Have the Patriots gotten to the point where they might regret drafting Mack Jones? One writer believes it may be.
To say Jones had a poor sophomore season in New England would be the understatement of the year. We know at least one of his teammates agrees (looking at you, Trent Brown). A devastating loss to the Las Vegas Raiders seemed to make that even more apparent, as it was arguably the worst game of the signal-caller’s career.
Looking back at the 2021 NFL Draft, where the Patriots selected Jones with the 15th overall pick, it’s hard to say if they would have gone anywhere other than the Alabama product, seeing as Cam Newton was their starting quarterback at the time. People are quick to forget what Jones accomplished in his rookie season, but with a clear step back this year, it’s hard to argue against those questioning the pick after one season.
ESPN’s Matt Miller and Jordan Reed did a re-draft of the 2021 NFL Draft and let’s say they thought New England should miss Jones to help the offensive line.
In exchange for Miller and Reed, the Patriots selected Kansas City Chiefs center Kereid Humphrey in the second round of the draft.
Here’s what Miller had to say about Jones’ omission.
In my opinion, the Patriots offense isn’t that different with Bailey Zapp under center than Jones. In his two seasons, Jones has been solid but unspectacular. His total QBR of 30.7 this season is 32nd among 33 qualified quarterbacks, and his career touchdown-to-interception ratio is 29-to-21. He’s a low-end NFL starter and won’t get this offense where it needs to be.