The 4 most impressive Patriots through OTAs (so far)

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Mac Jones

Despite all of the controversy and speculation that dominated headlines this offseason about the Patriots' quarterback situation, Mac Jones rightfully appears as the clear QB1 for New England moving forward.

Through all the practices thus far, Jones has played with the first-team offense, while Bailey Zappe and Trace McSorley have worked with the second-stringers or reserves.

He's completed nearly every pass to this point, ending Tuesday's practice 7-for-8 during 11-on-11s and last week finished 16-of-16, and has noticeably carried himself differently compared to last season.

Considering the overall unenthusiastic mood from the quarterback and the entire offense last offseason working under Matt Patricia, a noticeable shift in attitude at this stage is significant. It proves how much of a positive impact Bill O'Brien has already had on the offense, particularly from working with Jones himself.

It appears his teammates have noticed a shift in Jones's attitude, as both newcomer Mike Gesicki and third-year running back, Rhamondre Stevenson were super complimentary when asked about the quarterback after Tuesday's practice.

"Mac’s awesome. That’s my guy. He’s been incredible as a leader. He’s been great out there physically throwing the ball, and timing, throwing a very catchable ball, and all that kind of stuff. And he likes to have fun. So it’s been a cool offseason for us trying to gel and be on the same page. And I think it’s been good."

Mike Gesicki after practice on Tuesday

"Mac’s always been a mature guy. He came into the league pretty mature. I see all the same things. He’s just on it this year."

Rhamondre Stevenson on Tuesday

It's obviously important to reiterate that it is early in the offseason, meaning things can change between now and September. However, the optimistic vibes from Jones and the offense are a far cry from the hopefulness of last year.

Many changes have occurred over the last two seasons, which can be challenging for a team to overcome, even if they are very much needed. And so far, it appears it's all working in the offense's favor, which can certainly translate to overall performance once they hit the field.

So even if it is only June and we've heard this song and dance about Jones in the past, consider the changes the offense has implemented this season compared to last and the dramatic difference in attitude before writing the offense and the quarterback off.