The quarterback battle in New England ended abruptly Tuesday when the Patriots released veteran Cam Newton, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, per a source.
The move means the starting job belongs to rookie first-round pick Mac Jones.
Both quarterbacks performed well in the preseason, although Jones got the lion’s share of action during games. Newton missed a week leading up to the club’s final preseason game after a misunderstanding of COVID-19 protocols forced him off the practice field and into the NFL’s five-day re-entry cadence. Coach Bill Belichick declined to say, at the time, whether Newton’s absence had damaged his chances of winning the job.
Jones was the No. 15 overall pick of the draft out of Alabama.
Interest in Newton around the league figures to be high. The 2015 NFL MVP started 15 games for the Patriots last year, his first in New England.
CHARLOTTE — The Panthers are going with two quarterbacks for the time being.
The team announced 13 of their cuts Tuesday morning, including Will Grier, the 2019 third-rounder who played well this preseason.
That leaves just Sam Darnold and P.J. Walker on the depth chart at the moment.
The Panthers released veteran linebacker Josh Bynes. They also waived wide receiver Omar Bayless, running back Spencer Brown, defensive lineman Frank Herron, offensive lineman Mike Horton, cornerback Jalen Julius, wide receiver Keith Kirkwood, outside linebacker Christian Miller, offensive lineman Aaron Monteiro, wide receiver C.J. Saunders, tight end Stephen Sullivan, and offensive lineman Sam Tecklenburg.
That leaves six moves to make ahead of Tuesday’s 4 p.m. deadline.
One of those will be to place cornerback ?A.J. Bouye? on the reserve/suspended list, as he finishes up two weeks from last year’s suspension. He doesn’t count toward the 53-man roster while on the list.