The New England Patriots are rolling right now, and you have to give a lot of credit to rookie quarterback Mac Jones. Despite being the fifth quarterback taken in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Alabama product has exceeded expectations. Pro Bowl safety Tyrann Mathieu likes Jones’ game and is tired of the fake supporters.
Pro Bowl safety Tyrann Mathieu called out Mac Jones critics
Tyrann Mathieu isn’t a guy who minces too many words. He usually has no problem saying what’s on his mind.
The two-time Pro Bowler took aim at Mac Jones critics after the rookie led the New England Patriots to a 45-7 victory over the Cleveland Browns in Week 10.
“Mac Jones wasn’t trendy enough for y’all at first, huh,” Mathieu said on Twitter. “Now y’all love him. Man, y’all funny!!! Y’all should be on Comedy Central.”
The Honey Badger clearly has an issue with the “experts” talking about the game.
ESPN NFL analyst Dan Orlovsky agreed with the Chiefs’ star and responded saying, “Yup yup.”
Mathieu continued his defense of Jones. “He don’t throw sidearm or run fast, so people knocked him. Dude can play QB! Period.”
Tyrann Mathieu’s an outspoken player, and Mac Jones has to feel good that veterans are already giving him some respect.
Mac Jones has been the best rookie quarterback by far
Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, Trey Lance, and Justin Fields were the quarterbacks drafted before Mac Jones fell to the New England Patriots at No. 15 overall in the draft. He’s outplayed all of them.
Jones appeared to be entering a quarterback competition with Cam Newton. However, when the Patriots released the veteran, it was Mac time.
The former Alabama standout didn’t turn heads until his stellar junior season with the Crimson Tide. His draft stock skyrocketed after his Heisman-worthy campaign.
“Accuracy at all levels for Mac Jones is off the charts,” said ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. before the 2021 NFL Draft.
Jones has exceeded expectations so far in his first season in New England. He’s thrown for 2,333 yards, 13 touchdowns, and seven interceptions while completing 69% of his passes.
Mac Jones experienced some struggles early in the regular season, but which rookie quarterback hasn’t? He’s shown improvement week after week, and he’s proving that he can be a special player in this league.
Jones landed in a perfect situation with the Patriots, learning from Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels.
The Patriots are the hottest team in the NFL
It was unclear what to expect from the New England Patriots in the 2021 season with Mac Jones under center. After starting off 1-3, Bill Belichick’s squad is hitting its stride at the perfect time.
The Patriots currently hold a 6-4 record, good for second place in the AFC East behind the Buffalo Bills. Things were already trending in the right direction, but their blowout victory over the Cleveland Browns made a strong statement.
New England has reeled off four straight wins. The week before, the Patriots pushed the Dallas Cowboys to the brink in overtime.
New England is playing great all-around football. The offense is ranked No. 6 in the NFL. Mac Jones and company are averaging 27.5 points and 356.2 yards per game.
The Patriots also boast the league’s second-ranked defense. The unit is allowing only 17.7 points and 328 yards per game.
The AFC is wide open right now, and the Patriots are in as good of a position as any team to make a run. The growth of Mac Jones makes that a legitimate possibility.
All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference.