3 bold predictions for Patriots quarterback Mac Jones in 2023

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Mac Jones has the best statistical season of his young NFL career so far

Since the Patriots are facing the toughest strength of schedule in the NFL in 2023, there isn't a lot of hope behind Jones outperforming his rookie season's statistics.

Although the consensus believes he will perform better than he did last year, because of the onslaught of difficult opponents lined up over the next 18 weeks, it's difficult for some to believe the quarterback will have a resurgence while facing some of the most challenging opponents the league has to offer.

But the biggest difference maker this year is the addition of Bill O'Brien and the subtraction of Matt Patricia.

O'Brien is a prototypical Patriots' coach who very much resembles Bill Belichick in a lot of ways. He expects players to perform accordingly and has little tolerance for anything but. Considering the seemingly lackadaisical approach by Patricia last year, O'Brien's coaching will most significantly impact Jones' performance, potentially more so than that of Josh McDaniels.

The chemistry between Jones and O'Brien has been visible throughout the summer, and the quarterback has consistently praised his new offensive coordinator for the communication and understanding between them, which was evidently lacking last season.

On top of the much-needed coaching improvement that will benefit Jones, the additions of several offensive players will also work in his favor, most notably Ezekiel Elliott, Mike Gesicki, and JuJu Smith-Schuster.

The combination of Elliott and Rhamondre Stevenson in the backfield provides likely the best running back duo in the league, especially since both can also get involved in the passing game. Plus, Gesicki's presence opens the door for double tight end plays that have been lacking since Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith were signed, and another reliable red zone threat that boosts their success in scoring as well.

Smith-Schuster brings a veteran experience that no other receiver on the team currently has, playing in and winning a Super Bowl. With two rookie wideouts on the game-day roster, his mentorship will be critical to the overall success of the offense.

All of this will inevitably propel Jones forward in his quest for redemption. We will forget about his poor performance last season and see the quarterback who won a championship at the University of Alabama.

There's no reason to believe he won't have his best statistical season to date.