ESPN expert made his prediction for the Patriots’ quarterback competition
The Patriots continue to explore the unfamiliar territory of a post-Tom Brady era as Bill Belichick’s team heads into the start of 2021 training camp with a legitimate quarterback competition.
Last season’s starter, Cam Newton, returns in the hopes of keeping his place atop the depth chart. Meanwhile, first round pick Mac Jones enters the picture with high expectations, and the opportunity to compete for a starting role.
“I think of all [the quarterback competitions], that’s the most organic, true [and] open competition,” noted ESPN football analyst Louis Riddick during “Get Up!” on Monday. “May the best man win here.”
On one hand, Riddick thinks New England will see an improved version of Newton, who struggled to complete passes for much of 2020. The 32-year-old former MVP threw just eight touchdowns in his first season with the Patriots against 10 interceptions.
“I believe Cam will be much better than he was last year,” Riddick explained. “New England believes the same thing, otherwise they wouldn’t have brought him back. Just common sense leads you to believe that Cam will be much better.”
But Riddick, who correctly predicted the Patriots’ free agent frenzy before it happened during the offseason, also thinks Jones has…