Mac Jones

New England Patriots
Quarterback #10
New England Patriots
Quarterback #10
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Overmatched in playoff loss

Jones completed 24 of 38 passes for 232 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in Saturday's 47-17 loss to Buffalo.

Analysis: Though New England was overmatched in nearly all aspects of its wild-card matchup, Jones was unable to get the offense moving while the game remained within reach. His play during the first offensive possession was an exception, as he found Hunter Henry for a 30-yard completion and also scrambled for a 16-yard gain. However, he was picked off by Micah Hyde in the end zone to end the rally. After that, positive plays were few and far between, as Jones ended the first half with only 10 completions for 106 yards. He managed to pad his stat line with a pair of touchdown passes to Kendrick Bourne with the Patriots down by at least three scores in the second half. Despite the loss, Jones showed promise during his rookie season and will be back under center to lead the New England offense for the 2022 campaign.

Jan 15, 2022 8:58 PM EST


Solid in Sunday's loss

Jones completed 20 of 30 passes for 261 yards and a touchdown with an interception in Sunday's 33-24 loss to the Dolphins.

Analysis: The rookie had a shaky start to the game, tossing a pick-six to Xavien Howard midway through the first quarter, but Jones shook it off and rallied his team from an early 14-point deficit to get the Patriots within a field goal late in the fourth, before the Dolphins scored on a fumble return on New England's final possession. Jones wraps up an impressive rookie campaign with a 67.6 percent completion rate, 22:13 TD:INT and 3,801 passing yards, and he'll lead the Pats into the wild-card round as they face AFC East rivals the Bills on Saturday.

Jan 9, 2022 10:09 PM EST



Major bounce-back effort in rout

Jones completed 22 of 30 passes for 227 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in the Patriots' 50-10 win over the Jaguars on Sunday. He also rushed twice for 12 yards.

Analysis: Jones took advantage of a highly favorable matchup to exorcise some recent demons, posting his first interception-free effort in the last three games. The rookie had completed under 60.0 percent of his throws in each of the last two contests as well, but he was accurate early and often Sunday on the way to helping lead three first-half scoring drives. Jones spread the wealth on his touchdown throws, getting little-used Kristian Wilkerson into the end zone from six and 20 yards out and also connecting with the much more familiar Jakobi Meyers for a four-yard scoring toss just before halftime. The strong performance was undoubtedly a confidence builder for Jones ahead of the postseason, one he'll look to build on against the Dolphins in a Week 18 road clash.

Jan 2, 2022 2:29 PM EST


Struggles continue in loss to Bills

Jones completed 14 of 32 passes for 145 yards and two interceptions in Sunday's 33-21 loss to the Bills. He added 33 yards on six rushing attempts.

Analysis: Jones eclipsed the 19 passing yards he mustered against the Bills earlier this month, but the rookie wasn't much better in this one. He finished the first half just 5-for-13 with 47 yards and an interception, as the Patriots trailed 17-7 heading into the locker room. Damien Harris kept the team in it with three rushing touchdowns, but Jones continued to struggle through the air in the second half, fittingly snuffing out New England's slim comeback hopes with another interception on his final pass of the game. Jones has been a competent game manager most weeks while working in an ideal situation for a rookie quarterback, but he has struggled when called upon to play catch-up rather than nurse a lead. Luckily for Jones, the Patriots are unlikely to fall behind in Week 17 against the 2-13 Jaguars.

Dec 26, 2021 2:03 PM EST


Erratic in Saturday's loss

Jones completed 26 of 45 passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions in Saturday's 27-17 loss to the Colts. He also gained 12 yards on his lone rush.

Analysis: The Patriots found themselves in a 17-0 hole at halftime, forcing Jones to air it out a lot more than usual. As a result, the rookie attempted at least 40 passes for only the third time this season and came within a yard of his third career 300-yard game. He also made some rookie mistakes however, including his first career red-zone INT. Jones has now eclipsed 3,000 passing yards on the year, and he'll take a solid 18:10 TD:INT into a Week 16 rematch with the Bills that could well wind up determining the AFC East champion.

Dec 18, 2021 8:43 PM EST



Full practice Tuesday

Updating a previous report, Jones (thumb) was a full practice participant Tuesday, per Ryan Hannable of WEEI.com.

Analysis: Initially, Jones wasn't listed on the Pats' first Week 15 injury report, only to be added later as limited due to a left thumb issue. But his activity level since has been adjusted to all of it Tuesday. With his health not in question, Jones will continue to prepare uninhibited for Saturday's contest at Indianapolis.

