Mac Jones Patriots Jerseys Sell Out at Pro Shop Hours After QB Is Named Starter

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVAugust 31, 2021

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - AUGUST 29: Mac Jones #10 of the New England Patriots looks to pass the ball against against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on August 29, 2021 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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New England Patriots fans are ready for the Mac Jones era. Very, very ready. 

After the Patriots released Cam Newton on Tuesday and promoted Jones into the starting lineup, the rookie's jersey has already sold out at the Patriots Pro Shop, per ESPN's Mike Reiss:

Mike Reiss @MikeReiss

Mac Jones’ jerseys at Patriots Pro Shop are sold out. Already.

While Newton's release may have come as a surprise, Jones winning the job wasn't. He emerged this summer as the better option both in the present and future:

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

From NFL Now: The <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Patriots?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Patriots</a> will start QB Mac Jones, in part because he was even better than they anticipated when they drafted him. <a href="https://t.co/Ma5BBCfyFW">pic.twitter.com/Ma5BBCfyFW</a>

The Athletic NFL @TheAthleticNFL

"He has all the respect in the world from (his teammates) and he’s earned it. And that’s partly why Belichick felt comfortable to go with Mac Jones in the No. 1 role.”<a href="https://twitter.com/robertmays?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@robertmays</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/jeffphowe?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@jeffphowe</a> react to Mac Jones being named QB1 in New England. <a href="https://t.co/OyGnxtbKfo">pic.twitter.com/OyGnxtbKfo</a>

Michael Giardi @MikeGiardi

From a <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Patriots?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Patriots</a> player just now via text: "Don't let it get twisted. Mac won the job." Reminded him I didn't twist it. "Now the real work begins."

Ben Volin @BenVolin

It's one thing for Mac Jones to look good in the preseason games. More notable was Bill Belichick raving about his work ethic and veteran leaders like Slater, Hightower and Hoyer talking about how impressed they have been with Mac

Being the starting quarterback of the Patriots comes with high expectations after Tom Brady's historic 20 years at the helm. It's folly to expecting Jones—or any quarterback not named Patrick Mahomes—to reach those levels.

But Pats fans are clearly excited about the new man under center.