DeVante Parker praises Mac Jones’ leadership

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The Dolphins used eight different starting quarterbacks during DeVante Parker‘s seven seasons there. He caught passes from Ryan Tannehill, Jay Cutler, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Josh Rosen and Tua Tagovailoa among others.

So, there isn’t much Parker hasn’t seen at quarterback, and the Patriots receiver likes what he has seen out of Mac Jones thus far.

He’s a leader. He’s a young guy, but he’s vocal as a leader. That’s what this team needs,” Parker said following Tuesday’s workout, via Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald. “I’ve been out here (only) a few weeks, but I see it.”

Jones led the sprint workout the Patriots went through early in Tuesday’s session, via Guregian, and he was among the last to leave the field.

Jones and Parker are spending a lot of time working on developing a rapport, especially on the long ball.

“If he likes what he sees,” said Parker, “it builds up confidence in him, to have confidence in me to throw the ball up.”

15 responses to “DeVante Parker praises Mac Jones’ leadership

  1. I’m very excited about DP’s attitude. I think he’ll finally have a healthy year and do really well with a competitor like Mac.

  2. Patriots off season conditioning will be key for DP as much as working with Mac &. Putting together some great on field chemistry…. BOTH aspects will be very much intertwined in the success they have together because if Parker is injured he’s pretty much useless no matter how good he is at his position…. I hope he takes full advantage of the strength & conditioning that the Patriots staff can provide him!!
    Like what I’m hearing so far though!!!

  3. Somebody needs to explain to me why Jones isn’t in The Match instead of Josh Allen.

  4. Releasing Cam Newton was another stroke of genius by Belichick. It allowed Mac Jones to grow as a leader and in year two the team is ready to follow him. I wouldn’t be surprised if Mac is voted a team captain this year.

  5. He will continue to sing praise from the tub all year long. Hopefully he doesn’t get a bad haircut again and has to miss half the year waiting for it to grow out

  6. Releasing Cam Newton was another stroke of genius by Belichick
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    I don’t know about that. Doesn’t take much genius to move on from a guy who completes passes to the turf.

  7. Jets your explainable. Allen is a superstar. Lumpy is not. Lumpy is a place holder. They drafted Zappe for a reason. Lumpy is not dynamic, and got destroyed in his only playoff game, a record setter. Allen played “at will” in that game. There. Now you can rest easy.

  8. Here’s your explainable. Allen is a superstar. Lumpy is not. Lumpy is a place holder. They drafted Zappe for a reason. Lumpy is not dynamic, and got destroyed in his only playoff game, a record setter. Allen played “at will” in that game. There. Now you can rest easy.

  9. touchback69 says:
    May 31, 2022 at 4:18 pm
    Well he certainly is not going to praise Jones’s arm strength!

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    Nothing wrong with his arm strength. He can throw it 60+ yards, he can throw short to medium passes with zip and his strength can improve still. He doesn’t have Allen, Mahomes, Rodgers arm, but you don’t need to win.

  10. Mac had a good rookie season – but once again, the hype train in New England is a bit off the rails. It’s been that way for years. Ryan Mallet was going to be amazing, Jimmy G. was Brady’s heir, even Jarrett Stidham got hyped through the roof.

    I saw a QB last year who was exactly what scouts had predicted: most pro-ready, lowest ceiling. The Pats are incredibly well-coached and set up the offense so that he couldn’t fail.

    I don’t think a QB can show much leadership in practices in the spring. I’m curious to see how he does when they take off the reigns a bit, and he has to go toe-to-toe with some of the best in the league, lead some comebacks and carry the team on his back for a game or 2.

  11. Do people actually think Zappe is going to challenge Jones for the starters role in camp? 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  12. I don’t think a QB can show much leadership in practices in the spring. I’m curious to see how he does when they take off the reigns a bit, and he has to go toe-to-toe with some of the best in the league, lead some comebacks and carry the team on his back for a game or 2.

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    This is spot on.

    The reins were on Mac “3 pass” Jones last year and that was obvious. He had a nice rookie season but clearly he was protected by the coaching. I am optimistic the Patriots have a good QB but before we give him the great label let’s see how he does when the running game is not working, in bad weather, when the defense is off and he has to outscore the Josh Allens and Rodgers of the league. He will get his chance this year and it will tell us a lot about him.

  13. There are plenty of “low ceiling” QBs in Canton and SB MVPs. So Mac’s low ceiling should not be an issue if he can learn to read and manipulate defenses. He has the best defensive mind in his ear everyday to help him. People forget Mac only played one year in college, same as Trey Lance.

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