Patriots QB Cam Newton “is definitely the starter now,” says OC Josh McDaniels

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Although Mac Jones has been pushing him this summer, all signs point to Cam Newton starting Week 1 for the Patriots.

The veteran hosted all of the starter’s reps in the first two preseason games, led all the practice drills and performed extremely well in the 35-0 loss to Philadelphia on Thursday. On a conference call Sunday afternoon, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was asked if he had any idea who would start the opener against Miami.

“I know this is going to sound silly, but I didn’t really care,” McDaniels said. “I think Bill’s (Belichick) decision will be made when the time is right. Cam is definitely the starter now, and he’s done a good job. He went there, he played well the other night. He trained well. But I know these guys are really competitive and we give them the opportunity to compete and play a lot of football.

“This position is obviously extremely valuable for our team. We have to be able to play well regularly. We have to communicate well. We have to make good decisions. We have to throw the ball accurately. We must protect football and not give it away. For me, I look at these guys the same way in terms of what we’re trying to accomplish. At the end of the day, when a decision is made based on who is going to play more or less in our team, those decisions will be made at the appropriate time and we are going to go ahead and try to play the best we can.

“I’m very happy with the effort we’re putting into quarterback, the improvements we’re making and the way we’re trying to lead the attack. Everything is not perfect. We still have a long way to go and things we can work on and improve on and do better, but I think the desire to do it, the way we want to do it up to the standard that we are trying to uphold them, I think is exactly where we want it to be.

For the second time this summer, McDaniels also rejected the idea of ​​a New Orleans Saints tandem quarterback.

“I didn’t think about it at all,” McDaniels said. “Honestly our goal is to try to get them to do whatever they play or do in the games to the best of their ability, and see them improve and focus on the things where it might be. to be an area where we need to improve. to. I didn’t stop for a second to think about how to use multiple people in the same game.

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