New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton said Monday that he did not know whether head coach Bill Belichick would name him as the starting quarterback for the team’s regular season opener against the Miami Dolphins on September 12.
“No. You know he hasn’t said that,” said Newton after a practice with the Philadelphia Eagles. “So for you to just ask that question, you know, it is what it is.”
Previously, Belichick repeatedly hinted that Newton would remain the team’s starting quarterback until there is someone who can perform better.
However, on the night the Patriots drafted Mac Jones in the first round, Belichick said, “Whatever time Mac is ready to challenge and compete, then we’ll see how that goes.”
Jones showed he was worthy of being a starter when he helped the Patriots win its preseason game over the Washington Football Team 22-13 on Thursday.
He played one series behind the first-unit offensive line and successfully executed a two-minute offense at the start of the second half. Both led to field goals.
While Newton started the game, he only led the team to one field goal. He finished 4-of-7 for 49 yards.
“I don’t take [your questions] personal,” said Newton. “I just want you guys to understand, everything y’all know, I know. There’s no hidden motives, or things like that. 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.”