Covering off what mentor Bill Belichick depicted as a “great week,” Cam Newton appeared to fortify his hold on the New England Patriots’ beginning quarterback spot in a 35-0 win over the host Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night at Lincoln Financial Field.
Newton began and completed 8-of-9 for 103 yards, with one score and no captures, playing three series before tenderfoot Mac Jones dominated.
Jones, the first-round pick from the University of Alabama, was likewise useful in going 13-of-19 for 146 yards more than four series, without any scores and no block attempts.
“Cam, Mac, we all, I believe we’re all improving step by step,” said collector Jakobi Meyers, who got a 28-yard scoring pass from Newton in the primary quarter. “Last year [Cam] got the worst part of the deal, simply being tossed into the circumstance with no preseason and everything. Doing whatever it takes not to rationalize him or anything, yet I think this year is unquestionably a jump forward, and I believe we’re all developing as an offense.”
Belichick has said on various occasions that Newton is the starter, yet added that at whatever point Jones may be prepared to challenge and contend, he would assess that when it occurs.
Jones is testing and contending, as his underlying drive from the get-go in the second quarter Thursday night covered 17 plays, 91 yards and bit up 9:04 on the check prior to finishing in a 1-yard score run by tenderfoot running back Rhamondre Stevenson. It was a predicament for him to enter the game right off the bat in the subsequent quarter, stuck somewhere down in his region, and a 19-yard association with recipient N’Keal Harry on third-and-13 kicked the walk off.
“I’ve been around Mac long sufficient know to realize that is not actually an amazement,” said Meyers, who added up to three gets for 56 yards. “That was the assumption when they drafted him.”
The Eagles didn’t play a large portion of their cautious starters, while the Patriots had the majority of their first-stringers playing through the primary quarter – and had a degree of experience with the rival from rehearsing against them for two days sooner in the week.
Gotten some information about Newton’s second year with the Patriots, and in case he’s actually finding out about him, Belichick advised from offering any revelatory expressions in light of the fact that “the season’s quite ahead of schedule here.” But he recognized, “I believe we’re gaining ground.”
Newton, who gave two footballs to fans in the stands after scores and handed-off that he trusts there are a lot more conveyances throughout the season, said outside of a late bumble by Stevenson that “it was basically a faultless night unpalatably.”
The Patriots will rehearse with the New York Giants on Wednesday and Thursday of the following week in Foxborough, Massachusetts, prior to heading out to East Rutherford, New Jersey, to play them in their preseason finale Aug. 29.