Jakobi Meyers: Mac Jones is the real deal

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Mac Jones had a solid rookie season as the Patriots’ quarterback, helping lead the team to a postseason appearance.

Like all players, Jones needs to take a significant step from Year One to Year Two. According to receiver Jakobi Meyers, Jones is taking the necessary steps to do so.

“You say, ‘Has he taken control of the offense?’ That’s just a capital Yes — exclamation mark, exclamation mark,” Meyers said Thursday via Dakota Randall of NESN. “He’s the real deal. Just kinda what he sees, we’re all just trying to catch up to his mind, his vision. I know him and the coaches have been doing a great job of relaying information to us, but ultimately when we’re out there, he tells us. And we ask him like, ‘How do you want it? Where do you want us to be? When do you want us to be there?’

“He’s been really adamant about what he says. He has a clear vision in his mind. It’s real easy to work with him because he puts us in the right direction and we’ve just gotta catch the balls he throws.”

Jones has reportedly been more vocal during the Patriots’ offseason program, asserting himself as the team’s clear leader. That’s going to be important in what should be a competitive AFC East in 2022.

In 2021, Jones finished the season with a 67.6 completion rate, passing for 3,801 yards, 22 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions.

39 responses to “Jakobi Meyers: Mac Jones is the real deal

  1. BB has done it again, admittedly with a little luck from the Jets, 49ers, Bears, Broncos, etc, by passing on Mac Jones. I just don’t understand how Burrow goes #1 one year and then Mac Jones isn’t seen as a similar prospect the next. Our entire society has gone daft with everything.

    Up is down, down is up, etc. Even with NFL QB prospects. Somehow Trey Lance and Zach Wilson playing Div 2 schedules with such obvious flaws are better than Mac Jones? How? Why?

    I don’t get it, but it’s exciting to see his rookie year, the poise, the skill set for a BB prototypical Pats system QB for what he wants and this kid’s passion, desire and attitude.

    The Pats offense is actually really well balanced, deep and will be a serious problem for defenses this year for those reasons. What was an obvious weakness in 2020, is now a strength.

    Thanks to BB for walking from Brady and turning the page for another decade+ of great football coming.

  2. Jakobi is the real deal, too!
    Everybody keep doubting, the Pats are taking back what is rightfully theirs!

  3. Thanks to BB for walking from Brady and turning the page for another decade+ of great football coming.
    __________________
    LOL!!!!

    Fantasies are fun, reality is a much, much different animal.

  4. iloveyouneighbor says:
    June 10, 2022 at 10:39 am
    Jakobi is the real deal, too!
    Everybody keep doubting, the Pats are taking back what is rightfully theirs!

    ———————

    Absolutely. Always open and a very crafty receiver. He’s a bit bigger of a Deion Branch style WR.

  5. Jakobi is the real deal, too!
    Everybody keep doubting, the Pats are taking back what is rightfully theirs!

    Not sure what is ‘rightfully theirs’.

    AFC East-have to beat Buffalo-not going to happen.

  6. Add Matt Jones’ preternatural ball placement ability and things bode really well for him climbing the quarterback ranks in season two.

  7. There will be plenty of negative comments here, even though Mac just had a terrific rookie year. The Patriots envy and hate just doesn’t go away after 20 years. These things take time.

  8. I can’t wait to see how Jones reacts to getting mauled and beat up this year.
    No one is afraid of the pats..not even Detroit..

  9. What makes Mac Jones look good is the rest of the rookie QBs were awful.

    It will be interesting to see how they are all producing by the end of their third year, when we pretty much will know what each one is.

  10. It’s a good sign to see Mac Jones take a leadership role on a team. I would not be surprised if he is voted team captain this season. Belichick is developing him very nicely.

  11. If I was a Pats fan, I’d be worried about this completely over-the-top hype train. “First at practice…last to leave! He’s a real leader! Best QB from that class!”

    Heard the same about whatever QB the Bills were trotting out there during the drought.

    Mac looked good last year, but he was asked to do little. Scouts seemed pretty accurate about him – most pro-ready. Can he take the next step?

    Maybe. I’d bet that a re-draft in a few years will have him around the same spot, though. Everyone is writing off Lawrence, Fields et al. way too quickly. QB classes are generally best assessed 3 years in.

  12. I never understand these bold predictions one way or another. I’m happy to hear all the good things that are apparently happening with Mac Jones on the field right now. I’m optimistic that he will take a step forward this season. Beyond that, any rational fan will just wait for the games to be played.

  13. Look at the Bills…wow!
    Look at the Dolphins…oh boy!
    Look at the Jets…well, ok.

    Don’t look at the Patriots. Shhhhh. Don’t spoil the surprise!

    The 2022 NFL season is will be here soon enough.

  14. billsrthefuture says:
    June 10, 2022 at 11:50 am
    If I was a Pats fan, I’d be worried about this completely over-the-top hype train. “First at practice…last to leave! He’s a real leader! Best QB from that class!”

    Heard the same about whatever QB the Bills were trotting out there during the drought.
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    There is a difference though. None of the Buffalo QBs you are referencing were any good. If you thought Losman was gonna be good just because he “put in the work”, thats a you problem. The rest of us knew he sucked from watching him on Sundays, Mac played fine.

