Former Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich says he is aware of why New England launched Cam Newton and made Mac Jones the beginning quarterback.
On his YouTube collection, “The Dan and Ninko present,” Ninkovich mentioned the 23-year-old rookie was serving to Newton, a 10-year veteran, be taught the playbook.
“From what I gained from sources contained in the precise constructing… Mac was mainly serving to Cam be taught the playbook,” Ninkovich mentioned. “Mac was having much less psychological errors and a greater understanding of the offense.”
Ninkovich added that Newton didn’t run the no-huddle offense or two-minute drill within the preseason, regardless of the previous MVP receiving first-team reps and being thought of the beginning quarterback as not too long ago as two weeks in the past.
Newton, who began with the Patriots final season beneath longtime and present offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, was launched final week as NFL groups trimmed down their rosters to 53 gamers.
Jones received nearly all of beginning reps after Newton missed 5 days of apply — within the week main as much as the ultimate preseason sport — over what the group characterised as a “misunderstanding” with COVID-19 testing protocols.
It confirmed that Newton was unvaccinated, which led to hypothesis that his vaccination standing performed a task within the Patriots dumping the 2015 MVP.
Head coach Invoice Belichick has denied that notion.
Newton’s NFL future stays up within the air, whereas Jones, the fifteenth total select of Alabama, will take the sphere in opposition to the Dolphins to open the season subsequent weekend.