The New England Patriots lost the season opener to the Miami Dolphins, but beat the Pittsburgh Steelers. It was a close win, but Patriots players joined forces to defeat their opponents. The offense was more efficient this time but something else caught everyone’s attention. Mac Jones attracted the attention of the NFL world with his “trend” and some people aren’t happy at all.
Greg Bedard from the Boston Sports Journal was among the first to discuss Jones’ performance.
“Got fooled a lot by the Steelers at times, including one for an interception and his near-interception right to a Steeler was nearly a huge gut shot,” Bedard wrote. “Didn’t see the field clearly. Had a 79.7 rating, and his -5.8% Completion Percentage Above Expectation was third-worst after the 1 p.m. games.”
Mac Jones has to take care of this “trend”
Chad Finn from The Boston Globe advised the Patriots to clean up Jones’ reads. According to him, the Patriots have to take care of this part of their offense.
“Sure, there are still some things that need to be cleaned up, including penalties on the offensive line, some of Mac Jones’s reads, and the defense’s third-down efficiency,” Finn wrote.
Dan Shaughnessy from The Boston Globe shared his thoughts on Jones’ performance, addressing one particular area of his game. Jones is a skilled quarterback, but he has to polish his game and avoid making mistakes. The Patriots need him on the field now and we do hope he’s ready to earn his first ring as a NFL player.
“Accuracy was Jones’s trademark at Alabama and again in his NFL rookie season,” Shaughnessy wrote. “He’s thrown two picks in the first two games of ‘22 (both on balls forced to new toy DeVante Parker) and received a huge gift in the third quarter when a horrible pass bounced in and out of the arms of Pittsburgh cornerback Cameron Sutton.”
Jones and his teammates have entered a challenging season. The Alabama prospect has to prove doubters wrong and lead his team to a title. Let’s see what happens later in the regular season.