Richard Sherman Feels Alabama’s Mac Jones Is Undervalued Due To ‘Recency Bias’

Published 03/08/2021, 10:45 AM EST
Jan 28, 2021; Mobile, Alabama, USA; American quarterback Mac Jones of Alabama (10) drills during American practice at Hancock Whitney Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports


Richard Sherman knows a thing or two about being in the NFL. Playing more than a decade in the league, the San Francisco 49ers cornerback is a five-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl champion with the Seattle Seahawks.

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With over 36 interceptions made over the span of his career, the cornerback will surely go down as one of the great’s of this past decade. Thus with the sort of experience that Sherman has, it’s no wonder that the player has an eye for talent.

And one player he feels who’s got the tools to make it big in the league is Alabama’s Mac Jones.

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Mac Jones has his fair share of doubters

Alabama Crimson Tide won the recently concluded 2021 CFP National Championship by beating Ohio State 24-52. In a stellar showing by the Alabama offense, Mac Jones, the team’s starting quarterback got five touchdowns to his name.

Jones was a consistent performer throughout the course of the season as he finished as one of the finalists for the prestigious Heisman Trophy. But many doubt whether or not Jones has what it take to succeed in the NFL.

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Jones isn’t as fleet-footed as his counterparts. And with the league increasingly pushing for more mobile QBs, many feel that Jones’ draft stock will take a hit.

Jones has Sherman’s backing

Richard Sherman though feels that more traditional style of play shouldn’t be a reason to doubt the young QB.

“Even though Tom Brady, who is not moving outside of those hashes, just won another Super Bowl, I think people still feel the league is trending toward mobile quarterbacks,” he said while appearing on the Chris Collinsworth podcast.

“Mac Jones is making all the throws, very accurate, hidden in tight windows, and played in a pro-style offense. I think they are punishing him for the lack of mobility based on recency bias,” he added.

Sherman further feels that the singling out of Jones is uncalled for, given that Tua Tagovailoa got away with it last season.

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“You just had Tua, who just left from almost an identical team minus the huge parts that left. And he wasn’t punished for it,” he said.

“They were like well Tua had all these NFL-caliber players, so we don’t think he should go top-5. They still took him top-5.”

With the New England Patriots being one of the team’s apparently in the hunt for Jones, do you think Alabama QB can prove his doubters wrong come next season?

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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