie starting QB for the Patriots since Drew Bledsoe in 1993. The football world had a lot to say following the news of Newton's release. Here are some of the best tweets:
Many people are bringing back this old Newton commercial:
Wanna feel old?— 𝕂𝕨𝕒𝕟𝕚 𝔸. 𝕃𝕦𝕟𝕚𝕤 (@KwaniALunis) August 31, 2021
This kid grew up to be Mac Jones pic.twitter.com/BwRxYNuvb7
Where is Newton heading next? Possibly Houston?
When the Texans find out the Patriots released Cam Newton pic.twitter.com/6OoblaqiG4— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) August 31, 2021
Jones previously stated he would be ready when it was his time.
Mac Jones on Sunday night: "I'm going to be ready whenever my time comes."— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) August 31, 2021
The. Time. Is. Now.
Patriots fans thanked Newton for what he brought to the team in his short time there.
cam newton did damn near everything you could have asked of him in his ridiculously weird time here and certainly made a fan out me in the process. wish him nothing but the best.— brianna pirre (@bsp_13) August 31, 2021
Some are taking a look back at the former MVP's prime:
Prime Cam Newton was so fun to watch— Markelle 🇭🇹 (@IcyRandleSzn) August 31, 2021
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