Devin McCourty: Mac Jones is used to being a leader

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Patriots tackle Trent Brown said last week that he thinks rookie quarterback Mac Jones is “going to be special here in the future,” which is both a good review and a reference to a question that will continue to be a dominant storyline in New England this summer.

When will Jones go from being the quarterback of the future to being the quarterback of the present? Cam Newton‘s the no. 1 quarterback for the Patriots heading into camp, but no one’s ruling out a change in the way the depth chart is stacked up should Jones look like a better option this summer.

If he does, his experience at Alabama may play a big role. Veteran Patriots safety Devin McCourty said his young teammate “seemed poised” throughout the spring and that he doesn’t think leading a professional team as a rookie will be too much for the first-round pick.

“That’s a different position being a young guy, because you’re automatically in that leadership role,” McCourty said, via Mike Reiss of “But I think he’s used to that.”

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick stressed that the offseason program is a time for teaching and that camp and the preseason will be a time for evaluation. That will help answer the question of when Jones might get a chance to prove McCourty right about his ability to lead.

5 responses to “Devin McCourty: Mac Jones is used to being a leader

  1. Yes, it’s still EARLY in the Mac Jones evaluations but I believe many teams are going to regret passing him up on draft day…..sure he’s not a running QB, but personally I LOVE that… Mac seems to be more of a cerebral type player & THAT as well as being able to make every throw a QB needs to be able to make as well as quickly decipher opposing D’s & quickly hit the hot read player will contribute to his potential to be an extremely successful QB for years to come!!!
    Hopefully Stidham can develop & learn behind Mac which will be AWESOME for depth at the most critical position in football…
    Go Pats!!!

  2. It was only a little over a year ago that all the NE players were saying similar things about Stidham…

  3. Who are the Fins and Jets QBs again? Its shaking out like a Bills v Pats race in the AFC East. Pats may have an ever slightly “easier” schedule, but not by much.

  4. I think Mac Jones will be Eli Manning type of QB. I don’t see him putting up gawdy numbers or wow you with his physical skills but he will be competent enough to run the Patriots system. If the Giants could win 2 SBs with Eli, the Patriots can certainly win with Mac Jones.

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