Mac Jones: Starter label doesn’t mean much, I have to produce

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Mac Jones competed with Cam Newton for the Patriots’ starting quarterback job and came out on top when the Patriots released Newton last week.

Jones said on WEEI Tuesday that he “never felt like we were butting heads” during that competition and that he plans to stay in touch with a player he called a “good mentor” to him. After spending the offseason and summer hearing Patriots head coach Bill Belichick refer to Newton as the team’s starter, Jones already knows that the label can be a fleeting one when the production doesn’t back it up.

“Doesn’t mean much. The label is the label but you gotta go out there and produce. That’s what it comes down to,” Jones said, via Phil Perry of NBCSportsBoston.com.

As a first-round pick with Brian Hoyer and Garrett Gilbert behind him in New England, Jones would have to be a gargantuan flop in order to see that label change at any point in the near future. The Patriots don’t believe that will happen and Jones’ first chance to prove them right comes against the Dolphins on Sunday.

17 responses to “Mac Jones: Starter label doesn’t mean much, I have to produce

  1. the kid looks good…so does Zach, Trevor and Justin. And Trey is coming. This could be the best qb draft class in a long, long time

  2. He’s already at a disadvantage through no fault of his own. We have heard the Brady/Jones comparisons for the past week, 10 days.

    And the very last thing opposing coaches and opposing players want to hear right now is that BB and The Patriots have another Tom Brady.

  3. There may be a better answer to the question, but his answer is somewhere at the top of how I’d want him to be approaching the game from a mental standpoint.

  4. Brady used to feel the same way before turning into a diva demanding Jimmy G be shipped out of town.

  5. He will be fine.
    Belichick as the HC and McDaniels as the OC will put him in positions to succeed more often than not
    Remember Matt Cassell, anyone?

  6. And the very last thing opposing coaches and opposing players want to hear right now is that BB and The Patriots have another Tom Brady

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    They worry too much, there will not be another Tom Brady in our life time, you will not see another QB who plays “follow formation instead of receivers” offense. Once Brady retires, everything will be back to normal, like it was before 2001 season.

  7. This Sunday will tell about the Patriots and how the season will play out. We’ll certainly see if Mac sinks or swims

  8. This will be an interesting season.
    Lets see how Belichick develops a new QB.
    When Brady was out for a year Matt Cassell had an OK year.
    The Pats will be smart, an use plays that helps Jones, rather than forces him to do things before he’s ready.

    It will be interesting to see how he develops over his rookie deal.

  9. 4theWin says:
    September 7, 2021 at 3:42 pm
    He will be fine.
    Belichick as the HC and McDaniels as the OC will put him in positions to succeed more often than not
    Remember Matt Cassell, anyone?

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    Matt Cassel inherited a team that went undefeated, and the Pats missed the playoffs with him.

    I remember Cam Newton last year though—what happened there?

  10. Lets see how Belichick develops a new QB.
    When Brady was out for a year Matt Cassell had an OK year.

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    With Cam being let go, it is pretty clear that Matt Cassel and Jimmy Garoppolo were developed by Brady, not by Belichick and Pats coaches.

  11. The man has been a Patriot for less than 6 months and already has the drill down on what to say, that aside I expect him to be a more than suitable for that organization, great pick in IMO

  12. There’s only one thing that separates the greatest team in the history of the NFL from every other team….the New England border.

  13. With Cam being let go, it is pretty clear that Matt Cassel and Jimmy Garoppolo were developed by Brady, not by Belichick and Pats coaches.

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    Makes no sense whatsoever, just more nonsensical gibberish

  14. Makes no sense whatsoever, just more nonsensical gibberish

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    LOL, if Jordan Love learns from Rodgers, why couldn’t Matt Cassel and Jimmy Garoppolo?

    BTW, did you ever see Belichick talking to struggling Cam on sideline? NEVER. That is how a coach grooms a QB? Give me a break.

  15. Matt Cassel inherited a team that went undefeated, and the Pats missed the playoffs with him.

    I remember Cam Newton last year though—what happened there? Newton cant throw and you can only do so much with a running highschool offense that’s what happened. As far as Cassel he inherited a old team and won 11 games .

  16. sky72 says:
    September 7, 2021 at 3:27 pm
    He’s already at a disadvantage through no fault of his own. We have heard the Brady/Jones comparisons for the past week, 10 days.

    And the very last thing opposing coaches and opposing players want to hear right now is that BB and The Patriots have another Tom Brady.

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    Its kind of unfair to the kid too having to live with that shadow. Just let him play and what happens happens.

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