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Patriot cut Cam Newton as Mac Jones wins starting quarterback battle

Mike Florio and Chris Simms debate who holds the edge between Cam Newton and Mac Jones as they fight to draw the Week 1 start for the New England Patriots.

The Patriots haven’t only given their starting quarterback job to Mac Jones. They’ve gotten rid of Cam Newton altogether.

Newton has been released, according to Jim McBride of the Boston Globe.

That’s the biggest shock of all of today’s 53-man roster cutdown transactions. Jones and Newton were viewed as in close competition for the starting quarterback job, but everyone was expecting that if Jones won the job, Newton would be his backup.

Instead, Newton will now hit free agency, and he’ll likely have offers from other teams looking for a veteran quarterback -- but he won’t have much time to learn a new offense as he heads to his third NFL team.