There’s a lot of hype around Mac Jones entering his second year, despite the departure of Josh McDaniels and other coaches on the offensive side.
For many players in this crucial developmental stage, there’s a need for consistency and familiarity within the organization. But, Jones has already admitted that he’s no stranger to change — McDaniels believes he can adjust to these changes also. It takes a certain level of dedication and an ability to learn from those around them, and Jones has both of those characteristics.
It also takes a connection with his team and Jones is already beloved by the group around him. He’s been building bonds with the Patriots skilled players during offseason workouts, and even showing up to the occasional Boston Celtics playoff game together.
For these reasons, The Athletic’s Jeff Howe wrote a column and discussed the Patriots’ excitement for Jones entering next season.
This shouldn’t be very surprising, but the Patriots sound ecstatic with quarterback Mac Jones’ offseason dedication. Jones has spent long hours at Gillette Stadium, often beating the coaching staff into the building to get a jump-start on film study for the day. He is also taking ownership of the offense, willing to vouch for plays and concepts that he likes and pump the brakes on the stuff that hasn?t worked.
Jones led the Patriots to a 10-7 record with a playoff berth as a rookie, while throwing for 3,801 yards, 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He has a healthy offensive line this year and a group of receivers that includes Jakobi Meyers, Kendrick Bourne, DeVante Parker, Nelson Agholor and Tyquan Thornton.
The Patriots have Damien Harris, Rhamondre Stevenson, James White and Pierre Strong Jr. at running back. Jones has the tools for the success and the team believes he has the work ethic to make a huge jump in his sophomore season.