Brian Hoyer: Mac Jones has earned respect of Patriots teammates

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The Patriots will open the regular season in less than two weeks against the Dolphins, but they have yet to name a starting quarterback.

It will either be Cam Newton, or rookie Mac Jones.

Veteran Brian Hoyer joined Lou Merloni and Christian Fauria Monday afternoon on Patriots Monday and was asked about Jones.

Hoyer explained how the rookie has the respect of his teammates, which is huge as a young quarterback.

“I definitely think that he has taken every opportunity and taken advantage of it," Hoyer said. "That’s the one thing I would say — not many rookie quarterbacks have ever gotten the reps and the opportunity that he has, and he has embraced it full-on, head-on. He goes out there every day and does the best that he can and has earned the respect of his teammates, which I think is huge, especially being a young guy with a team with a lot of veteran guys who have played here. He has earned that respect by his preparation and his play. That’s really the only way you can do it, is when you step into that huddle and those guys know you know what to do, how to do it, and go out and execute. He’s done a great job of that and will continue to do a great job.

“Look, as we all say, there’s always a long way to go. We’re just at the end of training camp. We aren’t into the regular season yet, so it is always a work in progress and you want to keep building, building and building. And I would say for him, he’s done a good job of that.”

Hoyer also noted his strong work ethic.

“He’s a great kid. He’s been a joy to be around," he said. "Always trying to learn. Always very into the meetings, asks the right questions. For me, I used to be there and I think he has done a great job through his work ethic of coming in and really challenging himself. There’s a lot of things in this offense as a quarterback that you’re responsible for and as a rookie sometimes you don’t always understand that and it’s easy to kind of take the easy way out so to speak. He goes in there and he challenges himself every day to do it at the highest level.”

Jones has seen extensive reps in all three preseason games, but Newton has been the starter.

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