Mac Jones had the biggest opportunity of his young career so far on Wednesday. He delivered. But did he deliver enough to sway Bill Belichick?
The Patriots quarterback had his third straight practice as the No. 1 quarterback in team drills during Wednesday’s joint practice against the New York Giants. Overall, he was 21-of-26 with two touchdowns in 11-on-11 drills against the Giants’ starting defense. Jones made a lot of good, quick decisions with the ball in the short-to-intermediate areas of the field, and complemented that with two deep balls that qualify as his two best throws of the day.
According to Jeff Howe of The Athletic, Jones was 35-of-40 combined in 11-on-11 and 7-on-7, including a stretch of 18 straight completions between them.
However, like Tuesday’s practice, Jones and the Patriots offense weren’t perfect. So, until Cam Newton returns to practice, it’s up in the air whether Belichick is giving Jones serious consideration for the Week 1 starting quarterback job. Here’s a more detailed breakdown of how Jones performed in team drills.