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Mac Jones

Mac Jones’ leadership has the attention of teammates for the Patriots

Mac Jones (#10) celebrates touchdown passes for Patriots versus Jets
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Mac Jones has done all the right things before his second season as an NFL starting quarterback.

He arrived at organized team activities (OTAs) much leaner and stronger for the Patriots. Jones has brought more accuracy, velocity, and communication to the offense, but his leadership has the attention of his teammates. According to a report from New England Sports Network (NESN), Jones could be voted as a team captain this season. He has dominated OTAs with precision on deep balls, short/intermediate routes, timing patterns, and accurately fitting passes to receivers in tight spaces.

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Jones brings fun and flair, but he knows when to be direct and serious. DeVante Parker, Patriots wide receiver, called Jones the “vocal leader” New England needs. Kendrick Bourne and Nelson Agholor have noticed Jones’ commitment to his body, the offensive system, and demanding excellence from others. Per NESN, Jakobi Meyers said the Patriots’ offense is about Jones.

“He’s the real deal,” Meyers said about Jones Thursday via NESN.

“Just kinda what he sees, we’re all just trying to catch up to his mind, his vision. I know him and the coaches have been doing a great job of relaying information to us, but ultimately when we’re out there, he tells us. And we ask him like, ‘How do you want it? Where do you want us to be? When do you want us to be there?’ “He’s been adamant about what he says. He has a clear vision in his mind. It’s real easy to work with him because he puts us in the right direction and we’ve just gotta catch the balls he throws.”

Meyers said Jones has taken control of the offense.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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