David Andrews: I’ve heard a lot of great things about Mac Jones

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The Patriots were able to pick up Mac Jones with the 15th overall pick of the draft last week, setting him up to be the team’s quarterback of the future.

After signing a four-year deal in free agency to return to New England, center David Andrews will be snapping to Jones sooner than later. Andrews said Tuesday he’s looking forward to working with the young QB.

“I’ve heard a lot about him,” Andrews said, via Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald. “I’m not a quarterback scout, but I’m just excited to get to work with him, get to meet him and hang out with him. I’ve heard a lot of great things about him.”

Head coach Bill Belichick said after selecting Jones that Cam Newton is still the team’s starting quarterback, and “somebody will have to play better than him” in order to change that. Jones will start that process soon with rookie minicamp.

13 responses to “David Andrews: I’ve heard a lot of great things about Mac Jones

  1. I hope Stidham can beat out Cam & Jones can sit back for a bit & learn the system & playbook & Cam gets released…. his skill set is NOT geared to how the Patriots are trying to build their team… he may be a great locker room leader but that doesn’t help him on the field…..
    Maybe keep him as a back up if Stidham gets hurt?
    Nahhh, rather just roll with Stidham till Jones is ready
    Go Pats!!!

  2. Won’t be hard for Jones and Stidham to outperforrm Newton. Newton can’t throw properly without 7 seconds in a perfect pocket and a wide open guy, and even still it’s a problem.

  3. kissbillsrings says:
    May 5, 2021 at 8:52 am
    I hope Stidham can beat out Cam & Jones can sit back for a bit & learn the system & playbook & Cam gets released…. his skill set is NOT geared to how the Patriots are trying to build their team… he may be a great locker room leader but that doesn’t help him on the field…..
    Maybe keep him as a back up if Stidham gets hurt?
    Nahhh, rather just roll with Stidham till Jones is ready
    Go Pats!!!

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    Well, I just want a real competition and I think BB’s comments instill that kind of a thinking.

    BB is not an excuse maker and Newton didn’t have Covid aftereffects in December playing as poorly as he was to the point the offense just quit. And, we have no idea how Newton, of alll people living by himself in a hotel contracted Covid, but there is no way the team could have been
    happy with it. I mean, of all people. Newton had a chance and totally blew it.

    The fact is, the team is loaded on paper, the rebuild is complete, and now these newer guys need reps and that includes the qbs.

    Everyone will see during preseason games who looks the part at the position. Stidham knows the playbook, has better talent, can throw, the ball is accurate, on time for the most part. He and Jones need reps like any other young qb would.

    Jones and Stidham are too good of a passer to have bad mechanics Newton outperform them. Jones is very smart as well, so I expect fhe playbook to not be a big issue.

    In the end, it looks like a Jones/Stidham duo, and that would be great for the team’s future. You want a strong back up, as we know.

  4. I hope Jones wins the starting job in camp. It really would be different offenses with Cam and Mac Jones. I prefer the up tempo, play action, short precision passing game that would work better with Jones, and the tight ends. It will happen eventually, so why not from the start?

  5. I like Cam. Always did. He took a beating in Carolina. Last year? Maybe it was the covid as he was decent before he got covid. Afterwards, he had glaring issues – missing open receivers, forcing throws to receivers, ball protection, holding onto the ball too long and for as good a straight ahead runner he is is not elusive in the pocket.

    Brady was very elusive in the pocket – step up, step out, feeling the pass rush.

  6. Can’t wait until the inevitable day when Mac Jones is “playing better” than Cam Newton. The sooner his aptitude gets there, the better chance the Pats have to become winners again.

    Belichick seems to have this strange loyalty to Newton, or maybe it’s that he just has to for now.

  7. TD6,

    Read following, see how clueless Pats coaches were on what made those “easy” plays work.

    Remember why math test in high school was hard for most students? because the questions in exams always looked a little different from what teachers taught in class.

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    Pats QB coach opens up about Newton’s recent struggles

    “There’s clearly some times that WE HAVEN’T PULLED THE TRIGGER FAST ENOUGH enough and therefore we’re hitching a couple extra times or holding onto the ball a little bit longer than we would like to, and that kind of can cause many things,” Fisch said. “It can cause a negative play, a sack, an interception, an incompletion, a late throw.

    “He has to continue to do a better job reacting and understanding that THE LOOKS ARE ALWAYS GOING TO BE A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT,” said Fisch. “They are always going to be a little bit faster on Sundays and he is going to have to quickly translate the game from the practice field to the game field. We’re all going to have to do a better job helping him there.”

  8. “someone will have to play better than cam”…that is practically any QB in the league, starter or otherwise…

  9. Cam Newton had no problem throwing a 5 yards accurately, the problem was that he couldn’t throw accurately when under pressure. That is where pocket presence is used, that QB glides in pockets and stays focus on the progress on fields.

    Even if QB misses target by 1 or 2 yards, it may lead to interception. With the garbage Belichick put around Cam, Cam already had trouble scoring enough. One interception was enough to lose the game. That is what happened to Cam.

    The stupid coaches in Pats had no clue what was going on, and thought that as long as a QB could throw 5 yards, they would be able to implement those designs and schemes.

  10. Can’t wait.

    I was worried that they’d get Fields, who I think will be a much harder QB to defend. Jones has skills, but his lack of mobility will make him one-dimensional – and it will be interesting to see how he does when he doesn’t have the best WR’s in the league to throw to.

    Still, he’s likely an upgrade for the Pats, and with BB as his coach can be effective.

  11. turkeycreekjackjohnson says:
    May 5, 2021 at 10:13 am
    Can’t wait until the inevitable day when Mac Jones is “playing better” than Cam Newton. The sooner his aptitude gets there, the better chance the Pats have to become winners again.

    Belichick seems to have this strange loyalty to Newton, or maybe it’s that he just has to for now.

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    BB is always going to say things publicly for numerous reasons, whether it’s to protect a player, maybe inspire a player, reduce potential controversy, etc.

    What he is not going to do is hand a job over or watch a preseason where everyone sees it and just continue with Newton because some veterans like his personality. Right now, that’s all Newton has going for him.

    BB’s fixation is very likely tied to the pandemic and young qbs needing a veteran to show how you go about your business. It’s pretty clear NEs offense is as much about deception with how a qb runs the offense and Newton isn’t capable of that element.

    They moved up back of the playbook stuff for Newton last year, but even with better personnel, it’s not sustainable.

    Ask any team with a running QB who can’t throw well. Those teams aren’t winning jack squat. All of these teams that had any success, have a short shelf life.

    How Joe Burrow or Herbert can come in during a pandemic and Jones can’t, without what 2020 was, I am not buying.

    Stidham knows the book, Jones can learn it, and let the guys who can thrown it welll, prove it in camp/preseason. That’s why Stidham was Brady’s lone back up in 2019. He earned it.

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