  15. @billsrthefuture,

    Given Mac Jones had a better rookie year than Josh Allen, I doubt you can compare him with your previous QBs. He is already better than all of them. But I agree with you, let’s wait 3 years to rank 2021 draft class QBs.

  16. He lost 4 of his last 5 starts, tossing a bunch of picks while he was at it. The Ds may have figured him out and his smarts advantage giving him the edge early over the other rookie QBs could be over this coming year.

  17. Tampa Bay thanks BB for “walking away” (I think it was the other way around) from the most accomplished QB ever. If I’m not mistaken, didn’t TB12 lead the league in passing yards and touchdowns?

  18. “There is a difference though. None of the Buffalo QBs you are referencing were any good. If you thought Losman was gonna be good just because he “put in the work”, thats a you problem. The rest of us knew he sucked from watching him on Sundays, Mac played fine.”
    ____________________

    I’d actually argue that if Losman, Edwards or Taylor was on the Pats offense last year, they would have put up similar #’s. I’d also say the same about Lawrence or Wilson.

    That coaching staff is elite – and that passed the eye test watching the games. They know how to set QB’s up to succeed.

  19. But what about Mac’s ceiling? This is supposed to be the year that the 4 lesser QB’s that were drafted ahead of him will pass him. It seems like they will have a long way to go.

  20. mookieinhiding says:
    June 10, 2022 at 12:28 pm
    Look at the Bills…wow!
    Look at the Dolphins…oh boy!
    Look at the Jets…well, ok.

    Don’t look at the Patriots. Shhhhh. Don’t spoil the surprise!

    The 2022 NFL season is will be here soon enough

    ————

    Are they planning on giving up a TD to the opposing team on every possession for the entire season?

    That wouldn’t be such a huge surprise

  21. I think Mac Jones was asked to do very little last years, did ok but was poor in clutch situations and the red zone in particular, he’s being over hyped, by the pundits and a big, big improvement is needed in year two, for him to be considered a franchise QB….

  22. I think Mac Jones was asked to do very little last years, did ok but was poor in clutch situations and the red zone in particular, he’s being over hyped, by the pundits and a big, big improvement is needed in year two, for him to be considered a franchise QB.

  23. At this point, the Patriots fans are far more entertaining than the team could possibly hope to be.

  24. If you feel the need to proclaim a 2nd year player “the real deal”

    It means you are FAR from convinced they are the real deal.

  25. Jones is pretty impressive but his ceiling is evident with that lack of arm strength. Even the greatest coach in history can’t fix that issue.

  26. I think if Mac had Diggs, Davis, Knox, Beasley he would throw for 4500 yards and 37 TDs too. But his best receiver was Jakobi Meyers. He had better receivers at Alabama. Let’s see how he does this year with a healthy Davante Parker, Tre Nixon and the other receivers.

  27. I want to how Mac’s preseason stats compared to Stidham’s. Supposedly that is the eye test of eye tests. Right?

  28. patsfan4lifedynasty says:
    June 10, 2022 at 3:26 pm
    I think if Mac had Diggs, Davis, Knox, Beasley he would throw for 4500 yards and 37 TDs too. But his best receiver was Jakobi Meyers. He had better receivers at Alabama

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    That’s because he has a genius for a GM! Brady made do with scrub WR’s for years. It part of why he walked.

  29. Because I am lazy “67.6 completion rate” for a rookie is similar to who’s rookie season. Just asking.

  30. “Because I am lazy “67.6 completion rate” for a rookie is similar to who’s rookie season. Just asking.”
    ___________

    I’d have to look it up. Probably not many.

    But not many rookie QB’s have offenses designed where most of their throws are 5-yard outs. Just this past season, Lawrence & Wilson were asked to do MUCH more.

  31. 59.85% in last 4 regular season games, including 22-30 easy wins against Jaguars.

    That is when opponents figured him out.

  32. If Mac had Diggs, Davis,Knox, Beasley…

    +++++++++++

    Expect this from Belichick? A frog would laugh at such thought.

  33. Yeah, a lot of talk from a nobody. NE just can’t stop trying to cover up the fact that they know Jones peaked and they’re looking up from the cellar.

  34. george1859 says:
    June 10, 2022 at 11:24 am
    I can’t wait to see how Jones reacts to getting mauled and beat up this year.
    No one is afraid of the pats..not even Detroit..
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    I hope that you realize that until it actually happens it’s simply a fantasy in your head.

  35. iloveyouneighbor says:
    June 10, 2022 at 10:39 am
    Jakobi is the real deal, too!
    Everybody keep doubting, the Pats are taking back what is rightfully theirs!

    ————————-
    A championship is not rightfully anyones, each year someone has to earn it. Right now it’s still a stretch to say they are ‘taking back’ anything. But I do have a good feeling about how they are trending.

  36. Still plenty of questions about Mac Jones but at least he doesn’t need to cheat to be good. Been a very long time since the Pats had a QB like that.

  37. Jones is a worthy heir to Drew Bledsoe. He’s also more coachable than Drew and won’t freelance and isn’t the gunslinger Drew was. Gunslingers tend to make a lot of mistakes and that’s not what the BB Patriots are about. Obviously a much better passer than Cant Newton.

    And no I didn’t forget anyone I just don’t acknowledge cheaters and their “careers”. The fan club is wasting their time talking guys like that that up because nobody takes them seriously.

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