• Cam Newton’s starting role may not last long if he struggles this NFL season
  • Mac Jones getting high grades, waiting for a chance to start for Patriots
  • Patriots continue their search for a successor to Tom Brady, Jones could be that guy

The New England Patriots continue to figure out if Cam Newton is a worthy replacement for Tom Brady,

The ex-NFL MVP showed glimpses of that last season, but the effort fell short.

The Pats took in a young quarterback in the person of Mac Jones, a young player who could be the team’s starter incoming NFL seasons.

A lot of that hinges on how he performs at training camp, preseason, and the start of the regular season.

If he shows promise, there is a big possibility he could take over from Newton according to Patriots insider Tom E. Curran.

Last season, the Pats had limited options with Newton being the only credible play-caller to hold up the fort for New England.

The story this coming NFL season is undoubtedly different. If the 32-year-old is not careful, he could find himself being eased out of the starting quarterback role.

This early, it appears Jones is doing well. No less than Newton himself lauded the 22-year-old last month.

There was also a comment from an unnamed teammate who said that Jones sees the game differently.

For Jones, that elevation to the starting quarterback role is something that may signal a passing of the torch.

Newton is a talented individual, but his history of injuries has hampered his performance in the past years.

San Francisco 49ers insider Matt Maiocco also gave his take on Newton during the Sports For All PH podcast.

While he does think highly of Newton, he feels that the 2015 NFL MVP may or may not be that quarterback the Pats need.

Mac Jones #10 of the Alabama Crimson Tide
Mac Jones #10 of the Alabama Crimson Tide Getty Images | Sam Greenwood

The discussion was part of another topic of seeing Jimmy Garoppolo possibly getting traded by the Niners to the Patriots.

“I don’t think they are going to pay money, they are not going to trade for him and pay that $25 million contract because they already have Cam Newton who may or may not be the guy who holds on to that job. They did select Mac Jones in the first round,” Maiocco stated.