With New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones expected to miss some time, could a reunion with Cam Newton come together?
The rumor is starting to surface around Twitter, as Brenton Kelley reported on Sunday night that the Patriots are expected to “check in” on the former league MVP.
On Monday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reported that Jones suffered a serious high ankle sprain in the Patriots’ Week 3 home loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Pelissero added that Jones will get a second opinion, but it’s unlikely that he plays in Week 4 against the Green Bay Packers.
With Jones likely to miss some time, plenty of folks on social media suggested that the Patriots bring back Newton, who spent the 2020 season as their main starting quarterback.
The Patriots signed Newton in the 2020 offseason to take over for Tom Brady as the starting quarterback. Newton completed 65.8 percent of his pass attempts for 2,657 yards, eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He was more effective as a runner, racking up 592 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns.
New England re-signed Newton in the 2021 offseason, and he was widely expected to open the year as the starter. But rookie Mac Jones (New England’s 2021 first-round pick) won the quarterback competition, and Newton was cut before the start of the season.
Currently, veteran journeyman Brian Hoyer and rookie Bailey Zappe (the 137th overall pick) are the only other quarterbacks on New England’s roster. Hoyer’s lone start for the Patriots came in Week 4 of the 2020 season, in which he tossed 130 yards and zero touchdowns with one interception in a 26-10 loss.
The Carolina Panthers brought back Newton in the midst of the 2021 season amid a tough year from Sam Darnold. Newton completed 54.8 percent of pass attempts for 684 yards and four touchdowns against five interceptions.