The future at QB for the Patriots? Mike Giardi weighs in
Mike Giardi of The Boston Sports Journal joined Fred Toucher to discuss the Patriots QB situation for the rest of the 2023 season and beyond.
During yesterday’s show, Fred Toucher and Mike Giardi from Boston Sports Journal discussed the Patriots’ quarterback situation for the remainder of the 2023 season and beyond. The conversation centered around Mac Jones being benched three times this season and the possibility of him starting in the upcoming game against the Giants. Giardi expressed his belief that Jones should start and mentioned the lack of progress from backup quarterback Bailey in practice.
The conversation also delved into the idea of the Patriots potentially drafting a quarterback in the next year’s draft, particularly if they secure a high pick.
Fred Toucher: If it’s truly a competition, Mac emerges and doesn’t get benched again this year. So his performance is at such a level he manages not to get himself benched. Much like we talked about, what if Belichick goes on like a little bit of a winning streak. Is there a way that they go, All right, good. Mac Jones still makes himself the quarterback of this team or at least competing for being the quarterback of this team next year?
Mike Giardi: 100%, yeah. Well, think about it. He’s next year. He’s not making any money. So they don’t have to pick up the fifth-year option. I’d be stunned if they picked up the fifth-year option. Something crazy would have to happen here in the last seven games for them to even consider that. So I think the hits $5 million? Like that’s nothing in this day and age for a backup quarterback and then whether or not you end up with the third pick right now let’s say that holds man Caleb Williams be gone. The next quarterback is not worthy of being picked #3 So you’re probably picking Marvin Harrison or the tackle.
Fred Toucher: Oh boy.
Mike Giardi: And then you’re looking maybe the next tier are quarterbacks in the second round. It’s a competition. Then you head into the spring and summer with Mac Jones as the incumbent, but you drafted a kid in the second round and maybe you can blow up the rest of the room and you add a veteran like Josh Dobbs, someone like that, and say, “All right, ball’s out there. Go ahead, compete.
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