Cam Newton release ushers in new era for AFC East quarterbacks

With Week 1 getting started next week, each projected starting quarterback for the Patriots, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins and New York Jets is at most 25 years old and have no Super Bowl appearance. Newton was the old guy of the group at 32 years old before he was released on the NFL’s cut day.

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The Boston Globe first reported Newton’s release.

Mac Jones is expected to take over as the starting quarterback for the Patriots. New England selected him with the No. 15 pick of the 2021 draft in the spring. Jones, 22, led Alabama to a national championship in 2020. He had 4,500 passing yards and 41 touchdown passes for the Crimson Tide.

New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) drops back to pass during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the New York Giants Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021, in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) drops back to pass during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the New York Giants Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021, in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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