Patriots QB Mac Jones could reportedly earn a spot in the 2022 NFL Pro Bowl

The rookie could possibly find himself as a Pro Bowler.

Could Mac Jones be a Pro Bowler in his rookie season?

The No. 15 pick wasn’t on the initial AFC roster, but he could potentially be selected as an alternate, according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss. Jones led the New England Patriots to a 10-7 record, along with a playoff bid. He finished the season throwing for 3,801 yards, 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions — with a 68 completion percentage.

Jones was by far the best rookie quarterback out of a class that was highly touted and he’s set up for a bright future with the Patriots. Here’s what Reiss tweeted about Jones’ odds to earn the Pro Bowl nod.

“With the AFC dipping into alternates at QB,” Reiss said, “momentum is building for Mac Jones to play in the Pro Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 6. … Stay tuned.”

It would be huge accomplishment for a rookie that has many more accolades to achieve in the future.

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What’s next for Mac Jones after promising rookie season

Mac Jones needs to continue his development for 2022.

The 2021 season saw the New England Patriots start a rookie quarterback in Mac Jones. Eight months after winning a national championship at the collegiate level, Jones was thrust into the NFL starting quarterback ranks.

Jones finished the season throwing for 3,801 yards, 22 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions. He went through the rookie highs and lows, experiencing every bit of life in the NFL. He had a big role in the Patriots’ seven-game win streak, one that propelled them into playoff position. However, he also struggled a bit during a time frame that saw New England lose three out of its last four regular-season contests — and then its only postseason appearance.

Looking at the bigger picture, Jones did what was asked of him. Now as he enters his second season in 2022, it’s all about taking the next step.

Jones proved he could be a solid, quick-throw quarterback. He excelled at intermediate passes. He also was able to make quick reads, which allowed his receivers to make things happen after the catch. The Alabama product was consistent in erring toward the safest throw, which allowed for low-risk, high-percentage plays. It was a formula that worked very well in the Patriots offense in 2021 — until New England faced the top offenses in the NFL. If anything, it was a continuation of how the Patriots ran their offense under Tom Brady. Though Jones’ version was somewhat watered down.

He needs to continue to be able to make those short and conservative throws, as well as develop a deep ball. One of the knocks on Jones is that he struggles to throw the deep ball — or doesn’t throw it at all. The NFL is a league that is very pass-friendly. The ability to throw the football deep is almost a necessity. Jones needs to work at perfecting the deep passes. If he can do that, that would be a huge improvement and another weapon in his arsenal.

Jones had a productive rookie season in 2021 and the groundwork has been set for him to have an even better season in 2022. As long as he avoids a sophomore slump, he should be able to provide the Patriots with stability as they look to get back to the playoffs once again.

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TD Garden fired up with Mac Jones, Hunter Henry and David Andrews in attendance

The three Patriots appeared to have a great time of the Bruins’ game.

Mac Jones is already becoming a fan-favorite in Boston.

The New England Patriots quarterback led the team to a 10-7 record, along with a playoff berth as a rookie. He has a bright future with the Patriots and he’s already becoming acclimated with the fellow Boston teams.

Jones, David Andrews and Hunter Henry were spotted at the Boston Bruins vs. Washington Capitals game on Thursday night at TD Garden. Andrews, as he’s done in the past, was extremely quick to chug a beer on the Jumbotron and get the crowd fired up.

Here’s a look at the three Patriots enjoying their offseason already.

Bill Belichick will continue to coach and the Patriots have a lot to look forward to in the future with Jones at the helm.

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AFC exec says this aspect of Mac Jones’ game will ‘hurt him’

Mac Jones definitely has a few things to work on going into Year 2.

Mac Jones made tremendous strides as his rookie year progressed.

The No. 15 overall pick led the New England Patriots to a 10-7 record, along with a playoff berth. There were stretches that were dominant and explosive, while there were moments that were flat and underwhelming. Jones finished the year throwing for 3,801 yards, 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions — with a 68 completion percentage.

Overall, he proved he will be the starter for the foreseeable future in Foxborough.

