By Paul Burton

FOXBORO (CBS) – The Mac Jones era in Foxboro has begun and New England Patriots fans are excited about it. It didn’t take long for Mac Jones jerseys to go flying off the shelves at the Patriots Pro Shop.

Jones is expected to be named the Patriots starting quarterback after Cam Newton was released in a stunning move Tuesday.

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“I knew he would go, but I didn’t think he’d go today,” Patriots fan Evelyn Mavilia told WBZ.

“I was surprised, just reading different reporters and writers I thought at least Cam would play the first few games and then maybe transition to Mac,” fan Kevin Fox said.

Fans hold up Mac Jones jerseys in Patriots Pro Shop (WBZ-TV)

“I loved him when he was at Alabama and I’m really excited,” said Patriots fan Marissa Curto. “Mac Jones was getting all the snaps. He was doing really good out there and when Cam Newton came back (from a COVID protocol violation) he was ok, but he wasn’t as good as Mac.”

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Fans like Taylor Weaver came to Gillette Stadium Tuesday morning trying to grab hold of Jones’ #10 jersey which right now are hard to find.

“They’re not even printing out the red ones right now. Nothing. They opened the box up and I was like can I grab a youth XL and I grabbed it,” Weaver said.

“I went to the Providence Mall, I went to Natick Mall, I went to Pro Bowl Experience and finally I was able to see it here,” said Patriots fan Vinjay Gingiupalli.

The fans also think the Patriots will be back in the playoffs soon as well, after missing them last season.

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“I think the future is with Mac Jones,” Fox said.

Paul Burton