Dec 14, 2021 2:55 PM EST


Tending to thumb injury

Jones was limited at Tuesday's practice due to an injury to his left thumb, Ryan Hannable of WEEI.com reports.

Analysis: Jones was a late addition to the Patriots' initial practice report of Week 15 prep. Considering he fit in some activity and the issue is to his non-throwing hand, he likely isn't in danger of sitting out Saturday at Indianapolis. Still, Jones' status will be one to watch to ensure that he's available this weekend.

Dec 14, 2021 2:37 PM EST


Throws three passes in win

Jones completed two of three passes for 19 yards in Monday night's 14-10 win over the Bills.

Analysis: Jones entered Monday coming off a career-high 310 passing yards last week, but extremely windy conditions in Buffalo resulted in New England running the ball almost every play. In fact, Jones began the fourth quarter with just one attempt, then threw passes on back-to-back plays on the Pats' second-last drive. Despite being on handoff duty basically all night, Jones did enough to help clinch a seventh straight victory, sending him into the bye week on a positive note. He'll surely assume a more conventional quarterback role playing indoors versus the Colts in Week 15.

Dec 6, 2021 8:36 PM EST


Career-high yardage total in win

Jones completed 23 of 32 passes for 310 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 36-13 win over the Titans. He also rushed twice for 11 yards.

Analysis: Jones set a new career high in passing yards, topping his Week 7 total by three. The rookie quarterback capped New England's first drive with a four-yard touchdown pass to Kendrick Bourne, then added a 41-yard touchdown to Bourne in the third, improving his TD:INT to 16:8. Between Jones' strong play and a dominant defense, the Patriots have quietly emerged as a contender in the AFC, as they'll bring an 8-4 record into a pivotal Week 13 trip to Buffalo.

Nov 28, 2021 1:23 PM EST


Efficient, accurate in win

Jones completed 22 of 26 passes for 207 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the Patriots' 25-0 win over the Falcons on Thursday night. He also netted one yard on six rushes.

Analysis: The rookie was near perfect in the convincing win, and he impressively connected with nine different pass catchers along the way. Jones kick-started the Patriots offense by capping off a seven-play, 76-yard drive with a 19-yard touchdown throw to Nelson Agholor early in the second quarter, extending his touchdown streak to three games in the process. Jones' command of the offense this early in his career continues to pay off for fantasy managers in all formats, and his next chance to build on what is now a tally of 2,540 passing yards and a 14:8 TD:INT will come in a Week 12 showdown against the Titans a week from Sunday.

Nov 18, 2021 8:26 PM EST


Highly effective in victory

Jones completed 19 of 23 pass attempts for 198 yards and three touchdowns against Cleveland on Sunday.

Analysis: This game turned into a laugher in a hurry, but Jones played impressively for the portion of the game that was competitive, and Jones' own play was part of the reason why the Patriots generated such a big lead in the first place. He showed more willingness to attack the defense downfield -- something that was lacking in his earlier starts -- and if Jones can maintain that playmaking aggression then the whole Patriots offense could graduate to the next tier as a group. It might be tough for Jones to look as sharp on a short week against Atlanta on Thursday, but by every measure the Falcons are a more inviting defense than the Browns one Jones just lit up.

Nov 14, 2021 1:46 PM EST


Low usage in victory

Jones completed 12 of 18 pass attempts for 139 yards, a touchdown, an interception and a fumble lost in Sunday's 24-6 win over Carolina.

Analysis: The 18 pass attempts marked the lowest total for Jones this season, as the Patriots' defense (one TD) and rushing attack (39 attempts for 151 yards and a TD) did the heavy lifting against the Panthers. The poised rookie is averaging 237.2 passing yards per game with a 10:7 TD:INT ratio through nine contests. The Patriots lost Rhamondre Stevenson (head) and Damien Harris (head) to injury Sunday, so Jones may be relied upon more heavily against a tough Browns' defense should both backs miss the contest.

Nov 7, 2021 1:57 PM EST


Quiet in win over Bolts

Jones completed 18 of 35 passes for 218 yards in Sunday's 27-24 win over the Chargers. He also gained 10 yards on four carries.

Analysis: The rookie wasn't particularly efficient, but Jones avoided making any mistakes and let the Patriots' defense take control of the game in the second half. It was a big step back from his performance last week against the Jets, and Jones will face a tough matchup in Week 9 against a Panthers defense that just held Matt Ryan under 150 yards.

Oct 31, 2021 5:44 PM EST


First 300-yard game in win

Jones completed 24 of 36 passes for 307 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 54-13 win over the Jets. He added 19 yards on three rushing attempts.

