Rookie quarterback Mac Jones impressed a lot of people in the first few months in the NFL. He did an excellent job in the preseason and led the Patriots to a win in Week 2. Of course, the Patriots lost three games, but it wasn’t Jones’ fault. He did his best and everyone knows it. Here comes the shocker… Adam H. Beasley of the Pro Football Network believes that head coach Bill Belichick doesn’t trust his rookie. Is this true?
“Belichick’s decision backfired when Folk clanked his attempt off the left upright, handing the Patriots their third loss in four games. Final score Sunday: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 19, New England Patriots 17.
“When asked Sunday if he had given any consideration to going for it on fourth down instead of attempting the low-percentage kick, Belichick responded: ‘I mean, not really.’
“If that was indeed the case, it shows limits to the team’s confidence in Jones — the first-round pick had a solid bounce-back game after two poor outings. Jones completed 31 of 40 passes for 275 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. His arm accounted for all but 19 yards of the Patriots’ total offense Sunday. It’s a bit puzzling that, after all of that good work, his coach still would have rather had Folk try to win it from long distance.”
Bill Belichick should trust Mac Jones
Patriots players like Jones and really appreciate his effort. The rookie hasn’t even spent a season in the NFL and he has already gained the support of talented veterans. Nelson Agholor and Hunter Henry really like Jones’ style and respect his effort. According to them, the rookie has special skill set and that makes him an incredible fit for the Patriots.
NFL experts have nothing but words of praise for the first rounder. We have at least one reason to believe that Jones is the Patriots’ franchise quarterback. This season is quite challenging and Jones will have to make a name for himself. He has to make an impact. That’s the only thing that will keep him in New England for good.