Jones has signed a four-year, $15.6 million contract with the Patriots, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Jones' deal also includes a fifth-year option. The Alabama product was taken by New England 15th overall in the 2021 NFL Draft and is slated to compete with returnee Cam Newton for the team's Week 1 starting QB assignment. For now at least, Newton sits atop the Patriots' depth chart after being the first signal caller to log snaps throughout spring drills, per ESPN's Mike Reiss. While Newton holds an edge in terms of experience and mobility, Reiss notes that when Jones "had it going" during OTAs and minicamp, the team's passing game "most closely resembled what it had been for the better part of the past two decades from a timing, rhythm and accuracy standpoint." Whether the rookie is able to overtake Newton prior to the start of the coming season remains to be seen, but this could end up being one of the league's more intriguing training camp job battles this summer.
Michael Giardi of NFL Network suggests that "a legit competition is on tap" this summer between Jones and incumbent starting QB Cam Newton.
Citing Newton's uneven 2020 campaign, as well Jones having held his own over the course of the Patriots' OTAs and mandatory minicamp, Giardi believes that the No. 15 overall pick in this year's draft has a chance to push his veteran counterpart in the coming months. That said, the rookie is slated to head into training camp behind Newton on the depth chart and still has some ground to make up if he's to vault into an immediate starting role. For his part, Mike Reiss of ESPN.comsuggests that the Newton/Jones competition "could be one of the NFL's most compelling training camp storylines."
Over the last two days of the Patriots' mandatory minicamp, Jones has been following 2020 starter Cam Newton in the team's QB rotation, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.
Also in the team's signal-caller mix are third-year player Jarrett Stidham, as well as veteran Brian Hoyer, but at this stage Newton remains atop the depth chart while Jones -- the No. 15 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft --gets acclimated to the Patriots' offensive system. Down the road, Jones figures to push Newton for the top job, but how quickly he'll be ready to supplant the incumbent remains to be seen.
Jones sported a compression sleeve on his lower right leg during Friday's OTA and was limping between periods, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.
Jones was still able to complete the practice session and split reps with Jarrett Stidham under center during the second half of the session after Cam Newton left with a finger injury. The rookie doesn't seem to be dealing with a major issue at the moment, but he isn't operating at 100 percent either.
The Patriots selected Jones in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, 15th overall.
Jones' draft day slide comes to an end as the Alabama product ends up in New England. Rumored to go as high as No.3 overall to the 49ers, Jones wound up being the fifth quarterback selected in the first round. Jones lacks the physical traits of Trey Lance or Justin Fields, but he is a polished and accurate passer who executed at a high level as the leader of the Crimson Tide. He torched the opposition in 2020, throwing for 4,500 yards on 11.2 YPA while tossing 41 touchdowns and just four interceptions. Having a star-studded supporting cast helped, but Jones showed an ability to operate an offense and read defenses. The Patriots have Cam Newton back on a one-year deal, so this is a move for the future in all likelihood with Jones likely set to take over in 2022 after a year of learning the system.