QB Jones shows Pats, AFC East he’s no green rookie


Rookie QB Jones' poise draws attention


Mac Jones

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.

Player Profile

Full name: Michael McCorkle “Mac” Jones

Birth date: Sept. 5, 1998

Birth place: Jacksonville, Fla.

Height/weight: 6 feet 3 inches/214 pounds

Position: Quarterback

No.: 10

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)

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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