Rookie QB Jones' poise draws attention
It took only a year and a failed Cam Newton experiment for the New England Patriots to find their franchise quarterback in the post-Brady era. Welcome to the NFL, Mac Jones.
Indeed, in its 2021 first round pick, the Pats get a rookie signal caller who so far in the early going has exhibited a poise and a maturity that seems to belie his 23 years and miniscule NFL experience while showing the rest of the AFC East that neither he nor New England are to be taken lightly.
That was evident in Week 2 against the New York Jets, when Jones completed 22 of 30 passes for 186 yards in the Pats’ 25-6 domination of their division rivals. The performance was marked by short passes but no mistakes and no interceptions — the type of football Jets head coach Robert Saleh called with a note of admiration “boring.” The type of football he wished his own rookie field general Zach Wilson had played that day.
And that’s been a hallmark of Belichick-era Patriots football of the past two decades — keep the mistakes to a minimum, force the opponent to make them and make them pay for it. Perhaps, the New England dynasty started with Tom Brady under center hasn’t run its course just yet.
Jones and the Patriots can be seen in action Sunday, Oct. 10, when they drop in on the Houston Texans in a regional game airing on CBS.
Full name: Michael McCorkle “Mac” Jones
Birth date: Sept. 5, 1998
Birth place: Jacksonville, Fla.
Height/weight: 6 feet 3 inches/214 pounds
College: Alabama (2017-present)
Draft: Selected in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft (15th overall) by the Patriots
Honors and achievements: College Football National Champion (2017, 2020); Heisman Trophy runner-up (2020); Consensus All-American (2020); First Team All-SEC (2020); Davey O’Brien Award (2020); Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award (2020); Manning Award (2020)