The New England Patriots may not have made deep postseason run this year, but they did send a handful of standout players to the Pro Bowl as a result of the excellent individual campaigns in 2021. The result was Mac Jones putting together one of the best performances of any quarterback in Las Vegas.
With Lamar Jackson not able to suit up and Joe Burrow currently in the Super Bowl, Jones was selected to play alongside Patrick Mahomes and Justin Herbert. The AFC would take home a 41-35 victory, and Jones may have had the most captivating play of the afternoon thanks to his legs.
The low-energy style of the Pro Bowl allowed Jones to run for a 70-yard touchdown, punctuated by his version of the Griddy dance that players like Justin Jefferson and Ja’Marr Chase have helped bring into the league. While the score was nullified, Jones won himself a fan in Julian Edelman after the celebration.
Edelman was loving Jones’ scamper to the end zone and willingness to play until he hears the whistle, calling it a “different kind of New England Gritty (sic).” Patriots fans are hoping this won’t be the last time that Jones ends up making some noise in the Pro Bowl.
Patriots QB Mac Jones made a name for himself at the Pro Bowl.
Jones went 12-of-16 for 112 yards with one touchdown and one interception on the evening. While Herbert ended up winning the offensive MVP in this game, Jones did not look out of place on the same stage as the best players in the game. That’s impressive for a rookie quarterback.
While the Pro Bowl might not be the best gauge of talent thanks to the effort level that’s on display, it was still nice to see Jones making some confident throws and letting loose.
Former Patriots pass rusher Chandler Jones, currently a member of the Arizona Cardinals, was also won over by Jones during the weekend in Las Vegas, calling his dance the “cherry on top” that made this Pro Bowl unforgettable.
Any way you slice it, Jones making it to the Pro Bowl during his rookie season is a sign that Bill Belichick’s skills at developing players are still effective. Jones showing a bit more personality than we’ve seen from him in interviews was a nice touch, too.
And whenever you get approval from a Patriots legend in Edelman, it’s always a sign of good things to come.