Mac Jones

New England Patriots
Quarterback #10
New England Patriots
Quarterback #10

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Season over after Week 18 loss

Jones completed 26 of 40 passes for 243 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions in Sunday's 35-23 loss to the Bills. He added five yards on four rushing attempts.

Analysis: Jones tossed a pair of game-tying two-yard touchdowns in the first half, finding Jakobi Meyers in the first quarter and DeVante Parker in the second. He was intercepted at Buffalo's two-yard line in the third quarter, then found Parker for a 26-yard touchdown in the fourth before throwing away the Patriots' playoff hopes with interceptions on each of New England's final two drives. New England's Jones-led passing game held back an otherwise talented roster in his second season, but the 2021 first-round pick remains the front-runner for the team's starting quarterback job in 2023. Across 14 starts, Jones posted a 14:11 TD:INT while falling three passing yards shy of 3,000.

Jan 8, 2023 1:53 PM EST

Pair of touchdowns in big win

Jones completed 20 of 33 passes for 203 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Patriots' 23-21 win over the Dolphins on Sunday. He also rushed three times for one yard.

Analysis: Jones was able to put together a clean performance to help the Patriots even their record at 8-8 and remain in contention for a postseason spot. Forced to operate without both DeVante Parker (concussion) and Jonnu Smith (concussion), Jones spread the ball around to six targets overall, with 11 of his 20 completions going to Hunter Henry and Jakobi Meyers. The second-year signal-caller hit Tyquan Thornton (seven yards) and Meyers (one yard) for his two touchdowns, the second capping off a clutch 11-play, 89-yard march that took over five minutes off the clock in the fourth quarter and extended a thin 16-14 lead at the time. Jones heads into a critical Week 18 road matchup against the Bills with back-to-back two-touchdown-pass tallies for the first time all season.

Jan 1, 2023 2:46 PM EST

Bounces back in Week 16 loss

Jones completed 21 of 33 passes for 240 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions and netted minus-1 yard on one rush attempt in the Patriots' 22-18 loss to the Bengals on Saturday.

Analysis: Jones put together much better numbers than during his forgettable Week 15 performance against the Raiders, although ultimately, the end result was another loss for New England. The second-year signal-caller found his most success when targeting Kendrick Bourne, although he continued to display strong chemistry with Jakobi Meyers as well. Jones will look to improve on Saturday's solid numbers in a favorable Week 17 home matchup against the Dolphins on Sunday, Jan. 1.

Dec 24, 2022 2:18 PM EST

Struggles in Sunday's loss

Jones completed 13 of 31 passes for 112 yards in Sunday's 30-24 loss to the Raiders.

Analysis: He added 10 yards on four carries. Jones simply couldn't get anything going through the air against a suspect Las Vegas secondary, setting a season low in passing yards for a full game, but New England's running game and defense kept the team in the contest until a shocking final play that resulted in a game-winning defensive score for former Patriot Chandler Jones. Jones the quarterback has failed to reach 200 yards in four of the last seven games, making him a very risky fantasy option in Week 16 against a Bengals defense that just forced Tom Brady to commit five turnovers.

Dec 18, 2022 5:26 PM EST

Serviceable numbers in road win

Jones completed 24 of 35 passes for 235 yards with no touchdowns and one interception in the Patriots' 27-13 win over the Cardinals on Monday night. He also netted minus-1 yards on five rush attempts and fumbled once but recovered.

Analysis: Jones put together solid numbers overall, but his night was a disappointment from a fantasy perspective given that he had no hand in any of his team's touchdowns. The second-year signal-caller's one interception came at New England's 41-yard and set up a Cardinals field goal, but Jones otherwise stayed out of his team's way while the running game and defense shouldered a heavy load against an Arizona squad that lost Kyler Murray to a likely serious knee injury on the third offensive play. Jones next takes aim at a vulnerable Raiders secondary in a Week 15 road matchup.

Dec 12, 2022 8:41 PM EST

Underwhelming numbers in loss

Jones completed 22 of 36 passes for 195 yards with one touchdown and no interception in the Patriots' 24-10 loss to the Bills on Thursday night. He also rushed three times for seven yards and committed a fumble that was recovered by New England.

Analysis: Jones fell short of the 200-yard mark for the third time in the last five games on a night that was critical to the Patriots' playoff hopes. The second-year signal-caller did extend his interception-less streak to four contests, but after some modest early success. New England failed to garner any points on six consecutive possessions until a 17-play, 57-yard march in the fourth quarter after the Pats were already down 17 points. What's more, that march ended in a meaningless field goal when Jones threw three incompletions and took a sack on the last four plays after getting down to the Bills' 15-yard line. Jones' play and that of the entire offense will undoubtedly be the subject of plenty of scrutiny going into a Week 14 road interconference clash against the Cardinals on Monday night, Dec. 12.

