Patriots Rookie Mac Jones Continues To Impress as He Looks To Deliver the ‘Knockout’ to Cam Newton

Published 06/15/2021, 9:29 AM EDT
Jun 10, 2021; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (50) participates in drills during OTAs at the New England Patriots practice complex. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports


The New England Patriots are still searching for life after Tom Brady. And many believe they have found the answer in Alabama quarterback Mac Jones.

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The quarterback drafted 15th overall by the franchise has big expectations riding on his shoulders. Not only does he have to contend with the pressure of being the Pats’ future QB1, but also take on the responsibility of guiding the franchise back to the pinnacle of the NFL.

While Jones isn’t expected to take over the reins for the get-go given the presence of Cam Newton, he surely is making the right moves in training camp. 

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Mac Jones looks to make life difficult for Cam Newton  

During a segment of the Rich Eisen Show, NFL insider Tom Curran talked about the impact Mac Jones has made at New England so far. And going by Curran’s comments, Jones certainly seems to have made quite an impression. 

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“They (Patriots) are agog… Word is that they sense Jones is further along than any rookie quarterback they’ve had pass through the system, period. Since 2000,” said Curran.

Apr 29, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Mac Jones (Alabama) with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the New England Patriots. The QB was selected as the number 15 overall pick in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Talking about Jones’ ability to grasp the new system and responsibilities, Curran said that the Patriots are throwing all that they have got at Mac Jones.

“He just gets what he’s expected to do and he’s shown this ability and the aptitude needed. They are putting a lot on him already in the passing camp and in the minicamp. 

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They want to see how much he can handle so that when training camp begins, it can be a competition,” he added.

Cam Newton though still remains the man many believe to dress up as the Patriots QB1 come Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season. But Mac Jones is certainly looking to deliver the knockout blow which would see him officially take over the reins. 

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“Bill (Belichick) loves Cam Newton. And I think that Mack Jones has to win by knockout over everybody,” said Curran.

Mac Jones is no stranger to success. Winning the national championship with the Crimson Tide last season, he knows what it takes to lead a winning roster.

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And given his impressive start to life at Foxboro, it’s only a matter of time the Patriots promote him as their starting signal-caller. 

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Shivayan Roy

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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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