It has just been announced that Cam Newton has been cut from the Patriots start list, and rookie Mac Jones is set to step into the quarterback position. Fans are celebrating this news online by sharing an old photo of Mac Jones smoking a cigar from 2020. We take a closer look at this viral photo.
Mac Jones announced as Patriots quarterback
On Tuesday the New England Patriots dropped quarterback, and former NFL MVP, Cam Newton and offered the starting position to newcomer Mac Jones.
Newton and Jones had been competing for this spot during preseason training and matches, as the team looks for a replacement for NFL veteran Tom Brady.
Cam Newton started in every preseason game and he was 14-for-21 for 162 yards, managing one touchdown and one interception, while Jones was 36-of-52 for 389 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions.
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However, Coach Bill Belichick decided to go with 22 year old Mac Jones. He was selected by the Patriots in the first round of the NFL Draft this year.
Mac Jones’ cigar photo resurfaces
Earlier this year a photo went viral of Mac Jones smoking a cigar after Alabama’s victory against Tennessee back in 2020. There is a tradition every year that when Alabama beats Tennessee all the players smoke a cigar together in the locker room.
However, the photo of Mac Jones went viral after he was initially drafted by the Patriots. People were commenting on his physique, saying that he reminded them of a young Tom Brady.
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As the news broke that Mac Jones is now the starting quarterback for the Patriots, fans began to remember this old picture and share it online.
This tweet from April has aged like a fine wine.
We can’t wait to see what Mac Jones achieves with the Patriots!