Analysis: Jones once again worked as a caretaker while the running game and defense led the way, but he still topped 300 yards for the first time in his career in this blowout win. Brandon Bolden did most of the work on Jones' first touchdown pass, taking a screen pass to the house from 15 yards out, and Hunter Henry was wide open for a one-yard score to give the Patriots a 31-7 halftime lead. The rookie quarterback will bring a respectable 9:6 TD:INT into New England's Week 8 road tilt against the Chargers.

Oct 24, 2021 3:32 PM EST


Sharp in OT loss

Jones completed 15 of 21 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns with one interception in Sunday's 35-29 overtime loss to the Cowboys. He also threw a two-point conversion to Jakobi Meyers.

Analysis: The rookie once again rarely misfired, and his one interception came on a throw that tipped off Kendrick Bourne's hands straight to Trevon Diggs for a pick-six late in the fourth quarter of the wild back-and-forth affair. Jones didn't flinch, however, and on the Patriots' very next possession, he tossed a 75-yard TD to Bourne. Jones will head into a Week 7 clash with the Jets sporting a stunning 71.1 percent completion rate, albeit with a less impressive 7.0 YPA and 7:6 TD:INT.

Oct 17, 2021 7:01 PM EST


Works efficiently in win

Jones completed 23 of 30 passes for 231 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Sunday's win over the Texans.

Analysis: Jones didn't have a massive game from a stats perspective, but he methodically led the Patriots' offense to a victory. He spread targets around, as seven different receivers recorded multiple receptions. His longest completion went for 24 yards to Jakobi Meyers, and he delivered a 13-yard touchdown to Hunter Henry. Despite impressing five games into his rookie season, Jones' success on the field hasn't led to much fantasy value as he has only five total touchdowns and has yet to top 300 passing yards in a game.

Oct 10, 2021 3:41 PM EST


Strong performance on SNF

Jones completed 31 of 40 pass attempts for 275 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Sunday's 19-17 loss to the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Jones attempted his best Tom Brady impression against the legend himself, actually finishing with a superior performance from a statistical perspective. The rookie did throw another interception -- following his three-pick outing last week -- but he also contributed the first multi-score performance of his young career. Jones' fantasy ceiling remains capped by his playstyle of quick releases and accurate, short passes, but he has also looked like the most NFL-ready quarterback out of all the rookie options this year. Jones does get a tasty matchup against the Texans' woeful defense next week, perhaps giving the young arm some appeal in deeper and DFS formats.

Oct 3, 2021 9:58 PM EST


Three interceptions in loss

Jones completed 30 of 51 pass attempts for 270 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions in Sunday's 28-13 loss to the Saints. He added 28 yards on six carries.

Analysis: Jones finally suffered the poor turnover fate that many of his fellow 2021 draft class quarterbacks have gone through early this season. The rookie's pick-six on the Patriots' first drive of the second half put the Saints up 21-3, pretty much putting the game out of reach and forcing the team to become one-dimensional. Even with the three interceptions, Jones is arguably having the best start out of all of the first-round quarterbacks taken in the draft. He will likely face his toughest test to date when the Patriots take on Tom Brady and the Buccaneers next Sunday.

Sep 26, 2021 2:52 PM EST


Mistake-free in first win

Jones completed 22 of 30 passes for 186 yards in Sunday's 25-6 win over the Jets.

Analysis: Jones was accurate in the first half, completing 17 of 21 passes for 142 yards to guide his team to a 13-3 lead at the break. He wasn't asked to do much after halftime, as the running game and defense led the way to seal the Jones' first NFL win. Jones has proven to be a capable game manager in his first two games, but the Patriots prefer to control the clock with runs and short passes as opposed to pushing the ball downfield. The rookie first-round pick has one touchdown and no interceptions heading into a Week 3 visit from the Saints.

Sep 19, 2021 2:57 PM EST


Wins starting job

Jones will start Week 1 against Miami, while Cam Newton has been released, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Jones apparently showed enough to not only win the starting job but also push Newton off the roster. With Jarrett Stidham (back) on the PUP list and likely out for at least the first half of the season, 35-year-old Brian Hoyer is the only remaining quarterback on the Patriots' active roster behind the rookie out of Alabama. As such, Jones should have a long leash to work through any struggles, especially after splitting first-team reps all summer. He'll start things off with a home game against the Dolphins in Week 1, followed by a trip to the Meadowlands to face the Jets in Week 2 and then home dates with the Saints (Week 3) and Buccaneers (Week 4).

Aug 31, 2021 7:21 AM EST


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