It’s going to take Mac Jones at least a few months to earn credibility within the NFL. He appears to be off to a good start.
Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots took advantage of Jones’ NFL Draft slide by taking him with the No. 15 overall pick. He’ll eventually be their franchise quarterback, but first he will have to beat out veteran Cam Newton. For Jones to do so, he’ll have to make a big impression at training camp.
Luckily, Jones already has a good reputation heading into the Patriots’ upcoming practices. New England receiver and punt returner Gunner Olszewski had nothing but good things to say about the rookie quarterback this week.
“Good, smart guy,” Olszewski said via NESN.com. “Smart football player. I see why we took him. Those aren’t the decisions I make, but I think it was a good one. He’s a fun guy to be around and I think he’s a good football player.
“He’s a fun guy to be around and I think he’s a good football player.”
There are two things Mac Jones can do to convince the Patriots to give him the start over Cam Newton.
The first is obvious: avoid turnovers. The second is to drive the ball down the field in the passing game, which is something Newton struggled with last season.
If Jones can do both in training camp, he will give the Patriots plenty of reasons to make him their starting quarterback in Week 1.