Both quarterbacks Cam Newton and Mac Jones delivered good performances on Thursday night as the New England Patriots ended up dominating the Philadelphia Eagles 35-0 at Lincoln Financial Field. Newton started the game and went 8-of-9 for 103 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions.
Jones replaced Newton after three series and went 13-of-19 for 146 yards. Jones didn't throw a touchdown pass but he also didn't have an interception. In the first quarter, Patriots wide receiver Jakobi Meyers caught a 28-yard touchdown pass from Newton.
"Cam, Mac, all of us, I think we're all getting better day by day," Meyers said, per ESPN. "Last year [Cam] got the short end of the stick, just having to be thrown into the situation with no preseason and everything.
Not trying to make excuses for him or anything, but I think this year is definitely a leap forward, and I think we're all growing as an offense." On a third-and-13 in the second quarter, rookie quarterback Jones found N'Keal Harry for a 19-yard pass and the drive eventually resulted in a touchdown.
"I've been around Mac long enough know to know that's not really a surprise," said Meyers, who totaled three catches for 56 yards. "That was the expectation when they drafted him."
The starting quarterback battle between Newton and Jones still on
This week, Newton noted that he wasn't guaranteed the starting quarterback spot.
"No. You know he (coach Bill Belichick) hasn't said that. So for you to just ask that question, you know, it is what it is," Newton said earlier this week. "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 also claimed that he was all good with competing with Jones for the starting quarterback job. "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."