FOXBOROUGH, Massachusetts – New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton does not train on Thursday due to a right arm injury, and the first project pick Mac Jones works mostly behind Jarrett Stidham and veteran Brian Hoyer as he prepares for a possible training camp. in July.
“I’m a rookie, so I’m just learning from them. We’re all in this together. There’s competition, but people want to have a misinterpreted word, like it’s bad competition or unhealthy,” Jones said. “We’re all close. We’ll all get along together. We’ll do that.”
How quickly Jones improves and puts himself in a position to be a starter is a naturally hot topic in New England, after the Patriots selected him 1
Belichik often emphasizes that spring is a time for teaching and the real competition starts at the beginning of the training camp at the end of July. He had previously named Newton the team’s top quarterback, saying time would tell if anyone would challenge him. Jones, meanwhile, called Newton a “good mentor.”
“He calls me ‘Mac and Cheese,’ so I have my nickname,” he said, adding that Stidham and Hoyer also helped him in the movie theater as he worked to compete with them in mastering the game book.
“They can do it very quickly. My goal is to hope I can do it even faster every day and I tried to do it. It’s kind of second nature to them. I need to figure out how to do it. fast and perform the plays very quickly to a level in a new violation. “
Assessing his own progress, the 22-year-old Jones admitted that he had a few good days and then bad ones.
“It’s not going to be perfect every day. It’s hard when you’re competitive and you want to be really good every day. It won’t be like that in the beginning. Eventually you get it and things start to roll your way,” he said. “I think it just goes back to following my rules and a lot happens in my brain. You just try to see everything. Sometimes you see too much or whatever. And then you don’t see anything. So I have to figure out in this violation, how can I do this – how can I break the plays, what is my job, what should I do in this particular play and then put the plays separately.
“I did this obviously well in college or whatever, but these are the pros and I need to figure out how to do it here.”
Jones, who led Alabama to the national championship last season while completing a record 77.4% of his passes, described how he is getting closer every day.
“Somehow I have two buckets. Things I know in one bucket and things I keep mixing – or things I don’t get – I have to put in another bucket and find out what’s wrong,” he said. “You have to improve the bad and keep the good in the good.”
The Patriots are scheduled for their last voluntary team event on Friday, and then their three-day mandatory mini-camp begins on Monday.
As for what Belichik has seen from Jones learning about the game book, he said: “The Mac works like everyone else and there are a lot of things that all these guys can learn and learn, and it goes on. to accumulate every day. group, they have worked hard and we are making progress … things are moving in the right direction. “