Cam Newton adopted Mac Jones alongside the sideline, holding his proper hand up, ready for the rookie quarterback to slap it after the No. 15 total decide threw a landing in a preseason sport Sunday night time.
Newton might as nicely have been congratulating Jones for taking his job.
The New England Patriots launched Newton on Tuesday hours earlier than NFL groups decreased rosters to 53 gamers. Jones, the primary QB chosen within the first spherical throughout Invoice Belichick’s 22 seasons in New England, takes over after Newton was a one-year stopgap following Tom Brady’s departure.
Newton, the 2015 NFL MVP, headlines the record of gamers now looking for a brand new crew. He was 7-8 as a starter final season.
“He began at a a lot increased level than what he did final yr, so undoubtedly shifting in the precise route,” Belichick mentioned of Newton on Monday.
A day later, he was shifting out of Patriot Method.
Newton is just not vaccinated and lately missed apply time due to COVID-19 protocols. It’s unknown whether or not that factored into New England’s choice to let him go.
Jacksonville Jaguars coach City Meyer mentioned vaccination standing was a consideration of their roster choices.
“Everybody was thought-about. That was a part of the manufacturing, let’s begin speaking about this and likewise, ‘Is he vaccinated or not?’ Can I say that that was a decision-maker? It was definitely in consideration,” Meyer mentioned.
Meyer pointed to defensive finish Josh Allen lacking one week due to protocols. Allen, who is just not vaccinated, was activated from the COVID-19 record Monday.
“Nicely, Josh Allen’s by no means had (COVID),” Meyer mentioned. “He’s not performed in two weeks. So he’s by no means had COVID. I don’t know if I’m allowed to say that, however he’s by no means had COVID. In order that’s fairly punitive.”
The Eagles launched large receiver Travis Fulgham, who had a wonderful five-game stretch final season earlier than disappearing from the offense. Veteran working again Jordan Howard additionally was reduce by Philadelphia.
Baltimore launched quarterback Hint McSorley, leaving Tyler Huntley because the backup to Lamar Jackson. Carolina reduce quarterback Will Grier, a third-round decide in 2019. The Panthers are going with Sam Darnold and P.J. Walker as their quarterbacks, for now.
The Falcons saved backup quarterbacks Josh Rosen and Feleipe Franks. Rosen, a former first-round decide by Arizona, survived the cuts one week after signing with Atlanta and enjoying in just one preseason sport.
The Browns, a official title contender after so many depressing seasons, surprisingly launched large receiver KhaDarel Hodge, had a strong preseason, catching two landing passes up to now two video games. He’s additionally been a worthwhile particular teamer. Nevertheless, he fell behind Donovan Peoples-Jones, Rashard Higgins and rookie Anthony Schwartz on the depth chart because the No. 3 behind Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr.
Cleveland additionally saved defensive deal with Malik McDowell, a former second-round decide by Seattle whose profession as soon as appeared over following an ATV accident and two arrests in 2017.
The Chiefs positioned offensive lineman Kyle Lengthy, who got here out of retirement solely to interrupt his tibia at first of camp, on the physically-unable-to-perform record.
The Detroit Lions left themselves with no kicker, releasing Randy Bullock and Zane Gonzalez.
Tennessee reduce large receiver Dez Fitzpatrick, a fourth-round decide. The Titans traded up 15 spots to No. 109, swapping their fifth-round decide and seventh-rounder for the receiver, who struggled with dropped passes.
The 49ers reduce a number of veterans, together with working again Wayne Gallman, receiver Travis Benjamin, security Ha Ha Clinton Dix, cornerback Dontae Johnson and tight ends Jordan Matthews and MyCole Pruitt.
The Raiders reduce speedy receiver John Brown after signing him earlier this offseason to interchange the departed Nelson Agholor. Brown had $3.24 million assured on the one-year deal however fell behind Henry Ruggs III, Bryan Edwards and Zay Jones on the depth chart at exterior receiver and was reduce.
The Bengals launched a pair of 2020 Week 1 starters: guard Michael Jordan and defensive deal with Mike Daniels.
A number of groups made trades to succeed in the roster restrict.
The Chiefs traded offensive lineman Yasir Durant to the Patriots for a seventh-round decide within the 2022.
The Eagles dealt offensive lineman Matt Pryor and a seventh-round decide in 2022 to the Colts for a sixth-rounder.
The Lions acquired large receiver Trinity Benson and a 2023 sixth-round decide from Denver for fifth- and seventh-round draft picks in 2022.
The Niners traded linebacker Jonas Griffith to Denver for a sixth-round decide. The deal additionally features a swap of seventh-rounders.
Some groups nonetheless hadn’t introduced their roster strikes a pair hours after the deadline.