Patriots teammates praise Mac Jones’ control of the offense

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Cam Newton‘s absence from practice this week has been a great opportunity for Patriots rookie quarterback Mac Jones to prove he can run the offense, and Jones is making the most of that opportunity.

Multiple veteran teammates have expressed their confidence in Jones this week, and the 22-year-old appears to have already won over the locker room.

“He’s getting a lot of reps now. He’s taking control of the huddle and just trying to do the best he can,” veteran running back James White said, via the Boston Herald. “He’s just making sure everybody is on the same page, so we can go out there and execute not just for one period, but throughout the entire practice.”

Said wide receiver Kendrick Bourne, “I think Mac is doing a good job, taking leadership, controlling everybody, having everybody in the right place and stuff like that — making the team be a real team.”

Even the defense has been taking note of Jones’ solid work. Defensive lineman Deatrich Wise made a point of congratulating Jones on the practice field, then told reporters afterward that he loved what he saw from Jones.

“Did you see the period?” said Wise of Jones’ performance during 11-on-11 practice work. “I think he looks pretty good.”

Newton will be back at practice today after missing five days because he is unvaccinated and had a misunderstanding about the NFL’s COVID-19 testing requirements for unvaccinated players. It’s unclear who will lead the Patriots’ first-string offense today, but Jones made a good case that he deserves the job.

50 responses to “Patriots teammates praise Mac Jones’ control of the offense

  1. Stidham isn’t getting a fair shake here. BB knows best though.

    The connection with Jakobi Meyers is going to be unreal in the red zone. Several touchdowns.

    BB knows not to be seduced by quarterbacks with “tools”. I’ll take someone with a mastery of the offense any day over one of these overhyped scrambling quarterbacks who can throw the ball out of the stadium.

  2. Still no competition: Cam was a no-show, so Mac’s winning by default! Had Cam followed rules, job was his until faltering, injury, or 2022. Now? Cam’s given BB pause for thought.

  3. Love Mac Jones. He was a flat out steal for the Patriots. A smart QB that also has talent. I frankly, have no clue what some of these teams watch or scout in the NFL. Usually the biggest no brainers fall to the best teams, because they just draft football players, not who has the most upside, which is code for he is not very good now, but he possibly can be (nice draft strategy that rarely if ever works out), who bench presses 225 50x, etc.

  4. Bye Cam. You have no one to blame but yourself. The NFL Covid protocols are strict, but laid out in black and white. You were handed the starting job right out of the gate and it was yours if you didn’t screw up.

    YOU screwed up…

  5. If Cam comes back unvaccinated after this episode, I think it’s time for him to go. Hoyer too, if he is unvaccinated as reported yesterday.
    Kudos to Mac for taking advantage of the opportunity he was given.
    Any team that keeps an anti-vaxxer will be sorry during the year, no matter the player’s status.
    Vaccinations separate the intelligent from the stupid, team players from me-first players.
    I don’t imagine vaccinated players will take too well to a selfish player who forces the team to forfeit a game.
    Like Simms said, “Give me a couple shots in each arm, one in the butt. . . ” That’s the only attitude I’d accept as the GM of a team.
    We’ll see what happens, but Belichick’s history with hinderances to the team is pretty cut and dried.

  6. And that’s that for the Cam Newton nonsense. Pats nation breathes a sigh of relief. Go Mac!

  7. If Mac Jones is NOT the starter week one you seriously have to wonder where Belichick’s head is. I was a believer “in Bill we trust” but his allegiance and tolerance of Cam Newton’s performance and behavior make me wonder if Bill has lost his fastball. Was it all Brady? I didn’t think so, but how it will be judged will be written in this season and next. If I were Kraft I would step in and say “Start the rookie”. Jones starting and playing this season will mean more attendance and interest in the team from a monetary standpoint alone. Newton should be cut and another QB brought in as a back up. I would rather see Jones play the entire season then watch Cam throw balls into the dirt and not run the offense as it should be. Newton is a good guy but his career is done. If another player pulled what Newton pulled this past week the Belichick I thought I knew would have cut him.

  8. When we all look back on this years QB draft class years from now, it will be enjoyable as everyone notes how the Patriots were disciplined with their original pick and got the best one in the draft after 4 before him were taken.

  9. Can’t wait to see him taking over the offense and be their defacto starting quarterback.

  10. Cam should lead them, said NO TRUE PATRIOTS FAN !!!!
    I believe he’s already proven he’d better than Cam at this stage & he’s vaccinated too!!!! Really a no brained here….wait if it’s a no brained does that mean Cam should start…. LOL
    MAC ATTACK!!!
    Go Pats!!!

  11. The QB position in the NFL is 95% mental. Most of that has to do with trying to figure out what the defense is doing. Commanding the offense in practice is a start, but it’s not what separates winners from losers. I don’t think anyone ever questioned Jones’ ability to learn the offense. If that were all there was to it, there’d be a lot more Ivy League QBs in the game.

