The Patriots still have not named a starting quarterback for Week One, and there’s a possibility they won’t do it publicly at all.
Deciding a quarterback, however, isn’t necessarily a transaction that has to be announced.
But when asked about Newton’s training camp and preseason, Belichick gave a positive review.
“Last year was totally different, so I feel like everybody’s way ahead of where they were last year,” Belichick said in his press conference. “Certainly he started at a much higher point than what he did last year. So, definitely moving in the right direction.”
Newton started 15 games in 2020, missing one game after contracting COVID-19. He threw for 2,657 yards with eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions while also rushing for 592 yards and 12 TDs. But with Jones on the roster, it’s more a matter of when than if the rookie quarterback will assume the role of QB1.
It remains to be seen if that will happen to start the year.