David Andrews: Mac Jones works his butt off every day, that’s what you want in a QB

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The Patriots have some time off before reporting to training camp later this month, but quarterback Mac Jones has not been spending his time on a beach.

Like many other quarterbacks, Jones has used the time to set up workouts with teammates. Wide receivers Nelson Agholor and Tre Nixon caught passes from Jones in California last week and center David Andrews said on 98.5 The Sports Hub that he wasn’t surprised to see Jones putting in that work because it’s the same approach he’s had throughout his time in New England.

“The kid’s a hard worker,” Andrews said, via Conor Roche of Boston.com. “He works his butt off, day in and day out. Sometimes I just try to get him to take a deep breath. But that’s what you want out of your quarterback. He works really hard. He’s a tough kid. It’s been fun for me the last year, year and a half, to get to know him. I’ve got a lot of respect for how he does things and how he carries himself.”

Andrews has had plenty of company singing Jones’ praises this offseason. If that continues into the season, the Patriots offense should be in good shape.

36 responses to “David Andrews: Mac Jones works his butt off every day, that’s what you want in a QB

  1. Get ready for — what will be known for generations hence as — The Mac Jones Tear Two Jump.

    Super Bowl? In reach.
    MVP? In reach.

    ’tis great to be Young & Mac.

  2. What starting QB doesn’t “work hard”?

    He does look like he’s in better shape at least so hopefully that means good results on the field when the games count.

  3. Jones is the epitome of average. His picture is next to the definition of average if you were to look up the definition. I need to see more from Jones n see him step his game up before I buy into him as being a legit starter who’s going to be around for the long term. Browns fans were convinced Baker was the 2nd coming after his rookie year and how’d that work out? And Mayfield showed a lot to more like about his game than Jones has this far.

  4. A 10-7 record and a 92.5 QB rating as a rookie is not “average.” It is exceptional. By comparison, Tom Brady — also known as THE GOAT — had an 88 QB rating through his first 4 seasons.

    Much like the aforementioned GOAT, Mac’s super power is his brain, added to his toughness and competitiveness.

    I look forward to another 20 years of “noodle arm” and “system QB” comments from bitter fans of chronically losing franchises and also another 20-year run of Championship Games & Super Bowls.

  5. yeahbut says:
    July 4, 2022 at 9:50 am
    A 10-7 record and a 92.5 QB rating as a rookie is not “average.” It is exceptional. By comparison, Tom Brady — also known as THE GOAT — had an 88 QB rating through his first 4 seasons.

    Much like the aforementioned GOAT, Mac’s super power is his brain, added to his toughness and competitiveness.

    I look forward to another 20 years of “noodle arm” and “system QB” comments from bitter fans of chronically losing franchises and also another 20-year run of Championship Games & Super Bowls.

    31Rate This

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    They are fearful. 5 teams passed on Mac Jones. It’s just insane to think Burrow went #1 one year and Mac #15 the next.

    Teams are so dumb.

  6. Good luck with that.

    The end of last season is a preview for 2022, especially with the rest of the division zooming last them.

    Mac Jones and Devante Parker vs. what Miami has? Lol.

    And JC Jackson isn’t even there too help.

    This is the beginning of the end for the Belichek era and he will retire having never beaten Tua Tagovailoa.

    Under 9.5 wins is a LOCK on NE.

    I’d much rather have the Jets roster than the Patriots…..MUCH.

    Thanks for gifting Miami the 65th pick for Devante Parker. As if we are going to have trouble stopping his two routes.

  7. I don’t know if anyone can work hard enough to offset Patricia replacing McDaniels.

  8. Tua will NEVER be a better QB than MJones.

    The Jets do have a decent roster. Too bad they lack the 3 most important things for winning. A QB, a HC and a 1rst class organization.

  9. This youngster looked a lot more polished than you normally get just coming out. If I was to bet, progress or regress, I would go positive on him all day. I think he has a solid future.

  10. The Boston Lobsters Football Team fans are are clawing at anything that generates positive buzz about their QB who just hit his ceiling last season.
    That was as good as it’s ever going to get. Can’t get any better because there’s no room for growth.

  11. The haters are shuttering at the thought of Mac Jones taking that next step, and Bill leading the Patriots to another Superbowl

  12. No amount of hard work is going overcome average talent.

    Delusional pats fans are putting Jones in the same category as Brady and burrow. Hahahaha.

  13. I don’t know if this guy is any good or not, but praising an NFL player for working hard is like saying a potential blind date has a good personality.

  14. Mac Jones showed who he is in the Bills playoff game. Captain check down. That was before there was a lot of tape on him. Now his O line is depleted and his O coordinator is…..umm….

  15. I’m not here to anoint him as the 2nd coming. He has potential, he showed some positives and some negatives last year but remember…it was his rookie year. Time will tell, speculate all you want but by this time next year we may have a much better sample to evaluate his talent.

