Cam Newton on Mac Jones: He prepares to be perfect, that’s what I admire about him

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Patriots rookie quarterback Mac Jones had a good first preseason game, and even Cam Newton — whose job Jones is trying to take — was impressed.

Newton said after the game that Jones approached him before the game wanting some advice about his first live NFL action, and Newton was impressed, as he has been through training camp, with how seriously Jones takes his job.

“He came and talked to me, and we talked it out about just his expectation. Every young quarterback goes through it — the excitement, the anticipation,” Newton said, via Mike Reiss of ESPN. “He wants to be so perfect, and I see his preparation is always pristine. That’s what I admire about him.”

Newton and Jones may be competing for a starting job, but Newton stressed that they have the same ultimate goal, to win games for the Patriots.

“Everybody learns different, but he’s just going to keep getting better, and we’re going to be here for each other along this whole process,” Newton said.

That’s a team-first attitude from Newton, who is the Patriots’ starter for now but may not be if Jones keeps performing like he did on Thursday night.

35 responses to “Cam Newton on Mac Jones: He prepares to be perfect, that’s what I admire about him

  1. Cam is like OBJ, two team players and all-round good guys who have been unfairly overly criticised by fans and media.

  2. JMHO, but as the season progresses, I’d love to see them both on the field at the same time. Cam would be perfect in a hybrid Hback/QB/TE role, and it would shred defenses. Cam is also turning into a pretty solid dude.

  3. I don’t know Cam personally, but he seems like a great guy.

    I could do without all the silly fashion-plate stuff, but he just appears to be a really good person.

    I find myself pulling for both Cam and Mac / Mac and Cam.

  4. sweetness says:
    August 13, 2021 at 5:39 am
    Cam is like OBJ, two team players and all-round good guys who have been unfairly overly criticised by fans and media.
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    One is an immature diva
    One just really isn’t that good anymore
    Unfairly criticized? Not at all…. THEY ARE WHAT THEY ARE

  5. For how self-centered and ego-driven Cam was in Carolina, and for as bad as he’s been with the Patriots performance-wise, he’s been one hell of a teammate. Rarely faulting others, owning his bad play when the media takes veiled shots at him during interviews, and supporting his teammates like this, the guy is playing the worst ball of his career but he’s handling everything else by far the best he’s ever handled it. Guy really has been a true pro in NE.

  6. He looked smooth, but 13 for 19 for 87 yards is not a good day, especially since he was going against the scrubs. He passed the eye test though.

  7. I never used to like Newton much in Carolina. I hated his self-aggrandizing behavior when he plays well and his pouting with a towel over his head when he loses. However, he seems to have matured and I give him a lot of credit for becoming more of a professional.

  8. He looked the part.. although him getting flattened a few times later in the game was not a good thing…..

  9. Mac looked good. Showed some scrambling ability as well. I liked what i saw from Fitz..Dustin Hopkins on the other hand…ugh

  10. Cam Newton : NCAA Champion. Heisman winner. NFL MVP. Led his team to Superbowl game.
    Helping Patriots #1 pick.
    Class Act !!

  11. Is Cam surprised because he didn’t put in that much effort when he was younger, assuming he could get by on talent alone? If Jones is putting in the work, that seems to mesh with everything said about him prior to the draft, that he may not have the highest talent of some of the other QBs, but that he is professional and a leader.

  12. Cam has really matured. I can honestly say that I am finally a fan of his. Hope he has a big season for the Pats.

  13. Cam just continues to say all the right thing…. even when his play is less than stellar on the field he always appears to be a super teammate. I hope this continues as I see this as a transitional year for him

  14. It is clear toa anyone who is even a casual fan that Jones is better than Newton right now. Imagine what Jones would look like with all starters and a gameplan?

    Newton only looks comfortable running the ball.

  15. The offense looked OK. That near sack is not on Cam, it’s on Wynn. It was exciting to see Mac’s debut. The hundred or so running backs looked like a real threat. Against practice squad players or not, Stevenson prolly made the squad last night.

    The defense gave up long drives keeping the O off of the field. I was hoping to see a better performance from them. But it is only preseason and they are rotating guys who may not even make the team still.

    ‘LinkedIn Nordin’ made a good showing too. 😎

    Overall it was a B- (preseason) performance. There is a lot to do before making the playoffs.

  16. I am liking Patriot Cam quite a lot. But it feels like his shoulder is still a problem. I hope Mac can come along in time if things go/continue to go South for Cam.

