Mac Jones was helping Cam Newton learn Patriots’ playbook, report says

The student became the master pretty quickly in New England.

QB1 on the Patriots’ depth chart firmly belongs to rookie quarterback Mac Jones after Cam Newton’s release earlier in September. While there were a few reported reasons why Newton was canned, according to former Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich, Newton’s inability to grasp the playbook was another reason to add to the list.

Hosting on the “Dan and Ninko” show, Ninkovich, citing sources within the Patriots’ facility, said Jones had a better grasp of the offense than Newton did through just one preseason with the team.

“From everything that I’ve learned … from everything I understand now, Mac was basically helping Cam learn the playbook. So imagine that,” Ninkovich said. “Mac was having less M.E.s — mental errors, that’s what M.E. is in football — in having a better understanding of the offense. We didn’t see Cam run any 2-minute (offense), we didn’t see him run any no huddle.”

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