One issue major issue he had that can be improved upon was his ability to win games while playing from behind. The Patriots struggled mightily while trying to brew up comeback victories. Another issue that isn’t so easily solvable, is his arm strength.

The biggest example of this was Jones’ inability to throw in the blistering cold against the Buffalo Bills in Week 13. Jones grew up in Jacksonville and played at Alabama in college — being in the cold isn’t natural to him. To end up at the top of the AFC East, Jones will have to compete against Josh Allen every season.

An anonymous AFC executive expressed this point while talking to Pro Football Focus’ Dough Kyed.

“He’s cerebral, but his arm is weak, which will hurt him in that division in cold-weather games,” the exec said. “Good rookie year but [he] needs a lot of things around him.”

Jones has the trust of his teammates and Bill Belichick appears to be sticking around — so, a lot of the kinks can be worked out during the offseason. But, the Patriots must find a way to put the right playmakers around Jones to make up for the lack of arm strength.

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Here’s how Patriots teammates reportedly feel about playing with Mac Jones

The rookie has a strong foundation to build on within the Patriots’ organization.

Mac Jones proved that he belongs with the New England Patriots as the starting quarterback for the foreseeable future.

The No. 15 overall pick beat out Cam Newton for the role and he led a franchise with high expectations to 10 wins and a playoff berth. The pressure of Tom Brady’s unprecedented success alone was enough to make quarterbacks crumble — but, Jones had the right mentality and he continued to show growth.

He finished the year throwing for 3,801 yards, 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions — with a 68 completion percentage. Jones’ teammates have raved about his leadership and ability to see the football field the entire season.

Pro Football Focus’ Doug Kyed has a close source inside the organization that confirmed the overall belief in Jones, saying he’s “well-liked and trusted.”

“Players want to continue working and building with him,” Kyed wrote.

Longtime Patriot and team captain Matthew Slater summed up the respect that Jones has in the locker room perfectly.

“I know my kids and I will watch be watching him a long time to come,” Slater said. “It’s certainly been an honor for me to play alongside him and see him grow over the course of the year. Patriots Nation — they should be excited about having No. 10 as a quarterback.”

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Mac Jones rates highly in ESPN’s latest rookie class rankings

Mac Jones received high grades following the end of the Patriots season.

Over the course of his rookie season, New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones generated a lot of buzz. On the year he threw for 3,801 yards, 22 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions.

Statistically speaking, his best month came in October. He was really able to find his groove during that time span.  He threw for 1,259 yards, seven touchdowns, and three interceptions.  As the year progressed, it was clear that he was becoming more comfortable within the offense.

With the season over for the 2021 rookie quarterback class, grades are beginning to be handed out. Jeff Legwold of ESPN put Jones as the second-best rookie of the 2021 class, trailing only Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons.

“Jones discovered down the stretch what many rookies — especially quarterbacks — eventually do: Adjusting when opponents attack your weaknesses is simply a part of NFL life . He had two of his three multi-interception games over the last four weeks, and he completed just 51.9% of his passes over a two-game losing streak at the end of December. But in terms of degree of difficulty, what was on his vocational plate and the expectation level for the team (both inside and outside the building), Jones dealt with more than anyone else in the rookie class. And his team made the postseason with 10 wins.”

With the postseason berth being one of the highlights of his rookie season, Jones gave New England fans a potential taste of what is to come. With divisional opponents such as the Buffalo Bills looking like AFC powerhouses, Jones may have his work cut out for him in the future.

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Patriots’ Mac Jones thanks fans in heartwarming Instagram post

Mac Jones took time to thank the fans on Tuesday.

New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones took to Instagram for the first time since August to thank the fans following a whirlwind 2021 season.

For Jones, it was a productive year. He threw for 3,801 yards, 22 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions. The Patriots went 10-7 in the regular season, before falling to the Buffalo Bills in the AFC wild-card game. Over the course of the regular season, the Patriots started 2-4, but managed to win seven games in a row to put themselves back in playoff contention.

