Mac Jones has put on some muscle over the offseason.
New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones has been able to enjoy a full off-season for the first time in his career. It seems he is making the most of it.
Jones’ girlfriend Sophie Scott posted a photo on her Instagram story Thursday in which he has a slimmer physique, and appears to have added quite a bit of muscle.
This is an encouraging development for the Patriots organization and fans alike. Jones will be looking to take the next step in his sophomore season, in what has become a crowded AFC East division. he has already worked out with some wide receivers over the past couple of months, most recently on Wednesday with Nelson Agholor and Tre Nixon.
Mac Jones is everything New England Patriots fans could’ve hoped for.
He works hard, handles the media well and he’s extremely gifted on the football field. Jones led the Patriots to a 10-7 record last year, while earning a playoff berth with the team and also a Pro Bowl nod. He finished the season throwing for 3,801 yards with 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions — with a 68 completion percentage.
Jones is entering his second season with high expectations, and those around him are confident that he will meet them. Jonnu Smith is just one of many players and coaches that has nothing but good things to say about Jones.
Smith joined NFL Network’s “Good Morning, Football!” and explained Jones’ most impressive traits.
“Just the way he can turn it on. Mac is probably one of the most goofiest guys in the locker room, to be honest,” Smith said. “But when he steps on that field, he’s a different character. He’s just got so much ability and so much dog in him. Once he flips that switch, he’s a whole different character. Some guys don’t know how to cut that on and cut that off when it’s time to do it. He’s so young. He’s poised. He’s got a little swagger to him, man. I’m glad he’s throwing us passes. That’s my guy.”
.@Patriots TE Jonnu Smith on @gmfb@nflnetwork on what's impressed him about QB Mac Jones: "The way he can turn it on. He's one one of the goofiest guys around. He has so much ability. So much dog in him. When he flips that switch, he's a different person. That's my guy."
The New England Patriots underwent a makeover on the offensive line this offseason. The organization lost pieces such as Shaq Mason and Ted Karras via both trades and free agency. They also added a piece to the line: guard Cole Strange. The Patriots drafted him in the first round at 29th overall.
The turnover on the offensive line could impact quarterback Mac Jones. However, a certain statistic is a promising sign as he heads into his second season.
Pro Football Focus ranked the quarterbacks who were most affected by pressure on Friday. Jones fell between Taylor Heinicke and Patrick Mahomes with an 84.5 grade. That was good enough for 23rd in the NFL — a solid place to sit after Jones’ rookie season.
“Like Heinicke, Jones’ pressure performance was around average for the group. He went 66-for-123 with 730 yards, six touchdowns and four picks. His 40 first downs were slightly on the low end, but he tallied just six turnover-worthy plays, which was tied for the second-fewest.”
It will be intriguing to see where he ends up in the rankings for next season. As the Patriots look to install a new offensive system, those numbers may change by the end of the season.
New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones is at the center of an offense that appears to be under reconstruction.
With offensive assistants Joe Judge and Matt Patricia taking charge of leadership, Bill Belichick has decided to streamline the offense and simplify it. Tackle Isaiah Wynn went so far as to say they’d dumbed down the offensive terminology.
Jones was asked for his thoughts on those changes.
“The idea for every offense is to have an identity and to be able to play fast and play quicker. And to put stress on the defense is important for any offense,” Jones said June 9 during a videoconference call. “We want to be able to do that consistently and we want to be able to do whatever we want to do at any given time, whether that’s a run, play action or pass short, medium or long. We’re trying to have a little bit of variety and just grow together.”
Jones looked dialed in this offseason with excellent showings in organized team activities and minicamp. He was extremely accurate and began to push the ball downfield with more confidence than he displayed in his rookie season. That’s not the only area where the rookie seems to have grown. He was asked whether he felt like he had command over this new offense.
“Yeah, I think that’s the whole point of the quarterback, right? It’s to lead the guys around you, get them the ball.”
A special Mac Jones rookie card was a big pull for one card collector.
Finding a rare card is every card collector’s dream. Johnny Stone, 13, was able to live out his dream last Friday.
The Ohio native preordered Panini Prizm football cards back in February. The order was originally supposed to come in April, but it was delayed to last week, which happened to be the opening week for card collectors.
Stone pulled a Mac Jones rookie card, the only one of its kind. He opened the box on a Facebook live stream, and was extremely surprised when he pulled the card. As soon as he pulled it, Stone knew the card was something special.
Johnny had offers following his pull, as his video made its way around the collecting realm. He ended up selling it for $100,000. The card has been flipped for a $175,000 profit since then.
