This morning brought huge news out of Foxborough, Massachusetts. Cam Newton was cut from the Patriots' roster and Mac Jones, the 15th overall pick in the NFL draft, steps into the starting role of one of the NFL's most recognizable franchises.

Gary Harris originally brought Phil Perry to the Gary Harris Show to talk about how the starting role was being handled, and shortly before the interview, the news was released.

When asked about his initial reaction, Perry said the news shocked him.

"Not only was I surprised but talking to a few people with the Patriots this morning, I think this move caught some of them by surprise as well," he said. "It was pretty clear, and I would say it's been pretty clear over the last few weeks especially that if the Patriots want to run their offense and they feel as though this is a passing league in 2021, which it is, then Mac Jones is the best option for them."

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Perry said Jones' rise to the starting position was due in no small part to head coach Bill Belichick seeing how well other players in the organization took to Mac and his play style.

"No doubt. I think that was big for Mac Jones and for the coaching staff's ability to embrace Mac Jones as much as they have," he said. "For Mac Jones to get the kinds of comments that he's getting from people like Matthew Slater, Dont'a Hightower, Devin McCourty...if you've got the respect and the support from those're in. That's really what you need..."

One thing is for sure, we'll be keeping a close on the beginning of the Mac Jones era in New England. And for more interviews on The Gary Harris Show, check out the Tide 100.9 Soundcloud.

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