The New England Patriots surprised a lot of people when they held their ground in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft to select Mac Jones at No. 15 overall.
After all, there was widespread buzz leading up to draft night indicating that the Patriots could trade into the top 10 for one of the higher-rated prospects.
Luckily for the Pats, the early returns on the Jones pick suggest it was the correct one.
Not only was the 22-year-old rookie the first player on the team to show up for practices during minicamp, but he’s been receiving rave reviews for his ability to pick up the playbook.
To put it simply, Jones is making a seamless transition to life in New England, and nothing proves that more than how he’s spending his summer break.
On Sunday, Jones and girlfriend Sophie Scott were in attendance at Fenway park to watch the Red Sox complete a weekend sweep of the rival Yankees.
Mac Jones is already making the right moves by attending Red Sox-Yankees.
That’s what we like to see, rook!
We just have one question: how did the Patriots’ supposed QB of the future not get seats behind home plate? Perhaps Jones wanted to keep a low profile during the game and didn’t inform anyone of significance that he’d be in attendance, but come on.
The city of Boston should be marketing its new quarterback. Instead, it didn’t even look like surrounding fans even recognized him. Nevertheless, at least Jones was decked out in Red Sox gear. Better to go unrecognized than relentlessly boo’d by your new fans, right?
In all seriousness, Jones seemingly hasn’t put a wrong foot forward since his name was called on draft night. From already answering questions from the media like a seasoned Patriot, to being fast-tracked during OTAs and minicamp, Jones looks the part of a franchise QB.
The latest buzz suggests Jones and Cam Newton are set for a true competition once training camp gets underway in a few weeks. The Patriots certainly wouldn’t let that be made public if they didn’t think Jones was ready to start as a rookie.
It’s highly unlikely (was Newton really re-signed to be a backup?), but if Jones wins the battle, we feel confident in saying he won’t be able to attend a Red Sox-Yankees game, or any Boston sporting event, for that matter, without being swarmed by fans.