2. The quarterback is ready
That’s right, folks. Mac Jones is ready.
What more do you need to see? Despite working with a very average receiving corps, Jones has looked like the best quarterback from the 2021 class, and frankly, it’s not even close. Sure, he’s benefitted from joining the most successful franchise in NFL history, but it’s tough to deny that the Pats got a gem at No. 15 overall.
Despite already filling his big hit quota for the season, nothing seems to faze Jones. It’s a little alarming the rookie enjoys getting hit, but that’s part of his allure. He’s a competitor of the highest regard, but only does what’s asked of him, which is why he takes such good care of the football.
Through eight games, Jones has just six interceptions (three of which came vs the Saints back in Week 3), which is one fewer than Tom Brady and by far the fewest of any rookie QB that’s made at least eight starts.
We’d still like to see Jones throw the ball beyond the numbers more than he has — his 7.1 YPA ranks 17th in the league — but the Patriots’ low-risk offensive approach is working, so why fix what isn’t broken?
New England will go as far as Jones takes them … and with an ever-improving defense and robust rushing attack at his disposal, that could be pretty far.