3 stats that prove Mac Jones is unquestionably the best QB from 2021 draft

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Mac Jones #10 of the New England Patriots (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

In a hyped quarterback class that featured elite recruits like Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields going off the board early, the New England Patriots may have ended up with the best quarterback from the 2021 NFL Draft class in Mac Jones. After all, he’s the only one who has his team in prime playoff position.

While Lawrence and Fields have been saddled with some incompetent coaching staffs and surrounding offensive pieces, Trey Lance has spent most of this year on the bench. Zach Wilson has been so putrid that a career backup in Mike White and what’s left of Joe Flacco have looked much better.

Jones, meanwhile, has completed 70% of his passes and thrown for 16 touchdowns against just eight interceptions. After a 2-4 start, the Patriots have won their last six games. Jones’ quality quarterback play during his rookie season, in tandem with a terrific defense, helped New England bounce back after last season.

Jones is without question the best rookie quarterback in this class. The numbers he has put up simply defy belief, as they go far beyond what every other rookie in the 2021 class has been doing in their debut seasons.

3 stats that show how good New England Patriots QB Mac Jones has been.

3. Wins on Wins

The Patriots aren’t asking Jones to throw bombs down the field 45 times a game, but his ability to distribute the ball quickly has become a centerpiece of the New England offensive attack. Jones has been able to execute Josh McDaniels’ game plan, and it’s helped the Patriots dominate their opponents.

New England has won their last three games by 20 or more points, all with Jones under center. The only other time in NFL history this feat has been pulled off with a rookie quarterback was when Russell Wilson did it with the Seahawks in 2012. If Jones’ name is already in that tier, that’s pretty solid.

The Patriots have found a formula for success with Mac Jones.

Early in the season, the Patriots wanted to keep the passing game as simple as possible for Jones to get him comfortable. Now that he has proven he can lead an NFL offense to wins consistently, Belichick is gradually letting him use his arm more. The new array of pass-catchers have benefitted from Jones’ newfound confidence.

While the rook has a lot of work to do before his name can be mentioned in the same breath as Wilson, the fact that both of them managed to start their NFL careers in such dynamic fashion is certainly an encouraging sign for a fanbase looking to find their next great quarterback in the post-Tom Brady era.

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