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WATCH: Mac Jones gets loud ovation from Patriots fans in preseason debut

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New England Patriots fans were fired up to see rookie quarterback Mac Jones in action during Thursday night's preseason opener against the Washington Football Team.

The fans at Gillette Stadium gave the 2021 first-round draft pick a loud standing ovation as he walked onto the field for his first ever game action with the Patriots.

Check out the scene from the first quarter in the video below:

Jones acquitted himself nicely on his first drive. He completed two of his five pass attempts, although replays showed that one of the incompletions was actually a catch (the Patriots chose not to challenge), and another nearly went for a 34-yard touchdown

Here's his first completion:

The quarterback competition between Jones and veteran Cam Newton has been the focus of training camp so far, and it will continue to be the main storyline surrounding the team until head coach Bill Belichick names a starter for Week 1 of the regular season.