Just a few hours prior to their opening preseason game of 2021, the Patriots have announced that their first-round pick, Alabama's Mac Jones, will continue to wear the No. 10 as he makes his first impression in New England.

As a tradition for their rookies, the New England Patriots assign the jersey numbers 50 through 59 to denote the first-year players in preseason camps and OTAs. Because this number generally follows draft order, QB Mac Jones has been seen wearing No. 50 in his early time at Foxboro.

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In his last game wearing the No. 10 jersey for Alabama, Jones threw for 464 yards, a career-high for "The Joker," and five touchdowns en route to the Crimson Tide's 18th national title over the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Bama fans can see Jones' early progress tonight as he's likely to take reps in New England's first preseason game of 2021 against the Washington Football Team at 6:30 p.m..

Check out the possible New England QB battle here: WATCH: Mac Jones Competes with Cam Newton in Patriots’ Practice.

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