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Mac Jones, Patriots defense dominate first joint practice with Giants

If Cam Newton isn’t familiar with the stories of Wally Pipp or Drew Bledsoe, he might want to read up before he returns to Patriots practice Thursday.

Because after what Mac Jones did to the New York Giants during Wednesday’s joint practice, Newton might be about to get the same treatment.

The first-round rookie seized his golden opportunity to assert himself in the Patriots’ quarterback competition with both hands as Newton sat out a third-straight practice due to the NFL’s COVID-19 protocol.

Jones took nearly every rep of competitive drills in practice — including every rep with the starting offensive line and receivers — and played lights out, showing everyone a glimpse of what the offense could look like with him driving the car full-time.