2. Mac showed off his deep accuracy
No big deal here. Just casually dropping a pass right in the bucket from 30 yards out with perfect accuracy. And on 3rd and 11, no less. For whatever positives Cam Newton brought to the table, he wasn’t making those sorts of throws with the same regularity as Jones was against the Dolphins.
These are the type of throws that Jones made every game during his time with Alabama. While he might’ve been targeting a back instead of a wide receiver, he loves concepts that feature wheel routes down the sideline, and Josh McDaniels has implemented that into his playbook.
Mac Jones went deep down the field often for the Patriots.
The Newton-centric offense was more reliant on short crossing routes over the middle and Cam using his size to plow through defenders as a runner. Jones is nowhere near that type of athlete, but he does seem to be more willing to stretch the defense and use his arm to challenge the secondary downfield.
Jones has already proven that the drop-back passing game can be a bit more creative this season, and while a good deal of credit can be attached to the fact that the receivers around him are improved, Jones’ arm talent was on display against the Dolphins.