Jones was a big part of the Patriots’ ability to right the ship in the regular season. Now, he will look to build on it for 2022.

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With free-agent decisions looming for the Patriots, this team may look a bit different next fall. However, one thing is for certain. Jones is undoubtedly the centerpiece of the Patriots’ future.

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Mac Jones after playoff debut: ‘I think losing’s terrible and none of us wanted to do that tonight’

Mac Jones is focused on the future Following Saturday’s loss to the Buffalo Bills.

The scoreboard was surely a frustrating night for the New England Patriots: 47-10. It seemed to be an equally as frustrating performance for quarterback Mac Jones in his playoff debut against the Bufallo Bills in the wild-card round on Saturday night.

Jones went 24 of 38 for 232 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Perhaps his biggest blunder was the opening-drive interception on a pass intended for wide receiver Nelson Agholor. Buffalo safety Micah Hyde ended up snagging the interception, and what proved to be a momentum-shifter in the game.

Despite a promising rookie season, Jones was not happy with the outcome of this game.

“I think losing’s terrible and none of us wanted to do that tonight. There’s nothing we can do about it, there’s a lot to look forward to and be positive about and learn from. There is nothing to hang our heads on. I’m super proud of the people that have helped me grow as a person, coaches, players, support staff and all that. There’s a lot to look back on, and just learn. There’s nothing to feel sorry about, it’s just a learning experience to get better for next year.”

Jones finished the year throwing for 3.801 yards, 22 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions. He was an instrumental piece of the Patriots’ turnaround after a 2-4 start to the season. Now, the organization will head into the offseason. in what may be an offseason of uncertainty, Jones will be looking to improve.

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NFL official explains controversial calls against Patriots in loss to Bills

A referee from Patriots-Bills explains a couple of questionable calls.

There were two calls in the New England Patriots’ matchup against the Buffalo Bills in Week 16 that were deemed questionable by fans and analysts.

The first call came when Bills DE Jerry Hughes made contact with Mac Jones as he was running out of bounds. Initially, the referees called it an unnecessary roughness penalty and then they picked the flag up after discussion. Trent Brown was frustrated with the call and drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty — creating a 30-yard swing against the Patriots.

Later in the game, Bills linebacker Matt Milano drew a penalty for a late hit on Jones. The penalty was offset because David Andrews, who was defending his quarterback, was flagged for a taunting penalty. Fans and analysts on Twitter lost their minds with this call.

Referee Shawn Smith explained both penalties following the game.

The Patriots lost possession of the AFC East and they have the Jacksonville Jaguars ahead as a redemption game.

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Rex Ryan discusses the silver lining from Patriots’ loss to Colts

The ESPN analyst discussed this ‘encouraging’ aspect following the Patriots’ loss.

Everything that could go wrong, went wrong in the first half of the New England Patriots’ Week 15 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts.

The Patriots were shut out after surrendering 17 points — one touchdown stemmed from a blocked punt. Mac Jones couldn’t get the offense moving until the final minutes of the second quarter, but then he threw his first red zone interception of his career. On the Patriots’ first drive of the second half, Jones threw another interception.

Despite the horrendous start in a hostile environment, along with a 20-0 deficit after his second interception, Jones kept pushing. He had an incredible fourth quarter and nearly led his team to an unlikely comeback victory. The No. 15 pick finished the night throwing 26 of 45 for 299 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

On ESPN’s “NFL Sunday Countdown,” Rex Ryan discussed Jones’ ability to shake off a bad start and lead his team in the comeback attempt.

“I will say this about New England, about your Patriots: Look, I was laughing about the peashooter and all that type of stuff,” Ryan said, transcribed by NESN.” “But, he showed me that in the fourth quarter — that’s one thing he had to answer. Could he bring a team back? He did bring his team back. So, to me, that’s gotta be encouraging as well for the Patriots.”

Jones admitted the Patriots didn’t have a great week of practice and the team knew they started off flat. They’ll need to play much better to beat the Buffalo Bills in Week 16 and this game may give them the fuel to do exactly that.

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