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Heart of Dixie to King of Beantown: Will Mac Jones Succeed in New England?

Michael Reaves

Last night the New England Patriots selected Alabama Quarterback Mac Jones. With the Bears sneaking up on everyone and trading for the eleventh pick in the draft the best choice for the Patriots dire need at QB was targeted by picking Mac Jones. With quarterback’s on the roster such as Cam Newton and Jarrett Stidham, this team needed a boost at the QB position, hopefully finding it with Jones. This is the first time since 1993 the Patriots have had to go for a quarterback as main priority, last having to pick Drew Bledsoe in the NFL draft and then years later luckily getting Tom Brady. At Alabama, the 6’3″ 214 pound QB threw for 6,126 yards, 56 touchdown’s, and only seven interceptions in three seasons including thirty games played. Quite impressive for an Alabama QB. While there he also threw to DeVonta Smith, who was selected with the 10th overall pick by the Philadelphia Eagles, and won the Heisman trophy. The narrative of Alabama QBs stinking it up in the NFL may be a thing of the past, none producing quite like Mac Jones did. The only issue is, New England right now isn’t Alabama. So, can Mac Jones translate into the NFL?

AP Photo/Tony Dejak

Mac Jones reminds me a lot of Tom Brady in his playing style. Pocket passer, not known for running and only having 42 rushing yard on 56 attempts not including sacks. So you have a kid who can whip the ball accurately and effectively, but who will he be throwing to? Their are new addition veterans who will for sure help with Jones’ development, being Kendrick Bourne and Nelson Agholor. Besides the veterans we brought in in free agency, the players consists of N’Keal Harry, Gunner Olszewski, Jakobi Meyers, Matthew Slater, and no one else of note. Not the most potent receiving core by any means, but with months before the kickoff to the season, Billy B always pulls off a magic trick and this team will be better on both sides of the ball before the first week of the season. With the current group, I can see Jones having a 2000+ yard season with anywhere from 11-20 touchdown’s thrown, while also keeping the streak of under ten interceptions alive. Nothing insane, but you don’t expect insanity from a fifteenth pick. Depending on how Bill rebuilds this offense, it can go up or down. The most realistic comparison I can give Mac Jones is Nick Foles. Nick Foles was nothing special, always did his job, performed when most needed. To say Mac Jones can’t fit the literal “do your job,” mantra of New England is insane, and I see Mac Jones as the future of this team. King of Beantown resides in Gillette this year, hope you enjoyed reading, Shaney out.

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