  17. We’ve been spoiled by the lightning like adaptations of Marino, Elway, Favre, Mahomes to the NFL game. Not all the elites started fast out of the gate. I saw as much from Mac as I saw in the first games of Montana, Brady, and many other elites in their NFL christening. And I saw just enough poise, confidence, rhythm, arm accuracy and strength, and decision-making to know that, on opening day, Stidham is either on the block or the IR.

  18. Say what you will about Cam Newton….But BB has kept him around for a reason. Supporting your teammates and working hard is a part of “The Patriot Way” and he’s been ticking all the right boxes since he’s arrived. The play on the field is another story but that’s besides the point.

  19. weswelker83 says:
    August 13, 2021 at 7:19 am
    I don’t know Cam personally, but he seems like a great guy.

    I could do without all the silly fashion-plate stuff, but he just appears to be a really good person.

    I find myself pulling for both Cam and Mac / Mac and Cam.

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    But what about Jarret Stidham? He was supposed to be the future of the team.

  20. Belichick knows what he wants in a quarterback. Decision making. Accuracy, Poise in the Pocket. Slide to avoid rush. Ball security. Intelligence. Film watcher. Team first. Hard worker. quick learner.

    Remember Belichcik picked Brady. Belichick picked Garrapolo. Belichick picked Mac Jones. Belichcik did not trade up for Lance Fields or Wilson.

    Mac Jones in time will win more games than any other QB in 2021 draft.

  21. When I watch Jones and look at Patriots roster that is building. I see a dominant team returning to its rightful place. DYNASTY !!!!!

  22. as I’ve seen Cam from afar…whether at Blinn College (Brenham, TX), Auburn, and then Carolina…I always saw a guy who seemed bright, had a very good heart (always liked when Cam gives a ball to a young kid in the stands, more players should do so)…but was too obstinate about his athletic ability. He was too gifted athletically; great arm, huge guy, built like granite, could run…so I think he relied too much of that and sort of shunned learning his craft…he was too gifted athletically and couldn’t be stopped so why have to learn the craft like Brady, Wilson, Manning, ,etc. And it took until the end of his career in Carolina to finally get-it (if he hadn’t gone to NE, very late in the offseason, he might have been done)…and personally, I’ve been real impressed with Cam in New England; he’s humbled and applied himself…now he’s learning from the best, and the smartest…so regardless of how this shakes out (Cam or Mac); Cam is still going to have some good years left, and a much headier QB, if he ends up leaving N.E.. Can’t say I was much of a Cam fan before, simply because by his own decision he wasn’t getting the most of all the amazing talents he was given (all of us weren’t given what Cam naturally was…it was a shame to waste)…but I am a fan now…whether in Foxboro or elsewhere, hoping the best for Cam.

  23. NE seems to have that effect on players, as in changing their perspective on how to go about their team mentality approach. Cam is just the latest example, but look at Randy Moss before/after his time in New England and tell me BB doesn’t have a positive effect on players. Aaron Hernandez is probably the only outlier in the whole equation.

  24. IMHO, Cam is just saying what he thinks he needs to say to stay in NE. It’s sad in a way. He’s playing for peanuts.

    The difference between QB1s & everyone else is that the fire in their belly that makes them winners would keep them from making all these lovey-dovey comments about your #1 competitor.

    MVP Cam would never have been this nice.

  25. Maybe I watched the wrong game, but didn’t he end up with like 87 yards on 40 attempts? Or was that 487 yards?

  26. rfkimball says:
    August 13, 2021 at 12:07 pm
    Belichick knows what he wants in a quarterback. Decision making. Accuracy, Poise in the Pocket. Slide to avoid rush. Ball security. Intelligence. Film watcher. Team first. Hard worker. quick learner.

    Remember Belichcik picked Brady. Belichick picked Garrapolo. Belichick picked Mac Jones. Belichcik did not trade up for Lance Fields or Wilson.

    Mac Jones in time will win more games than any other QB in 2021 draft.

    5 5 Rate This

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    He also picked Testaverde who was awful in TB and made him a Pro Bowler in Baltimore.

    Some people just don’t get that the greatest defensive mind ever has the answers to the test already.

    I am still laughing at the creepy child-like men who think Brady somehow made BB, the latter who already had 2 rings with the Giants, a gameplan on the wall in Canton, and the biggest reason the Giants D took off in 1985.

    Brady lucked out in 2000. No guarantee at all any other coach would have done as well grooming him.

    I still have no idea why the 9ers, Jets, Bears or Broncos passed on him Mac Jones. Absolutely bizarre. It’s like Joe Burrow part 2 and they passed.

    lol

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