FOXBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — The Cam Newton era has apparently come to an end in New England.
Reports Tuesday morning indicate the Patriots have parted ways with the quarterback after a little more than a year.
The Boston Globe’s Jim McBride was first to report the news, and it was soon confirmed by ESPN’s NFL insider Adam Schefter.
The move clears a path to the starting role for rookie Mac Jones, who was selected by the Patriots in the first round of this year’s NFL Draft.
Tuesday is the deadline for teams to cut their rosters down to 53 players.
Head coach Bill Belichick, who’s been characteristically unforthcoming about which quarterback may start Week 1, made no mention of Newton’s status with the team during a news conference Tuesday morning.
Belichick didn’t have an update on QB situation.
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While the Patriots have yet to confirm that Newton’s been cut, the quarterback hinted at it in an Instagram post, saying: “I really appreciate all the love and support during this time but I must say … please don’t feel sorry for me!! I’m good.”
Newton wasn’t much of a factor in the Patriots’ final preseason win against the Giants, completing 2 of 5 passes for 10 yards and an interception.
Jones, however, saw more time on the field, going 10-for-14 for 156 yards and a touchdown.
In the team’s three preseason games overall, Jones completed 69% of his passes (36 of 52) for 389 yards while Newton competed 66% (14 of 21) for 162 yards as they competed for the starting position.
The Patriots will host the Miami Dolphins to start the regular season on Sunday, Sept. 12, meaning Jones will go head-to-head with his former Alabama teammate Tua Tagovailoa.
Newton, 32, was first signed by the Patriots to a one-year deal in late June 2020, then was given a one-year extension earlier this year. Coming off an injury-plagued season in which he only played in two games for the Carolina Panthers, the 2015 MVP hoped for a fresh start in New England, but never seemed to settle into the Patriots’ system.
In the 15 games Newton started (he missed the Week 4 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs after testing positive for COVID-19) he had some of the lowest passing numbers of his career, though he did punch in 12 rushing touchdowns.
The Patriots finished with a record of 7-9, marking their first losing season since 2000, as well as the first time missing the playoffs since 2008.
This is a developing story and will be updated as we learn more information.
Additionally, the Patriots reportedly placed CB Stephon Gilmore on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) List on Tuesday, meaning he’ll be out for at least the first six weeks of the season.
Patriots placing Pro Bowl CB Stephon Gilmore on the Physically Unable To Perform List, which means he will miss at least the first six games, per source. He is recovering from quad surgery at end of last season. His agent Jason Chayut of @SPORTSTARSNYC confirmed the move to ESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 31, 2021
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