Dec 1, 2022 8:48 PM EST

Season-high yardage total in loss

Jones completed 28 of 39 passes for 382 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Patriots' 33-26 loss to the Vikings on Thursday night. He also fumbled once but recovered.

Analysis: Jones put together his most productive day of the season yardage-wise in the losing effort, while completing four passes of greater than 30 yards. The second-year signal-caller hit Nelson Agholor and Hunter Henry for his pair of touchdown passes, and he had a second one to the latter reversed on replay as well. Nevertheless, the multi-score tally was Jones' first of the season, and he's now thrown for an impressive 628 yards over the last pair of games. Jones will be right be back in action next Thursday night for key primetime divisional home clash against the Bills.

Nov 24, 2022 8:34 PM EST

Victorious in defensive battle

Jones completed 23 of 27 passes for 246 yards and rushed twice for three yards in Sunday's 10-3 win over the Jets.

Analysis: Jones didn't produce a touchdown, but he didn't turn the ball over, either. He led the Patriots down the field for a field goal to open the scoring early in the second quarter, but Jones took an ill-timed sack on the following drive that proved significant, as Nick Folk's field-goal attempt on the next play clanked off the crossbar to keep the score tied at three. While Jones was accurate, his dinking and dunking failed to generate any more points against New York's defense. That didn't matter, as New England scored a punt return touchdown in the final seconds to win it. The Patriots improved to 6-4 heading into a Thanksgiving Day trip to Minnesota.

Nov 20, 2022 1:41 PM EST

Not asked to do much in win

Jones completed 20 of his 30 passes for 147 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in Sunday's 26-3 win over the Colts.

Analysis: Jones played mistake-free, as he didn't turn the ball over and managed the Patriots' offense effectively. His lone touchdown came on a three-yard pass to Rhamondre Stevenson, and he connected with Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith for lengthy gains of 30 and 24 yards. In two full games since returning from an ankle injury, Jones has combined to throw for 341 yards, two touchdowns and one interception while averaging 5.2 yards per attempt.

Nov 6, 2022 7:33 PM EST

Controversial flag erases pick-six

Jones completed 24 of 35 passes for 194 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Sunday's 22-17 win over the Jets.

Analysis: Jones benefited from a quintessential Jets-Patriots moment late in the first half, as a controversial roughing the passer penalty erased a would-be pick-six that would have put the Jets up 17-3. New England instead got its second field goal on that drive to take a 10-6 deficit into the locker room. On the preceding possession, a questionable Jets unnecessary roughness penalty helped New England drive down to New York's 21-yard line, but Jones threw incomplete on 4th-and-1. Jones got a far better result on 4th-and-1 early in the third, finding Jakobi Meyers for a five-yard touchdown to take the lead. New England's defense led the way from there as the Patriots improved to 4-4. Jones was more lucky than good in this one, but he likely did enough to keep backup Bailey Zappe on the bench in Week 9 against the Colts.

Oct 30, 2022 2:24 PM EST

Puts in full week of practice

Jones is dealing with numbness in the toes on his left foot, but he was a full participant in practice all week and will start Sunday's game against the Jets, Zack Cox of reports.

Analysis: The toe numbness is likely related to the left high-ankle sprain that sidelined Jones for Weeks 3 through 6 before he returned to action for the Patriots' 33-14 loss to the Bears in Week 7. Jones started in the loss Monday, but he was replaced by Bailey Zappe after he threw an interception on his 16th and final snap of the night. According to the report, the lingering toe numbness didn't affect Jones in his on-field prep this week, and he's expected to have a longer leash Sunday now that he's further removed from the ankle sprain and after Zappe committed three turnovers in relief of Jones on Monday.

Oct 28, 2022 2:04 PM EST

Confirmed as Week 8 starter

Coach Bill Belichick confirmed that Jones will start Sunday's game against the Jets, Evan Lazar of the Patriots' official site reports.

Analysis: Meanwhile, for the first time since injuring his ankle in Week 3, Jones was not listed on the team's injury report, which was posted Wednesday. Based on that, it appears as though Jones won't face any notable limitations health-wise this weekend, and in that context Bailey Zappe is slated to serve as the Patriots' No. 2 QB on Sunday. Jone thus represents a lineup option deeper fantasy formats while squaring off against a Jets defense that has allowed an average of 209.4 passing yards per game to date.

Oct 27, 2022 9:11 AM EST

Off the injury report and starting

Jones is slated to start Sunday's game against the Jets, Andrew Callahan of the Boston Herald and Field Yates of ESPN report.

Analysis: Moreover, Jones -- who has been working his way back from an ankle injury -- is not listed on the Patriots' Week 8 injury report, which suggests that the QB is not expected to have any significant limitations when he takes the field this weekend. In his return from a three-game absence in Monday's 33-14 loss to the Bears, Jones completed three of six passes for 13 yards and a pick and ran three times for 24 yards before giving way to Bailey Zappe. In the wake of that contest, coach Bill Belichick declined to confirm the team's starter this week, but after taking the bulk of the Patriots' first-team signal-caller reps in practice Wednesday, Jones is in line to get the nod versus New York.

