‘They Got a Steal’ – New England Patriots Legend Heaps Praise on Rookie Mac Jones

Published 09/17/2021, 10:29 AM EDT
FOXBOROUGH, MA – AUGUST 12: Mac Jones #10 of the New England Patriots smiles during warm ups prior to the start of the game against the Washington Football Team at Gillette Stadium on August 12, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images)


Coach Bill Belichick made a strong statement when they let Cam Newton leave the New England Patriots franchise this summer. The AFC East franchise opted to stick with an unproven talent in the form of rookie Mac Jones. The Patriots moved quickly to draft Jones as the 15th overall pick during this year’s NFL Draft.

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FAYETTEVILLE, AR – DECEMBER 12: Mac Jones #10 of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up before a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Razorback Stadium on December 12, 2020 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Crimson Tide defeated the Razorbacks 52-3. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

Jones threw for 4,500 yards with 41 passing TDs as Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide football team won the CFP National Championship title earlier this year. The Patriots shocked the world when they let 2015 NFL MVP Newton depart, placing all their faith behind this young shot-caller.

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One former player believes, coach Belichick did the right thing in promoting a future superstar.

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Rodney Harrison singles out rookie Mac Jones for special recognition

Speaking to the media in a recent interview with the media, former New England Patriots player Rodney Harrison heaped praise on rookie quarterback Mac Jones following his debut in Week 1 of the NFL season.

“I love the kid. When I sit back and watch him play, he doesn’t look like a rookie. I’m like, OK, this kid can pass the ball 40 times a game if he has to and you don’t have to worry about him. He’s smart, he’s accurate, he doesn’t get flustered.

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“The kid has great pocket presence, and he moves around pretty good. Everybody wants to act like he’s a stiff in the pocket, he’s not, he can move around. I think they found them a steal, I really believe that. This kid’s going to be really good,” Harrison said in a recent conversation with WEEI’s “Merloni & Fauria”.

Aug 12, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones 10) hands the ball off to running back Sony Michel (26) during the first half of a game against the Washington Football Team at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Mac Jones-led New England suffered a narrow defeat in the opening week against divisional rivals Miami Dolphins. Despite the loss, Jones showed maturity while in the pocket. He finished the game with 281 passing yards with 1 passing touchdown to his name.

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He will look to build on that display when the Patriots take on the New York Jets in Week 2.

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Daniel Arambur

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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