The New England Patriots’ success might just come down to how well or how poorly Mac Jones plays, so let’s make some predictions for his 2022 season. I could see reasons to be both optimistic and pessimistic about Mac Jones for 2022.
His rookie season in 2021 was nearly excellent, winning double digit games, being efficient as a passer, and leading his team to the playoffs. It seemed like an easy bet that the Patriots could load up a bit more on offense and take that next step into 2022.
However, while they did make some additions on that side of the ball, the playcalling debacle still seems to be just that. Whether Matt Patricia, Joe Judge, Bill Belichick, or a mix of all three are calling plays, the Patriots seem to be putting a ton more pressure on Mac Jones than necessary.
Can Mac Jones rise to the occasion in the 2022 season, where some are already counting the Patriots out?
Three bold predictions for Patriots’ Mac Jones in 2022
Mac Jones finishes top 10 in passing touchdowns and completion percentage
In 2021, Mac Jones was 14th in passing touchdowns and 8th in completion percentage. He put up franchise-QB numbers in year one, and I think he takes it a step further in 2022. Naturally, Jones should have a much better feel of the game in year two.
He’s already been exposed to NFL defenses, and his insane work ethic and knowledge of the game should be able to overcome inconsistent playcalling at times. That’s why I think he can finish top 10 in a couple passing categories.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see Jones approach 30 touchdown passes on the season. His 67.6% completion percentage could also rise a bit too. It’ll be a year of growth for Mac Jones ideally, and I think he can make some noise in two very important passing categories.