As a rookie, Mac Jones began all 17 games and threw for 3,801 yards and 22 touchdowns while leading the Latest England Patriots to 10 wins and a playoff berth. So, he will need to have done something right.
But not enough – in accordance with a recent report by USA Today – to be ranked among the many NFL’s best quarterbacks making quite a lot of throws or faced with diverse scenarios. While Jones may impress teammates along with his leadership and be considered one of the Pat’s top three players heading into 2022, the report says that – in certain situations – Jones isn’t as effective because the Vikings’ Kirk Cousins and even the Giants’ Daniel Jones.
We’re not suggesting Jones has the athleticism of Lamar Jackson, the creativity of Patrick Mahomes, the pocket presence of Tom Brady or the accuracy of Aaron Rodgers, but surely he’s good at something?
But, no, Jones was not mentioned in any of the report’s 16 categories. As an alternative, the “winners” were …
1-Step Drop: Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs
3-Step Drop: Matthew Stafford, Rams
5-Step Drop: Kirk Cousins, Vikings
7-Step Drop: Daniel Jones, Giants
Designed Rollout: Dak Prescott, Cowboys
Run/Pass Option: Aaron Rodgers, Packers
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Pre-Snap Motion: Russell Wilson, Broncos
No Pre-Snap Motion: Joe Burrow, Bengals
No Play-Motion: Burrow
No Blitz: Rodgers
Under Pressure: Wilson
No Pressure: Rodgers
In Pocket: Rodgers
Outside Pocket: Josh Allen, Bills
Perhaps it’s just us, but is not a no brainer that Bill Belichick is glad to have Jones over the likes of Cousins and Jones?