After spending one season in quarterback limbo, the New England Patriots believe it has found its man in former Alabama quarterback Mac Jones after he led the team to a 10-7 record during his rookie season.
Many in Patriots circles believe Jones could be the start of something special in New England after legendary quarterback Tom Brady departed the franchise ahead of the 2020 season.
But there are still many who have questions about Jones’ ceiling as he had a few inconsistent performances down the stretch of the season.
One of those who still have questions is ESPN’s Keyshawn Johnson who discussed what kind of player Jones is during an appearance on The Greg Hill Show.
Johnson said that Jones could be a solid piece to the Patriots building block, but he is not on the elite level of Josh Allen, Justin Herbert, Patrick Mahomes amongst others.
“Here’s what I will say about Mac Jones, he’s a good little to what New England wanted to do,” Johnson said. “He’s a good little piece out what they wanted to do. When he had to play quarterback it didn’t work out in their favor. They protected him as much as they could and got enough out of that and because he looks the part like the New England quarterbacks of the world, you know the Scott Zolak types, they think they got something.
“Good player, but he ain’t Josh Allen so that’s a problem for them. He ain’t Deshaun Watson, he ain’t Patrick Mahomes, he ain’t Joe Burrow, Justin Herbert, Aaron Rodgers who will be going to Denver or Tennessee, he’s not that. So you’re gonna have a little bit of a problem when he’s asked to do certain things. And I know, I know, he won 10 games or whatever the number is ‘how could you say that’, he played great for a rookie, I get it. We can cover it up however we want to make it look.
“But I ain’t no fool.”
The full segment can be heard here.
In Jones’ rookie year he started all 17 games for the Patriots as he completed 67 percent of his passes and threw for 3,801 yards, along with 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
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