“I hope there will be a lot of Sunday giveaways to look forward to in the coming season,” he said.
Newton had 103 yards and a touchdown, Mac Jones threw for 146 yards and the New England Patriots routed the Philadelphia Eagles 35-0 Thursday night.
Newton apparently has a grip on the starting point and should have plenty of chances to throw a memory into the stands. He took most of the first-team shots at training camp and started in the second preseason game. Newton, the 2015 NFL MVP, was 8 of 9 and his only failure was an abandoned pass.
Newton was signed last season to replace Tom Brady. He does not intend to be replaced after one season by Jones.
Trying to leave no doubt that he is worthy of the No.1 position, Newton rebounded from a slow preseason opener and finished 23 and 18 yards and hit Jakobi Meyers on a 28-yard touchdown pass for a 13-0 lead – against the second team defense.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick drafted Jones of Alabama with the 15th overall pick in the April Draft, making him the first quarterback selected in the first round during Belichick’s 21-year tenure in the April Draft. New England. Jones has been keen in his extended game and he’s trying to push Newton for the starting point – or at least show he’ll be a capable substitute. He completed 13 of 19 assists and showed pocket balance and had good offensive control.
At least the Patriots (2-0) watched their quarterbacks.
The Eagles (0-2) played without a starter Jalen hurts, a late scratch due to an unspecified illness (the Eagles said it was unrelated to COVID-19). The injuries seemed to be going well as he danced on the field during the warm-ups.
The injured went to hospital because of abdominal pain. He was fired.
“For a guy like that to tell us he’s a tough guy, that must have hurt him a lot,” said Eagles coach Nick Sirianni.
He lost his chance to play with first-round pick DeVonta Smith. Smith did not play in Game 1 of the preseason due to a knee injury, but returned to limited action this week in drills. The Eagles moved up two places in the first round to select the reigning Heisman Trophy winner with the No.10 pick overall.
He caught two passes for 19 yards against the Patriots and looked healthy in his limited action.
“It felt good to come back there, to get into a groove. I feel great, ”Smith said.
With Hurts, the Eagles turned to Joe Flacco and he did little in his first preseason start. Flacco was 10 of 17 for 83 yards and an interception.
The Eagles and Patriots hosted two-day joint practices this week in Philadelphia.
“Cam has had a good week,” Belichick said.
The Eagles have left most of their starters to rest and New England have selected the substitutes.
“It’s no excuse because we don’t play our starters or show our looks. You want to compete, ”Sirianni said.
Rhamondre Stevenson ran for a pair of 1 yard touchdowns and JJ Taylor also had a score of 1 yard. Damien Harris added a 5-yard TD run and the Patriots got away with this one early. The Eagles were booed off the field at halftime.
Quinn Nordin kicked a field goal from 24 yards to make it 35-0.
Eagles K Jake Elliott sitting with an injured ankle. That left the Eagles without a kicker – and they failed to convert on a third and three from the 9-yard line in the first half.
Eagles offensive lineman Landon Dickerson, a second-round pick, turned heads when he showed up shirtless in overalls, wearing a cowboy hat and cowboy boots.
Eagles TE Jason Croom was hauled off the field with a knee injury… Eagles S K’Von Wallace left with a groin injury. … Patriots WR N’Keal Harry walked away with an apparent shoulder injury sustained when he dropped an open deep pass and crashed to the ground.
The Patriots end the preseason on August 29 against the New York Giants.
The Eagles end the preseason on August 27 against the New York Jets.
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