A misunderstanding regarding COVID-19 testing away from NFL facilities led to Cam Newton getting sidelined for five days. Mac Jones is making the most of his snaps with the first team. The New England Patriots are probably closer to naming the Alabama product their starter than most fans realize.

The rookie didn’t waste any time showing off for the Patriots coaching staff as the first string quarterback. Per Jeff Howe of The Athletic, Jones demolished the starting New York Giants defense in a join practice. At one point, he completed 18 consecutive passes.

Andrew Callahan of the Boston Herald chimed in on Jones’ outstanding practice. The beat writer boldly proclaimed that the Patriots quarterback outplayed Daniel Jones through most of the practice.