How about that? After the Cleveland Browns stuffed the ball down the New England Patriots‘ throats on the first drive of the game to go up 7-0, it’s been all Mac Jones.
Well, the rushing attack and defense have been impressive too, but the rookie has received most of the attention for his impressive efforts.
Touchdowns to Hunter Henry and Kendrick Bourne have Gillette Stadium roaring as the Pats hold a 24-7 lead at the half.
Jones, after two quarters, is 13-of-15 for 134 yards and two touchdowns after giving us his best Tom Brady impression when he sprinted down the field pregame and pumped up the crowd. Though Brady hasn’t had time to watch as he’s struggling against the Washington Football team, another Patriots legend has taken notice of Jones’ play.
That would be Julian Edelman, who has been an outspoken critic of his former team this offseason, especially earlier in the year when it appeared as if Bill Belichick’s side would be headed for another disappointing campaign.
It’s nice to see Edelman’s on board with the highs and lows of 2021.
Julian Edelman is loving what he’s seeing from Patriots QB Mac Jones.
He tagged the kid, too! Talk about a shoutout! You know it’s well-earned because the Browns have the third-best overall defense in the NFL. Jones couldn’t have picked a better time to hit on all cylinders with the defense, which has largely been responsible for the team’s success this year.
Maybe Edelman will have some nice things to say about Belichick and Co. on Inside the NFL this week, regardless of today’s outcome? The Patriots have been improving considerably with each passing week and were missing some key names in Damien Harris, Jamie Collins, Jonnu Smith and Gunner Olszewski vs Cleveland.
Josh McDaniels has been doing an admirable job of calling plays against a talented Browns defense, helping Jones capitalize while leaning on the rushing attack. But don’t take that out of context, because Jones has made his throws today, including that one to Bourne and a beautiful deep ball to Jakobi Meyers on third down on that scoring drive.
And meanwhile, in Washington, Brady is having trouble against one of the league’s worst defenses …
Hey Edelman, if the Bucs lose to the Football Team, you promise to put your old friend in the crosshairs and give the Pats a break?
Thanks in advance.