New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton has revealed that he is not guaranteed to be Week 1 starter. Newton has a competition as the Patriots selected quarterback Mac Jones at No. 15 in this past NFL draft. "No. You know he hasn't said that.
So for you to just ask that question, you know, it is what it is," Newton said after the Patriots' practice with the Philadelphia Eagles at the NovaCare Complex, per ESPN. "Every single day, I'm coming out here with the anticipation to just get better, and that's the only thing that I can do.
So I can control that." Newton has acknowledged that Jones is his competition. "Whatever time Mac is ready to challenge and compete, then we'll see how that goes," Newton said.
Newton all good with all the talk
"I don't take it personal.
I just want you guys to understand, everything y'all know, I know. There's no hidden motives, or things like that," Newton said. "I do know those things like that, I can't worry about. Because each and every day, I don't necessarily care about who's starting.
I mostly care about making sure I put the best product out there for me. I know Mac is feeling the same, and I know Brian is feeling the same way, and everyone else, going down each and every position. As far as Week 1, we have so much to worry about prior to Week 1; that's where my focus is right now."
Jones made his NFL debut in the Patriots' preseason opener. "I think I could actually slow down a little bit and just take it in, and stick to my rules," Jones said. "I didn't feel like I was out of place or anything ...
[but] I felt like I left a lot of plays on the field. You have to take it for what it is worth and tell the guys 'My bad' and keep moving forward." Jones is keen to keep working hard and wait for his opportunity.
"For me, honestly, I've always just been blessed to be a part of a team," Jones said, when asked if his goal was to be Week 1 starter. "You never know when your time is going to come. I'm just ready to keep working.
Obviously I have a lot of work to do. That's very clear. But I'm going to keep working every day, and everything will just work out how it's supposed to play out."