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Tale Of The Tape: New England Patriots QB Mac Jones NFL Preseason Debut

Stat Line: 13-19, 87 yards, 78.2 QBR

Debut Grade: B-

Football Scout 365 2021 NFL Draft Ranking: 15th overall, #4 overall QB

Quick and Decisive Debut

Mac Jones Patriots preseason debut vs. Washington Football Team began near the end of the first QTR. The starting offensive line remained on the field for the Patriots, which would allow the Patriots the best opportunity to evaluate their young signal-caller. Jones completed 13 of 19 attempts for 87 yards, 0 TD's, and 0 INT's. The plan was evident for Mac Jones, giving him quick, easy reads to get into a rhythm. Mac Jones was decisive and on target, providing NFL-level evidence of what we already knew about him coming out of Alabama.

Good Decisions, No Real Wow Moments

Jones didn't wow on the stat line, but he did take care of the football, and he did a great job of taking what the defense gave him, taking a check down when available. Jones did a great job navigating the pocket on a few of his longer-developing pass attempts stepping away from pressure and delivering on-target throws. His best throw, one of which could have been his first NFL TD, happened early in the 2nd QTR (13:20), where Jones throws a beauty down the sideline into the endzone to Kristian Wilkerson, who could not hold on to make the catch.

Mac Jones Did Enough To Be In Consideration To Start Week One

Jones played like a guy who wants to be the starter as a rookie. He already shows a good pocket presence; he proved he could take care of the football and not force throws. His quick release and decisive nature are tailor-made for this offense. Jones will get more opportunities in the next few weeks to show he does have what it takes to be the guy in New England.


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