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Patriots release Cam Newton, rookie Mac Jones named starter

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Patriots release Cam Newton, rookie Mac Jones named starter

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Sep 01
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The New England Patriots made a surprising move just before the new season starts.

Quarterback Cam Newton, who joined the team on a one-year, $5.1 million contract last year, has been released by the Patriots.

As a result, rookie Mac Jones, who was selected by the Patriots with the 15th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, had been named the Patriots’ starter..

Multiple reports speculated that Newton’s reluctance to get vaccinated was one of the reasons why he was cut from the team.

The 32-year-old addressed the news of his release on Instagram.

“I really appreciate all the love and support during the time, but I must say, please don’t feel sorry for me,” Newton wrote. “I’m good.”

NFL reporter for PFF Doug Kyed said Newton’s “command of the locker room” and “vaccination status” played a role in the Patriots’ decision.

Newton had to take his COVID-19 test outside the team’s facility last week since he was unvaccinated. Following the NFL’s guidelines for unvaccinated players, Newton missed the joint practice with the New York Giants.

Patriots reporter Jeff Howe said New England head coach Bill Belichick appreciates players who work harder in practice than preseason games.

“Spoke to a couple sources yesterday about the QBs,” wrote Howe on Twitter. “They mentioned the importance Belichick places on joint practices, much more than the preseason games, and how the rotation might not be as big of an indicator as we thought.”

The Patriots start the regular season versus the Miami Dolphins at home on September 12.

  • Cam Newton

    Cameron Jerrell Newton is an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League . He previously played nine seasons with the Carolina Panthers,

  • New England Patriots

    The New England Patriots are a professional American football team based in the Greater Boston area.