Despite starting all three preseason games this summer, Newton was on the field for just 39 snaps as opposed to the 107 snaps for Jones.
Newton finished the preseason with a stat line of 14-of-21 for 162 yards, with one touchdown and one interception.
Jones meanwhile, completed 36-of-52 for 389 yards, with one touchdown and no interceptions.
In the hours following his release, Newton shared his reaction to the news with a message for fans and supporters.
— Cameron 1 Newton (@CameronNewton) August 31, 2021
So why did Bill Belichick elect to move on from the veteran quarterback and former MVP?
According to a report by Adam Beasley of the Athletic, there was a “combination of at least three” factors that played a role in the decision.
Those three factors are reportedly as followed; the “emergence” of Mac Jones, Newton’s “vaccination stance,” and his “uninspiring” performance this summer.
With Newton moving on, Mac Jones will become the third rookie quarterback to start a season opener for the Patriots, joining Drew Bledsoe in 1993 and Jim Plunkett in 1971.
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