New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick hasn't yet decided on who will start at quarterback in Week 1 -- Cam Newton or Mac Jones. On Sunday, the Patriots played their preseason finale against the New York Giants and claimed a 22-20 win at MetLife Stadium.
Throughout training camp and preseason, 2015 NFL MVP Newton and this year's No. 15 pick Jones battled for the starting quarterback job. "No, we still have a lot of decisions to make," Belichick said after preseason finale, per ESPN.
Newton started the game against the Giants and he went 2-of-5 for 10 yards and one interception. After two series, Newton was replaced by Jones, who completed 10-of-14 passes for 156 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions.
"Like I always say, I'm focused on today. I think there's a lot of stuff I can clean up. I held the ball a little too long at some points today. I'll work on that ... but I'm here to play any role I can play, help in any way I can, and I'm going to be ready whenever my time comes," Jones said.
Jones ready to be the Patriots' starting quarterback
"I learned at a young age, just prepare like the starter. You don't have to be the starter, but prepare, get into your routine," Jones said. "That's something Coach talked about today.
We're going to be in this stadium again [Sept. 19 against the New York Jets] and that's kind of what I did. That's how you can get into a flow." Jones had a good preseason and definitely showed signs of talent and promise.
When asked if he feels like he's done enough to be the starter, Jones said: "I've gotten a lot of opportunities to play, and I can improve on everything. I think just learning from [Brian] Hoyer, Cam, Jarrett [Stidham], and listening to [offensive coordinator] Josh [McDaniels] and his coaching, there's a lot of work to do.
I think I've made progress. But honestly, the only thing that matters is today." Despite the competition, Jones insisted that Newton is a great teammate. "He showed me the video [after the game]," Jones said.
"I didn't hear him, or see him, and then I was like, 'Oh, my bad!' But that's Cam for you. He's happy. He's a great teammate, so I'm happy to be in the same room as him and just learn from him because he's a great dude."