‘I feel there is doubt’ about Mac Jones around the NFL

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Mac Jones’ sophomore season has been disappointing, to say the least.

The New England Patriots quarterback couldn’t find his rhythm through the first nine games of the campaign. He looked like a different player than the most dominant QB of last year’s 2021 draft class.

There are several factors that did not work in Jones’ favor. In particular, he had to adjust to a Matt Patricia/Joe Judge-coached offense after spending the 2021 season with veteran offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. He also suffered a high ankle sprain that caused him to miss three weeks of the season, leading to a brief quarterback altercation with rookie backup Bailey Zappe.

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It’s fair to say the jury is still out on Jones in New England, but how do people around the league feel about the Alabama product? The MMQB’s Albert Breer shared insight into what he heard about Jones from NFL executives.

“I think there’s some doubt about the quarterback,” Breer said Thursday Early Edition. “Last night, I asked around. I texted half a dozen execs and said, ‘Who would be the second quarterback to go in the 2021 draft if you were to re-draft them now?’ Four of them said (Justin) Fields, one of them said he’ll stick to his guns on Trey Lance because he hasn’t seen enough, and another said (Zach) Wilson. None of them said Son.”

After an exciting rookie season, Fields has stepped up in 2022. The Chicago Bears QB threw 12 touchdowns and rushed for six more. He has gained 749 yards on the ground through 10 games.

Breer notes that Fields’ success and Jones’ struggles can be directly correlated to their environment.

“Justin Fields was in a really bad situation last year. All the talent that we’re seeing this year, that was there last year,” Breer said. “He was just in a volatile situation where the coach was about to lose, with people calling plays, all this chaos happening around him. And now, everything is calm for him. He knows who he’s the one calling it. playing to his strengths and we’re seeing his talent.

“I think Mac is the opposite of when he had a veteran offensive coordinator in the first year, they didn’t want him as much, and he played great. Now, everything has turned upside down for him and we’re seeing a lot of this because of the environment.”

So how can Jones overcome those obstacles and improve during the second half of the Patriots’ season? Take Breer’s department.

“One thing that some of these guys who have evaluated him have told me consistently throughout this year is that he doesn’t seem to trust the offense,” Breer said. “When he goes out there he’s hitting the ball. You see a lot of where he doesn’t seem to trust what he’s seeing, a different player than what we saw last year. So it’s I think the first thing is getting.Concepts that he has confidence in figuring out what he likes and focusing on that.

“The other thing I think can get him going, and I think we saw a little bit of it before the farewell, some of the things they were doing to Bailey Zappe. The easy-money endings where you can get yourself into second-and-4 and third-and-1 more consistently, or throwing early down when they don’t expect you to throw.

Heading into the bye week, Pats fans will be hoping that Jones and the offense will be revitalized when New England hosts the New York Jets on Sunday.

You can watch the full Early Edition segment with Breer below:

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