Oct 26, 2022 1:54 PM EST

Slated to draw Week 8 start

Jones took about 90 percent of the Patriots' first-team QB reps at practice Wednesday and is in line to start Sunday against the Jets, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Though coach Bill Belichick has thus far declined to confirm the team's Week 8 starter, it looks like Jones is slated to retain the assignment, with Bailey Zappe thus on track to open Sunday's contest as the Patriots' No. 2 signal caller. Jones has been working his way back from an ankle injury, so there's still a decent chance his name will appear on Wednesday's injury report.

Oct 26, 2022 12:58 PM EST

Week 8 QB plans TBD

Following Monday's 33-14 loss to Bears in which Jones was pulled after three series, coach Bill Belichick declined to confirm a starting QB for the Patriots' Week 8 game against the Jets, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

Analysis: In his return from a three-game absence, Jones completed three of his six passes for 13 yards and a pick and ran three times for 24 yards before giving way to Bailey Zappe. The report indicates that the Patriots planned to play both QBs on Monday, with Jones' recovery from a high ankle sprain factoring into that approach. Meanwhile, Belichick suggested that the 2021 first-rounder would have returned to the contest in the second half had the score been closer. Look for added context regarding the situation to arrive via practice reports this coming week, in terms of Jones' participation level and how the team's signal-caller reps are handled. In any case, until there's added clarity here, Jones looks like a risky fantasy option ahead of Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff against the 5-2 Jets.

Oct 25, 2022 7:06 AM EST

Benched early in loss

Jones completed three of his six passes for 13 yards and an interception in Monday's 33-14 loss to the Bears. He added three rushes for 24 yards.

Analysis: Jones returned from a three-game absence caused by a high-ankle sprain and got off to a lackluster start. He was ultimately benched after throwing an interception deep in Bears' territory early in the second quarter. Bailey Zappe entered in his place and immediately led the Patriots' offense to two scoring drives, though he cooled down quite a bit across the final two quarters of the game. Jones managed to hold onto his starting role while rehabbing his high ankle sprain, but there may now be a true quarterback controversy in New England. At a minimum, it's unclear whether Jones or Zappe will get the call as the starter in a pivotal Week 8 matchup against the Jets.

Oct 24, 2022 8:29 PM EST

Slated to start Monday

Coach Bill Belichick confirmed that Jones (ankle) is slated to start Monday night's game against the Bears, Mike Reiss of reports.

Analysis: Jones is thus back as the Patriots' starter following a three-game absence due to an ankle injury, though Evan Lazar of the team's official site relays that there has been some speculation backup Bailey Zappe could also potentially take some snaps in the contest. In any case, those who waited things out on Jones all the way up to Monday's kickoff are slated get some level of Week 7 fantasy production from the 2021 first-rounder.

Oct 24, 2022 4:45 PM EST

Suits up Monday

Jones (ankle) is listed as active for Monday night's game against the Bears.

Analysis: Per Andrew Callahan of the Boston Herald, Jones, who has missed the Patriots' last three games due to a high-ankle sprain, is back in uniform and expected to start Monday's contest, with Bailey Zappe on hand in the event that he suffers any in-game setbacks in his return to action. In that context, Jones is a fantasy lineup option for those who waited things out regarding his Week 7 status, though it remains to be seen how pass-heavy the team will be inclined to go in the contest, with RBs Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson both available versus Chicago.

Oct 24, 2022 3:57 PM EST

On track to suit up Monday

With Garrett Gilbert not elevated from the practice squad ahead of Monday night's game against the Bears, Jones and Bailey Zappe are in line to be on the Patriots' Week 7 game-day roster, Mike Reiss of reports.

Analysis: The report notes that at this stage the Patriots haven't announced a starting QB for the contest, but Jones is expected to play. That said, Reiss suggests that "the possibility Zappe gets snaps can't be dismissed" either. In any case, official confirmation of Jones' availability versus Chicago will be confirmed once New England's inactives are announced ahead of Monday's 8:15 ET kickoff.

Oct 24, 2022 2:53 PM EST

Expected to start Monday

Jones (ankle) is expected to start Monday night's game against the Bears, barring a setback, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Jones has missed the Patriots' last three games due to a high-ankle sprain, but it looks like he's in line to suit up Monday, in the absence of any pre-game setbacks. Official confirmation of his Week 7 status won't arrive until the team's inactives are posted ahead of Monday's 8:15 ET kickoff, so ideally those considering Jones in fantasy lineups would have Bailey Zappe or Chicago's Justin Fields available as potential replacements.

Oct 23, 2022 9:41 AM EST

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