Josh McDaniels: Mac Jones stood out in certain obvious ways in the pre-draft process

Patriots Draft Pick Mac Jones
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Cam Newton is slated to be the Patriots’ starting quarterback until someone beats him out. But after the club drafted Mac Jones with the 15th overall pick, it’s appropriate to assume Jones will be New England’s QB1 at some point in the foreseeable future.

Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels will presumably be the one to call plays for Jones when it’s time. McDaniels said Thursday that Jones’ experience in the SEC made him stand out in the pre-draft process.

“Look, Mac, he’s won a lot of games in the last year-plus at Alabama,” McDaniels said, via Doug Kyed of NESN. “He’s played in some big games, some pressure situations. He takes care of the football. He’s demonstrated an ability to function at a pretty high level in their system and their offense with their terminology. He competed in a league that is, I would say, is widely regarded as one of the top conferences, if not the top conference, in all of college football.

“To play the position of quarterback, there’s not just one thing you need to do well. He certainly stood out in certain obvious ways relative to throwing the football, and command, and protecting the ball, and not hurting his football team. A lot to look at and digest when you studied him.”

Jones is currently competing with Newton, Jarrett Stidham, and Brian Hoyer in the Patriots’ quarterbacks room. Time will tell if he’ll be able to overtake them before the start of the regular season in September.

9 responses to “Josh McDaniels: Mac Jones stood out in certain obvious ways in the pre-draft process

  1. McDaniels & Belichick praying that Mac Jones turns out to be Tom Brady 2.0.

  2. “Newton to be cut.”
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    Stidham is the guy who needs to be worried. He’s no longer the young guy being groomed, he’s never played well in a real game so they’re not likely to trust him as the primary backup, and given he has no real experience he’s not going to be an ideal teacher for Jones.

  3. touchback6 says:
    June 3, 2021 at 4:53 pm
    Newton to be cut.

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    If any QB will be cut it will be Stiffem

  4. Jones landed in the perfect spot. He’ll do really well in the Patriots’ system. The AFC East is going to be loaded with good QBs.

  5. Newton is the guy for now. He’s looked much better than last year so far. He has a much better grasp of what to do in this offense after a year of being in it. However, I think it’s telling that they separated the four QB’s at practice this past week. Mac Jones was right there with Newton. I think the competition will be a good thing. Let’s just cool our Jets (See what I did there?) and let it all play out! Go Pats!

  6. nhpats2011 says:
    June 3, 2021 at 5:18 pm
    touchback6 says:
    June 3, 2021 at 4:53 pm
    Newton to be cut.

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    If any QB will be cut it will be Stiffem

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    Cam Newton is about as likely to be on this roster as the average person is to mention New Hampshire when describing New England. In other words, he’s irrelevant.

  7. When you got the guy who drafted Tim Tebow 25th overall singing your praises you must be the real deal and not at all a reach.

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