  12. Cam might just have misunderstood his way out of a starting job. The kid was ready to jump in when the opportunity presented itself and he is making impressions.

  13. Thats funny. In 17 days Xavien Howard, Byron Jones, Emmanuel Ogbah, Raekwon Davis, Jerome Baker, Andrew Van Ginkel, Eric Rowe, Jaelen Phillips and Jevon Holland will also have complete control of the New England offense.

    Don’t worry though Mac, you’ll get plenty of chances to touch the ball because of: Tua Tagovioloa, Jaylen Waddle, Devante Parker (Sorry Gilmore, he’s still a Dolphin), Will Fuller, Mike Gesicki and Albert Wilson are going to torch your defense.

  14. Cam made that one false move.. and it’s going to cost him. I’m amazed that after missing that important game against the Chiefs last year due to Covid, that he would not take every precaution possible so as to not miss time again.

  15. I love it! Mac Jones has some serious Blake Bortles vibes, so please – give him the “Stidham will be our savior” treatment from last year. How did that work out? Not too good.
    I’m sure the folks at WEEI are in love with Mac Jones though…you know, because of his play & for no other reason whatsoever. /s

  16. Mac is clearly looking NFL ready. To be fair though, what did you expect his teammates to say when asked about his performance? They’ve all been speaking about Jones glowingly throughout training camp and it’s not necessarily an indictment of Cam Newton– who they’ve also spoken highly of. Barring Cam throwing multiple picks in the joint practice or Sunday’s preseason finale, I still think Belichick’s going to start Cam week one… but the chants from the stands for Mac are going to be a lot louder as soon as Cam struggles.

  17. if the Patss are serious about winning then Cam will not be the starting QB. Maybe he can play fullback.

  18. One guy is already a professional-level thrower of the football with quick decision making ability, and the other guy isn’t, with the threat that he could be out 5 days at a clip all season.

    Seems like an easy choice to me.

  19. As a Pats fan it is great to see him playing and practicing well. But, I do not want him to be the week 1 starter. Mahomes sat for a season. Lamar Jackson sat for three quarters of a season. Brady sat for a season.

    Whether he comes in week 4 or 6 would be best. Rookie QB’s just seem to play better after they are able to sit and watch. There are the exceptions – Russell Wilson, Hebert for the Chargers.

  20. This is going to be an amazing season! Mac Jones leading the Patriots to a division title? Okay buddy! I’ll be here week 5 telling you I told you so when the cracks in the foundation start to come through! Mac Jones, LOL!

  21. The best QB in the greatest QB draft to date was chosen last of the QB’s. His name was Dan Marino.

    Ironic that he played for Shula and Jones plays for the guy chasing him.

    And most likely, Jones will be the QB when the record for most wins is broken by the GOAT.

  22. ikeclanton says:
    August 26, 2021 at 9:13 am
    One guy is already a professional-level thrower of the football with quick decision making ability, and the other guy isn’t

    ——-
    One guy has already taken a team to a SB and been elected league MVP…..one guy hasn’t even played a single game yet

    Mac shows promise, but let’s pump the breaks here

  23. This is all great. However it doesn’t mean that he has full control of the playbook. They can’t advance with a cut down playbook. Cam starts week one. #FACT

  24. The choice is clear.

    Enough catering to the entited Millennial, Newton. These kinds of people are a problem in everyone’s work environment.

  25. Having seen how he treats fumble recoveries, no one should be surprised when Cam avoids another opportunity to help his team.

  26. Two more decades of dominance and six more Superbowls later…

    The guy hasn’t even played a regular season game yet and you’re saying he’s another Brady? Patriots fans said the same thing about Stidham last year too. Delusional.

  27. Mac doesn’t have full command of the play book?

    There’s not much evidence that Cam does.

  28. letsgonow says:
    August 26, 2021 at 10:09 am
    This is all great. However it doesn’t mean that he has full control of the playbook. They can’t advance with a cut down playbook. Cam starts week one. #FACT
    —————————————————————-
    Even if Cam has a grasp of or full control of the playbook, he can, in reality, only perform roughly half of it (& that’s being generous), & Mac has not shown he needs a cutdown playbook to be out there thus far… beside, the Pats are a game specific team so I have ZERO DOUBT that Mac can look at & understand any playbook the Pats would introduce VS any given opponent…. NOT SO MUCH could be said for Cam!!!
    However, you may still be correct on who starts but not for why you believe so….

  29. touchback6 says:
    August 26, 2021 at 10:30 am
    The choice is clear.

    Enough catering to the entited Millennial, Newton. These kinds of people are a problem in everyone’s work environment.

    ——-

    Why did BB even draft Jones? You told us Stidham was the future.

  30. shartastic says:
    August 26, 2021 at 8:43 am
    I love it! Mac Jones has some serious Blake Bortles vibes

    ———————-

    Belichick could have won with Bortles like he did with Matt Cassel. Patriots system doesn’t require a QB to be physically gifted, it just requires a smart game manager. If Mac Jones can be a smart game manager he will have success with the Patriots. From all the reports he has good work ethic and is all football which is refreshing for young QBs these days.

