New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton recently returned to work while dealing with a bone bruise on his throwing hand caused by an accidental collision with a teammate's helmet and is set to open training camp sessions atop the depth chart.
The one-time NFL Most Valuable Player remained with the Patriots for a second season via a one-year contract in March, roughly six weeks before New England spent the No. 15 pick of this year's draft on Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Mac Jones.
According to Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk, Newton spoke with reporters on Tuesday and said he supported the decision to draft Jones "110%" He added that Jones was the "right pick" and "best player available." Newton also acknowledged he understands Jones is the heir apparent and will eventually receive an opportunity to start down the road.
Thus far, all involved are saying the right things as it pertains to New England's quarterback competition. Jones explained last week that all of the signal-callers are "in this together" and working "to get better together," and Jarrett Stidham recently added he wants to battle for the starting gig.
Newton can't lose his spot in mid-June, but plenty could go right or wrong for him and the club's other quarterbacks between the start of training camp and the final preseason snap in August.