Mac Jones is entering a critical third year with the New England Patriots. After a poor second year, I think the slander with Jones has gone too far. Jones will be much better in 2023, and I think he will surprise people.
Here are three reasons why Jones will be successful in 2023.
Having a proven play-caller
What happened to Jones in 2022 with Matt Patricia and Joe Judge was a disgrace and embarrassing for Bill Belichick. The fact that he thought Jones would succeed with those two still has me puzzled to this day. Ultimately, Belichick learned from the mistake as he brought back Bill O’Brien.
O’Brien should unlock Jones’ talent and give him the stability that he needs. I don’t understand why people think that it's outrageous to say that Jones could have a great year when he did well under Josh McDaniels. Jones threw for 3801 yards and 22 touchdowns in his one year with McDaniels, and he got the Patriots to the playoffs.
I expect Jones to bounce back with a real offensive coordinator this season.
Motivation of contract year
I expect Jones to play with added fire and motivation this year because he is playing for an extension. In sports, players either have a really great season or a bad season when they are in a contract year, and there is no in-between. I expect Jones to thrive in this pressure because he’s done it before.
People forget that Jones battled through adversity at Alabama when he was third on the depth chart behind Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts. When Jones finally got his chance, he proved everyone wrong by winning the National Championship.
Patriots fans should be excited to see Jones playing with added motivation.
The Patriot's new additions of Juju Smith-Schuster and Mike Gesicki should elevate Jones this season. I expect Jones to set a new career-high in touchdown passes this season because he has new and improved targets.
Also, the potential signing of DeAndre Hopkins could change the way Jones plays. If the Patriots sign Hopkins, Jones could become a top-ten quarterback in the NFL.