  31. ” Patriots system doesn’t require a QB to be physically gifted, it just requires a SMART game manager.”

    ——————————

    “SMART”, that is what makes Brady’s system so hard that after 20 years, still no QB was able to command.

  32. Sorry, not sorry haters. The dynasty continues.

    Mac Jones will haunt the AFC East, and the 49ers, for the next decade.

  33. Brady’s system? What’s that? Last I heard, during Brady’s entire career the plays were designed and radioed into Brady’s helmet by the OCoordinator. There is no Brady system.

  34. Brady’s system? What’s that?

    ————–

    Follow formation instead of receivers, a skill that is meaningless against lousy defense, like the defenses in colleges. That is how Brady survived in college with poor athletic ability.

    With this skill, Brady knew where his intended receivers were without looking at them, it either allowed him to get rid of balls a little bit quicker, or froze defenders for a fraction of a second. That is why you often saw Pats receivers wide-open.

  35. It is so so so funny that so many Belichick’s believers think that schemes and designs are like a math formula, once Belichick and McDaniel show their QB the formula, the QB will be able to implement it in real games.

    Brady’s first ever throw in SB, from own 3 yard line: He saw the defender (#58?) dropping back a lot, then he didn’t look at Troy Brown on his left after snap, but looked to his right for a fraction of a second, and turned to left on the 3rd step of Troy Brown.

    How much later was the defender to tackle Troy Brown? 1 or 2 steps. The play was eerily similar to Titans last throw in SB against Rams, one yard too short. Design and scheme? were they the reason Rams defense missed tackle?

  36. patsfan4lifedynasty says:
    August 26, 2021 at 11:33 am
    shartastic says:
    August 26, 2021 at 8:43 am
    I love it! Mac Jones has some serious Blake Bortles vibes

    ———————-

    Belichick could have won with Bortles like he did with Matt Cassel. Patriots system doesn’t require a QB to be physically gifted, it just requires a smart game manager. If Mac Jones can be a smart game manager he will have success with the Patriots. From all the reports he has good work ethic and is all football which is refreshing for young QBs these days

    ———-
    Just like Tampa Bay’s suddenly awesome new “system”. It’s working well and it’s a secret because Arians is brilliant and he just came up with it last year. You could just stick Blaine Gabbert or Kyle Trask in there and the Super Bowls would still be rolling in on schedule.

    Don’t you understand—it’s the magic system that does it. Players are irrelevant.

  37. Before your next post wlee say to yourself:

    I don’t know what I’m talking about.
    I don’t know what I’m talking about.
    I don’t know what I’m talking about.

    It may help

  38. Here’s what happened on the play from the 3 yrd line at the beginning of the Rams Super Bowl. Educate yourself. It had nothing to do with Brady, except he managed to throw a 3 yrd slant. The Pats offense has always been based on mismatches. The Rams had a D that expected the Pats to run on 1rst down from their own 3. Instead, the Pats came out with 2 WRs left, and 2 TEs right. The RB motioned out so they had 5 wide and an empty backfield. Rams weren’t ready for it. Now a big slow LBer had to cover Troy Brown in the slot. NO CHANCE. He had to give ground. I don’t care if Brady was looking at pictures of Giselle. It was a well designed play that created a mismatch. It’s what the Pats do. Class dismissed.

  39. ted,

    Bill Belichick on Mac Jones: In general, we need to play faster and react faster.

    I guess Belichick knows more than you do about what make the offense work, except he has no clue how hard it is.

  40. Here’s what happened on the play from the 3 yrd line at the beginning of the Rams Super Bowl. Educate yourself.

    ————————

    Ya, Belichick knew before lining up that Rams defenders #58 would drop back. Is this what you mean?

  41. Yes, that’s what I mean. The Rams had their run D on the field against 5 wide. Had to be a mismatch somewhere. And yes, a LBer has to drop off against Brown. FB 101

  42. Had to be a mismatch somewhere.

    ————

    Pats QB coach opens up about Newton’s recent struggles
    “He has to continue to do a better job reacting and understanding that THE LOOKS ARE AWAYS GOING TO BE A LITTLE DIFFERENT,” said Fisch. “They are always going to be A LITTLE BIT FAST 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.”

    Educate yourself, OK?

  43. What does Newton have to do with this discussion? I guess when proven wrong, you change the subject. Pretty weak. I ain’t biting.

  44. Had to be a mismatch somewhere.

    —————————–

    That is exact where demands on QB’s intelligence : if he still remembers the formation and its variation, see the opportunities quickly and on time.

    You are just like Belichick, have no clue how hard it is, and (fill in a word here) claim something like that everyone can pass CPA and be a accountant if he has a CPA textbook; everyone can pass CFA and can be a financial analyst if he has a CFA textbook. I guess you think you will be able to read Chinese if you have a Chinese-English dictionary in front of you..

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