“There’s already been chatter that Mac Jones could be running out of time, as [head coach] Bill Belichick might be running out of patience,” Gagnon wrote.
The New England Patriots have some roster issues to address this offseason. Head coach Bill Belichick has to pick the right quarterback and it seems like Mac Jones won’t get the starting job without a fight. The Patriots will probably throw another quarterback competition this summer. Jones and Bailey Zappe will try their chances and Belichick will make a decision at the end of training camp. That’s the ideal scenario. What about next season? A handful of experts believe that the Patriots will get another quarterback in 2024.
Brad Gagnon from Bleacher Report says that the Patriots will be one of the “prime candidates” to select a franchise quarterback in 2024. Wonder why? Jones struggled in his second year with the Patriots and Zappe did a decent job as his replacement. Belichick even tried to shop the Alabama quarterback early this season.
Patriots may change their quarterback unit in 2024
Recent 2024 mock drafts didn’t put Belichick among coaches predicted to select a quarterback. The Patriots will probably go after receivers, tight ends, and even offensive linemen. Caleb Williams and Drake Maye are considered top QB prospects, but both players will find homes before Belichick has his picks. If these two are off the list, the Patriots could go after Washington’s Michael Penix Jr., Oregon’s Bo Nix, and Michigan’s J. J. McCarthy.
Belichick could also go after free agents, such as Kirk Cousins and Ryan Tannehill.
The Patriots will try their current quarterbacks and everyone has to try harder this season regardless of their status.
“Yeah, I mean, look, Mac’s been our quarterback for two years,” Belichick told reporters on April 28. “As I tell the team every year, each player, each coach, we all have to re-establish and prove ourselves every year. That’s what this league is. That’s for all of us — ’23 is ’23. We’ll see how ’23 goes.”