Johnny’s father Chad was equally as surprised, and enjoyed watching it unfold on the Facebook live stream.
“Nothing makes me happier than getting to see and listen to my son’s joy when he pulled the card,” he said.
“It is literally a one in a million chance that Johnny opened that card in the first box on opening day for the series,” Chad said. “It is the best card you can possibly get from the whole product. He won the lottery.”
Jones came into the NFL with high expectations on the field. He was a highly-touted quarterback as a rookie last season, being viewed as Tom Brady’s successor. It seems he is highly-touted in the card-collecting community as well.
Mac Jones is ready to be a mentor for the New England Patriots’ fourth-round pick, Bailey Zappe.
The level of competition in the NFL is off the charts.
Only a small fraction of even the best players in college football will see the field consistently in the league. Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill is an example of a player who understands and acknowledges how difficult it is to remain a starter. He infamously said it’s not his job to mentor rookie quarterback Malik Willis, and he elaborated by saying that they both are fighting for the same role.
New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones is entering his second year and he’s already seen the team draft a quarterback behind him. The Patriots selected Bailey Zappe out of Western Kentucky in the fourth round and he was extremely accomplished on the collegiate level — breaking numerous NCAA records.
New England began its voluntary OTAs on Monday and Jones discussed the addition of Zappe — with a very different response than Tannehill.
“We’re happy to have Bailey,” Jones said, transcribed by NESN. “Obviously, had a great college career, and he provides good knowledge from his experience. And I’ll always be available to help him and mentor him any way I can. I was fortunate to learn from (backup quarterback Brian) Hoyer last year as a rookie. And, hopefully, me and Hoyer can help Baily out any way possible and help him develop to where he feels like he’s a better quarterback.”
Brian Hoyer is still on the roster and Jarrett Stidham is now with the Las Vegas Raiders, leaving three in the quarterback room. Zappe won’t likely see the field much, if at all, this season and he’ll work on developing as an NFL quarterback.
Regardless, it has to be refreshing to hear Jones’ willingness to bring him along.
If the Patriots come out on top in the AFC East, could Mac Jones be considered an MVP candidate?
Mac Jones has high expectations this season.
The New England Patriots quarterback is entering his second year and he’s earned praise from people inside and outside of the organization. Jones has set up offseason workouts with teammates and he’s becoming a staple in the Boston sports community.
As a rookie, Jones led the Patriots to a playoff berth and he also earned a Pro Bowl selection. He finished the year throwing for 3,801 yards, 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions — with a 68 completion percentage. He was calm, cool and collected the entire year and he looked like the player the Patriots can lean on as their franchise quarterback.
The difficulty entering the 2022 season is the absence of Josh McDaniels and a few key offensive coaches. Joe Judge will work directly with Jones and the offensive coaching staff looks much different. That doesn’t seem to be a concern to anyone in the building and Jones said he’s ready to embrace the change.
NFL Network’s Peter Shrager has bought into the Jones hype and he went far enough to put him as the dark horse MVP candidate for 2022. Shrager said that Jones would really make a case for himself if the Patriots can win the AFC East over the Buffalo Bills.
New England began its voluntary offseason workout program at the end of April and the team has been hard at work. The Patriots social media team put out a quick clip that had some moments from the workouts.
Mac Jones is putting in the work to be great and overcome inevitable obstacles in his second year.
There’s a lot of hype around Mac Jones entering his second year, despite the departure of Josh McDaniels and other coaches on the offensive side.
For many players in this crucial developmental stage, there’s a need for consistency and familiarity within the organization. But, Jones has already admitted that he’s no stranger to change — McDaniels believes he can adjust to these changes also. It takes a certain level of dedication and an ability to learn from those around them, and Jones has both of those characteristics.
This shouldn’t be very surprising, but the Patriots sound ecstatic with quarterback Mac Jones’ offseason dedication. Jones has spent long hours at Gillette Stadium, often beating the coaching staff into the building to get a jump-start on film study for the day. He is also taking ownership of the offense, willing to vouch for plays and concepts that he likes and pump the brakes on the stuff that hasn?t worked.
Jones led the Patriots to a 10-7 record with a playoff berth as a rookie, while throwing for 3,801 yards, 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He has a healthy offensive line this year and a group of receivers that includes Jakobi Meyers, Kendrick Bourne, DeVante Parker, Nelson Agholor and Tyquan Thornton.
The Patriots have Damien Harris, Rhamondre Stevenson, James White and Pierre Strong Jr. at running back. Jones has the tools for the success and the team believes he has the work ethic to make a huge jump in his sophomore season.