Capping off what coach Invoice Belichick described as a “good week,” Cam Newton appeared to strengthen his grip on the New England Patriots‘ beginning quarterback spot in a 35-0 win over the host Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday evening at Lincoln Monetary Subject.
Newton began and completed 8-of-9 for 103 yards, with one landing and no interceptions, enjoying three sequence earlier than rookie Mac Jones took over.
Jones, the first-round decide from the College of Alabama, was additionally productive in going 13-of-19 for 146 yards over 4 sequence, with no touchdowns and no interceptions.
“Cam, Mac, all of us, I feel we’re all getting higher daily,” mentioned receiver Jakobi Meyers, who caught a 28-yard scoring cross from Newton within the first quarter. “Final 12 months [Cam] obtained the quick finish of the stick, simply having to be thrown into the state of affairs with no preseason and the whole lot. Not making an attempt to make excuses for him or something however, I feel this 12 months is certainly a leap ahead, and I feel we’re all rising as an offense.”
Belichick has mentioned a number of instances that Newton is the starter, however added that no matter time Jones is perhaps able to problem and compete, he would consider that when it occurs.
Jones is difficult and competing, as his preliminary drive early within the second quarter Thursday evening coated 17 performs, 91 yards and chewed up 9:04 on the clock earlier than culminating in a 1-yard landing run by rookie operating again Rhamondre Stevenson. It was a troublesome spot for him to enter the sport early within the second quarter, pinned deep in his territory, and a 19-yard connection to receiver N’Keal Harry on third-and-13 obtained the march began.
“I have been round Mac lengthy sufficient know to know that is not likely a shock,” mentioned Meyers, who totaled three catches for 56 yards. “That was the expectation after they drafted him.”
The Eagles did not play most of their defensive starters, whereas the Patriots had most of their first-stringers enjoying by means of the primary quarter — and had a stage of familiarity with the opponent from working towards in opposition to them for 2 days earlier within the week.
Requested about Newton’s second 12 months with the Patriots, and if he is nonetheless studying about him, Belichick cautioned from making any declarative statements as a result of “the season’s fairly early right here.” However he did acknowledge, “I feel we’re making progress.”
Newton, who handed two footballs to followers within the stands after touchdowns and relayed that he hopes there’s many extra deliveries over the course of the season, mentioned outdoors of a late fumble by Stevenson “it was just about a flawless evening offensively.”
The Patriots will follow with the New York Giants on Wednesday and Thursday of subsequent week in Foxborough, Massachusetts, earlier than touring to East Rutherford, New Jersey, to play them of their preseason finale Aug. 29.