BOSTON (CBS) — Hours after drafting Mac Jones in the first round of the draft, Bill Belichick confidently declared that Cam Newton remains the Patriots’ starting quarterback. He might mean it, too. READ MORE: Julius Randle -- Not Jayson Tatum -- Named Eastern Conference Player Of Month For April While a lot can happen between now and September, the reality is that Jones has a lot of learning to do. Because of that, Mike Lombardi — who worked on Bill Belichick’s staff from 2014-16 — believes that Jones will spend the 2021 season as a backup to Cam Newton. “I think it’s a year [until he becomes the starter],” Lombardi said on his podcast . “I think, look, they’re going to coach the [bleep] out of him. They’re going to get him in there, he’s gotta be smart as hell. Here’s what you have to do to play quarterback for the Patriots. You have to have great intelligence. Great intelligence. You have to have really great anticipation with the football. And you gotta be deadly … [Read more...] about Lombardi: Mac Jones Will Have ‘Redshirt Year’ As Rookie With Patriots
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By Michael Hurley , CBS Boston BOSTON (CBS) — These days, you can’t walk 5 feet in New England without hearing about Jimmy Garoppolo. The radios are pumping out his name at full volume, the TV shows are screaming about Jimmy G., and residents of the region are hollering out of their windows at passersby. Everyone’s got an angle on Garoppolo! READ MORE: Report: 'Disgruntled' Aaron Rodgers Doesn't Want To Return To Packers That is, of course, with good reason. The Patriots are clearly up to something at the quarterback position. They gave Cam Newton the equivalent of a backup’s contract. They’d probably be comfortable riding into 2021 with him (really, they would), but they’re also keeping their options open. Whether that means drafting a top prospect with the hopes that he becomes a starter in short order, or whether that means reuniting with old pal Jimmy G., well, that’s anyone’s guess. Bill Belichick has a history of keeping things close to the vest. But with the … [Read more...] about The Pros And Cons Of Patriots (Potentially) Getting Jimmy Garoppolo
Here’s five winners and five losers from the first round of the 2021 NFL draft in Cleveland. WINNERS Jaguars — Trevor Lawrence is as close to a sure thing as quarterback prospects go, and now new head coach Urban Meyer and Jacksonville have fresh momentum — and a franchise centerpiece to build around. Falcons — With a pick that indicates Matt Ryan’s tenure in Atlanta isn’t over yet, the Falcons got the best overall athlete on the board in tight end Kyle Pitts at No. 4. Versatile, strong and fast, Pitts could be the next Travis Kelce. Joe Burrow — The Cincinnati QB gets to re-connect with Ja’Marr Chase, who set SEC records in 2019 in TDs (20) and receiving yards (1,780) with Burrow throwing him the football. Chase will be a deep threat right away. Tua Tagovailoa — After a strong rookie season petered off at the finish, the Miami quarterback was all smiles after the Dolphins added another weapon to his arsenal in wideout Jaylen Waddle, Tagovailoa’s former Alabama … [Read more...] about Winners and losers from first round of 2021 NFL draft
BOSTON (CBS) — The New England Patriots had quite the offseason, signing a truckload of free agents while also drafting a quarterback of the future in Mac Jones. With tons of new faces added to the mix, there is a whole lot of intrigue and excitement surrounding the team that the Patriots will send out in 2021. Fans can’t wait to see the group in action after a 7-9 campaign last year, and the players are just as eager to get to work and see what they can do out on the football field. READ MORE: Jaylen Brown Injury Update: Out Wednesday, But Considered Day-To-Day With Sprained Ankle You can count center David Andrews in that camp. The longtime team captain re-signed with New England over the offseason, with Trent Brown and Ted Karras brought in to help solidify an already solid offensive line. There are more weapons for Cam Newton and/or Mac Jones thanks to the additions of tight ends Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry and receivers Kendrick Bourne and Nelson Agholor. On the defensive … [Read more...] about David Andrews Eager To Get To Work And See New-Look Patriots ‘Become A Football Team’
Denver Post Broncos writer Ryan O’Halloran posts his Broncos Mailbag periodically during the offseason. Submit questions to Ryan here . Why do fans always seem to believe that highly touted draft prospects are a better choice than proven veterans (especially at quarterback position)? Do they not learn from history? To remind everyone that Teddy Bridgewater is not such a bad deal, can you please type the names: Ryan Leaf, Jamarcus Russell, Tim Couch, Akili Smith, Josh Rosen, Johnny Manziel (feel free to add a few more)? — Alan, Belize I don’t care about past quarterback history. For every one of those busts, I mention Joe Burrow, Justin Herbert, Josh Allen, Patrick Mahomes, Andrew Luck and Cam Newton — solid top-10 picks. I have no problem with the Bridgewater trade and I would have really liked it if he would have served as a bridge to Justin Fields. Among the quarterbacks Alan mentioned, Leaf (Chargers), Russell (Raiders) and Smith (Bengals) joined dysfunctional … [Read more...] about Broncos Mailbag: If Aaron Rodgers is traded to Denver, would talent around him be Super Bowl-quality?