Admit it, you’ve been waiting for this. New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton has pretty much given everybody on the entire roster a nickname, but he’s got some newcomers to take care of.
However, none was more important than rookie Mac Jones, who was the Patriots’ first-round pick back in April and is Newton’s likely successor come 2022. He was finally anointed on Thursday.
Though it wasn’t the most creative of nicknames — “Mac” pretty much spells it out for you — Newton dropped the moniker and Jones confirmed it during a discussion with the media.
Yes, the rookie quarterback is now “Mac and Cheese.” Nailed it.
Patriots QB Cam Newton gave Mac Jones a nickname and it was predictable.
Maybe Newton would have been more creative if Jones didn’t actually look like his nickname since elementary school was “Mac and Cheese,” but this one was a layup. Even though the veteran’s had extra time to think about it while he’s been sidelined with a hand issue, it didn’t matter. Mac and Cheese it is!
Not Mac Truck. Not Mac-to-Mac. Not Tic-Mac-Toe. Not Big Mac. Not Frat Boy Mac. Did we miss any? Let’s just hope he doesn’t turn into “Cheeeeese!!” like Jeremy Piven’s character in Old School.
Newton’s nicknames have been hit-or-miss anyway. How about some real Patriots news, though? That’d be helpful.
As for Jones, he’s making strides with the playbook and continues to express he’s excited to learn. However, he’s still behind Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer given those guys’ experience with the offense. Stidham is entering his third offseason with the Patriots and Hoyer has been with the organization in different stops for now seven years.
The biggest difference, according to various Patriots reporters on the scene, is that Jones is playing it safe with quick and short throws while Stidham and Hoyer have been airing it out much more frequently.
Not to worry, though. This is Jones’ first official introduction to the team as well as his first taste of action with the complex playbook and his new teammates. It will take plenty of adjusting. Look at how last year went for Newton after his pause in the action due to a COVID-19 diagnosis.
The plan was always for the former Crimson Tide QB to take his time. It’s about as open as a secret as it gets. As long as the coaching staff and fans see improvements throughout the offseason, then there will surely be minimal concern about Mac and Cheese.