Kendrick Bourne: Mac Jones “more ready than anybody really knows”

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The Patriots made their quarterback call this week when they released Cam Newton and put rookie Mac Jones on track to start against the Dolphins in Week One of the 2021 season.

While the team regularly referred to Newton as the starter this offseason, it wasn’t a totally unexpected outcome. Jones was drafted in the first round and his preseason work showed that he was adept at doing the kinds of things the Patriots want to do on offense. He’ll have to continue to do it in the regular season, but wide receiver Kendrick Bourne doesn’t think that will be a problem.

“Yeah, for anybody, you get named the starter, that’s a different kind of urgency,” Bourne said, via Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal. “You can’t mess up. The only way is down. For any starter, I think you feel that pressure, but he was built for it since [Alabama]. I think he’s more ready than anybody really knows.”

In a little more than a week, Jones will get to show just how ready he is for life as an NFL quarterback. If Bourne’s assessment proves correct, there’s a good chance we’ll see the Patriots back in the playoffs after last year’s hiatus.

21 responses to “Kendrick Bourne: Mac Jones “more ready than anybody really knows”

  1. N.E. Doing everything they can do to inspire confidence and to charge the fan base.
    LOL.. without a single NFL game with starting pass rushers, and a veteran secondary who confuses.
    Get ready for reality.

  2. Yeah, I mean there are almost 50 backup quarterback positions in the NFL and you only need to be somewhat solid to have a long and lucrative career.

  3. He came up under pro-style offense OCs at Bama so this really isn’t a surprise. “NFL ready” often turns out to be a curse but in Mac’s case, he really is and Belicheck knows it.

  4. I listened to some radio guys saying Mac was going to have a career like Eli or Flacco. Can we let the kid throw one pass before we start heaping that on him?

  5. Hey, I’m as excited as ANY Pats fan out there to see this kid take the reigns…. But I’m also mindful that he IS A ROOKIE & have tempered my expectations for him coming out of the gate….I just KNOW he can’t be worse for the team than Cam was & unfortunately that’s a very low bar to clear…. I really believe he is in the PERFECT system for him & his skill set as well as getting the best possible coaching that there is in the NFL…& going up against the Pats D’s #1’s is only going to expedite that growth…. Bill will throw everything & the kitchen sink at him in practice so he’ll be MOSTLY READY for whatever the opposing D’s throw at him….EXCITING TIMES!!!
    Go Pats!!!?

  6. The more I hear about Mac Jones, the more I look forward to the 2021 season. It has to be an improvement at the very least after the disaster of 2020.

  7. NO Rookie QB is NFL ready. NFL QBs have had their entire potential careers shattered in Game 1.

  8. I watched all the preseason games of the Pats and nothing Mac Jones did against the second and third-string teams was impressive. There will be no red jerseys, vanilla defenses, and second and third-string players once the live bullets start. When Jones goes up against the Dolphins or the Bills defenses it’s going to be ugly. The Pats will be lucky to be 7-9…

  9. I think one of the best things Mac has going for him is that he practices against the Pats’ defense. Brady credited practicing against Revis back in the SB winning season against Seattle. If Mac can overcome against this D, he will mature quickly and be ready for most of what other teams are going to bring against him.

    Not expecting a perfect season, but I am excited for what is ahead.

  10. Miami should feast simply because it’s his first start. Best secondary in the league going up against a rookie with a D line that can cause pocket pressure. I’m sure the second meeting won’t be as favorable for Miami lol.

  11. touchback6 says:
    September 3, 2021 at 10:10 am
    I wonder how the Dolphins feel about Tua? lol!

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    Probably the same way the Titans felt about Marcus Mariota

  12. worstpotusever says:
    September 3, 2021 at 11:23 am
    NO Rookie QB is NFL ready. NFL QBs have had their entire potential careers shattered in Game 1.

    Justin Herbert disagrees.. He had a great season just had a poor team around him

  13. Like most young guys– it will take time and plenty of it. Meanwhile, they are looking at a 5 win season, even with the Jets and Miami for four of their games.

  14. touchback6 says:

    September 3, 2021 at 10:10 am
    I wonder how the Dolphins feel about Tua? lol!

    We feel great. He is far more athletic and accurate than Mac Jones. Also, weren’t you and most of the Pats fans base the one who said “no Alabama QB can ever make it in the NFL”. Hmmm…

  15. When Jones goes up against the Dolphins or the Bills defenses it’s going to be ugly.

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    The Bills defense? You mean the D that gave up 24 points a game last year and ended up ranked 15th overall? Oh no, not that…….

  16. laxcoach37 says:
    September 3, 2021 at 1:03 pm

    (Tua) is far more athletic and accurate than Mac Jones.
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    Tua’s 40 time: 4.90
    Jones’ 40 time: 4.79

    Tua’s completion % at Alabama: 69.3%
    Jones’completion % at Alabama: 74.3%

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