- Cam Newton is the ‘Sensai of Nicknames’
- His new nickname for Mac Jones is subpar, and it must drive him crazy
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Cam Newton has a storied history of dolling out ridiculous nicknames amongst his teammates. The former NFL MVP always comes up with creative, out-of-the-box ways of referring to his teammates. However, when it came to Mac Jones, it was pretty basic.
Jones, who was drafted by the Patriots with the No. 15 pick in the most recent NFL Draft, is expected to be the team’s future in waiting. He is set to back up Newton this spring, but could very easily play his way into the starting job with an impressive camp and a poor performance early season from his elder. As such, he can be considered Newton’s direct competition. There isn’t a quarterback battle, per say, but there is a case to be made for Jones.
Mac Jones hits JJ Taylor in the back corner of the end zone here. Overthrew Taylor on the exact same route just moments earlier.
Corrections made = happy coaches. pic.twitter.com/2QqzogzvML
— Phil Perry (@PhilAPerry) June 4, 2021
He spoke with the media on Thursday and said that Newton has “done an awesome job being being a good mentor.” While the hostility between the two appears to be at a minimum, there is an underlying storyline that may suggest Newton has slight animosity toward his first-year counterpart. Either that, or he’s lost his touch.
Newton’s newest nickname.
Jones revealed in the press conference that he has received his nickname from the 32-year-old. Newton is calling him “Mac ‘n Cheese.”
Cam Newton has a knack for giving nicknames to his teammates. Mac Jones says his is "Mac ‘n Cheese.” pic.twitter.com/G0f25LBgqs
— Ari Meirov (@AriMeirov) June 10, 2021
Don’t get me wrong. It isn’t a terrible nickname and Jones was able to laugh about it. It makes a lot of sense. With that being said, imagine being called “Mac ‘n Cheese” by your teammates. And imagine how many times that Jones has been called that name, or “Big Mac” or “Mac Daddy.” It can’t be a name that he absolutely LOVES, and it’s easy to think that Newton might have factored that into the equation.
Even “Mac Truck” or “Macintosh” would have been better.
Comparatively, it’s some of Newton’s worst work. Again, perhaps it was intentionally poor. If so, it’s just subtle enough of a jab to drive Jones crazy.
Here are Newton’s other nicknames for his current and former teammates and coaches in New England:
- David Andrews — Dirty Dave
- Isaiah Wynn — Winnie the Poof
- Shaq Mason — Shaq Diesel
- Deatrich Wise Jr. — Crazy Legs
- Ja’Whaun Bentley — Bent Dog
- Devin McCourty — Twin No. 1
- Jason McCourty — Twin No. 2
- N’Keal Harry — Doughboy
- Jakobi Meyers — MyGerms
- Josh McDaniels — Mickey Ds
- J.J. Taylor — Small Fry
- Sony Michel — Sone Sone
- Bill Belichick — Dolla Dolla Bill Y’all
- Justin Herron — Contacts
- Devin Asiasi — Acai Bowl
- Nick Folk — Kicker Guy
- Jake Bailey — Punter Guy
- Damien Harris — Dame
- James White — JWhite
- Gunner Olszewski — Gun Show
- Steve Belichick — Stevie B
- Matthew Slater — “The Honorable” Matthew Slater
- Mike Onwenu — Little Mike
- Myles Bryant — Nugget
- Isaiah Ford — 30 for 30
- Ryan Izzo — Buzzo
- Rex Burkhead — Burkie
- Jermaine Eluemunor — Uncle Phil
- Jake Dolegala — State Farm
- Donte Moncrief — ‘Crief
- Jedd Fisher — Jedi
- Beau Allen — Bo Diddley or Bo’Dilly
- Damiere Byrd — Little Bud
- Julian Edelman — Highway 11
- Joe Thuney — Smokin’ Joe