  16. A failed special teams coach and failed D coordinator are in charge of Mac and the offense. BB’s arrogance will ruin Jones future. 6-11

  17. Teams are so dumb.

    Especially one that drafted NKeal Harry……that was too easy.

    Jones will be alright once the Bills defense collapses…I mean he stuck up the playoff game last year.

  18. I expect Mac Jones to take that next step this year. The division runs through Foxborough.

  19. lifetimefan says:
    July 4, 2022 at 1:49 pm
    I’m not here to anoint him as the 2nd coming. He has potential, he showed some positives and some negatives last year but remember…it was his rookie year. Time will tell, speculate all you want but by this time next year we may have a much better sample to evaluate his talent.

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    Yep. Spot on

  20. patsfan4lifedynasty says:
    July 4, 2022 at 3:20 pm
    I expect Mac Jones to take that next step this year. The division runs through Foxborough.
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    I guess the last 2 years there was a detour sign pointing towards Western NY.

  21. You also want a QB that doesn’t need to cheat to win. I’m glad the Patriots have one of those. It’s been a long time.

  22. At this point I’d like to once again remind everyone that the Vikings passed on him.

  23. As a manager I have had many people that worked hard but couldn’t get the job done. Effort does not equal success.

  24. Captain check down.

    ++++++++

    To throw deep, a QB needs WR who are great at getting behind defenders, which is NOT part of QB’s skills. (Whether or not a QB can make the throws is QB’s ability).

    But Belichick doesn’t give Mac Jones such WR, so you SHOULDN’T blame Mac Jones for checking down, ( every QB had to do it because Belichick was cheap on offense) and his career will be ruined by belichick if he is really good.

    The only QB in NFL history who could SCORE ENOUGH by checking down was Brady, other QB simply don’t have the skills to do it, like Mahomes in SB against Bucs.

  25. cletuspstillwaterjr says:
    July 4, 2022 at 7:45 pm
    As a manager I have had many people that worked hard but couldn’t get the job done. Effort does not equal success.
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    So hearing him get that praise is really annoying you huh?

  26. By the way, “Captain Check-down Mac Jones,” as a rookie had a higher aDOT than Patrick Mahomes. Look it up. Facts, baby, just the facts!

  27. aDOT = average distance of throw. It is the actual measure of every throw made by a QB.

    So if Mac is to be called “Captain Check-down,” I propose we call Patrick Mahomes “Major Check-down.”

  28. So if Mac is to be called “Captain Check-down,” I propose we call Patrick Mahomes “Major Check-down.”
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    To be fair Jones on tape was shown to go for the easy check down more often than not when a better option was available downfield. That doesn’t make him Captein Checkdown but rookies are gonna rookie a lot.

    This year I expect him to sling it a lot more. I also want to see better short to intermediate throws outside the numbers that’s where his weakness was and teams knew it.

  29. “By the way, “Captain Check-down Mac Jones,” as a rookie had a higher aDOT than Patrick Mahomes. Look it up. Facts, baby, just the facts!”
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    Mac was always supposed to be the most pro-ready, correct?

    Anyone who watched the Pats last year gets that they did create a “check down” type of offense to ease him into the league. His accuracy was earned mainly with quick outs, slants and dump offs.

    That’s why most are so interested to see what happens this year. It’s assumed that they’re going to open up the offense this year and let him sling it a lot more. If he maintains the accuracy and shows a degree of clutch play, the league will start to get nervous.

    Otherwise, the scouts were spot on about his ceiling.

  30. The narratives are fun. And funny. Because the data — ie, what actually happened — refute the narratives, as illustrated above. Mac, as a raw rookie, threw it down field more than one of the NFL’s supposed gunslingers.

    Unless the claim is the Chiefs also put together a check-down offense for Patrick Mahomes to ease him into his 4th year in the league?

  31. Patriots fans or Belichick fans are so so clueless.

    His 2021 QBR is 92.5, to improve (on QBR, meaning, close to 100), he needs great deep throat, like WR who great at getting behind defenders.

    Even Peyton and Rodgers need great WR to get QBR around 100, and you expect Mac Jones to do it with the squad by Belichick the CHEAP?

  32. Anyone who watched the Pats last year gets that they did create a “check down” type of offense to ease him into the league. His accuracy was earned mainly with quick outs, slants and dump offs.
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    Ehh… he lost the weapon (White) that would have benefited him the most in a check down type of offense if that was designed that way. I think the reins were on him for sure (3 passes? Come on). I think the running game was also supposed to protect him a bit. When that was stopped or they fell way behind they couldn’t use it like they wanted.

  33. patsfan4lifedynasty says:
    July 5, 2022 at 12:28 pm
    Rookie Mac Jones > Rookie Josh Allen

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    One step at a time. Let’s see Jones with the reins off this season and by February we’ll have a much better idea who he is and what he can or can’t do.

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