Ahead of their matchup with the Patriots on Sunday, Saints DC Dennis Allen spoke briefly about Mac Jones. The tenured veteran had some kind words to say about the young quarterback’s early performance.
“I see this QB doing a really good job of being smart with the football…he does a really good job of going through his progressions & he takes what the defense gives him & doesn’t try to force the ball. He’s willing to check the ball down some.”Dennis Allen
From where he stands, Mac Jones appears to have handled the transition to the NFL well, according to Allen. He’ll have to keep his defense prepared as they head over to Foxboro this weekend. Both teams will look to improve to a 2-1 record on the year. This should only add to ours and Allen’s understanding of the kind of quarterback Mac Jones may ultimately become.
Mac Jones this season
Mac Jones was one of five quarterbacks selected in the first round of the 2021 NFL draft. Despite performing well in his last collegiate season, many struggled to gauge his true potential at the next level. This left many unsure of where he would go.
As fate would have it, he landed at an ideal spot in New England, who, like his alma mater, orient themselves primarily on defensive dominance and collective efforts on offense. Through two weeks, Jones has maintained a well-structured style of play. While the numbers won’t exactly pop out, he has still helped his team remain competitive.
So far this season, Jones has only thrown one touchdown and has amassed 467 passing yards. However, he has completed over 73 percent of his throws. It may not compare to the more excellent stars in the league, but for now, it shows the promise he withholds. The coaching staff in New England seems quite confident in him, so maybe we should as well.