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Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner had high praise for New England Patriots rookie signalman Mac Jones.
With the preseason officially in the books, all of the quarterback situations are basically heading into the opening week of the campaign in 2021. One of the teams with uncertainty about the position is the New England Patriots, as head coach Bill Belichick has yet to reveal who won the starting job between Cam Newton and first-round draft picks for Mac Jones. The rookie had himself a good preseason and it caught the attention of a Hall of Fame quarterback.
In his latest episode of “QBConfidential,” Kurt Warner Jones’ game broke through his appearances on the field this summer, and he had high praise for the Alabama product compared to his colleagues in the NFL Draft. You can see Warner’s full breakdown of Jones in the link above in the first of two episodes talking about the Patriots’ rookie.
Kurt Warner has high praise for the Patriots rookie quarterback Mac Jones
“We start with number five that was drafted and it’s Mac Jones, (who) you could possibly argue has been the best of all five of those quarterbacks in the preseason,” Warner said via Alexandra Francisco of NESN. “And I think the reason he’s been the best is because what you saw in college has been able to translate into what you’ve seen in the pros.”
Jones shone during his junior year with Alabama as he threw in 4,500 yards, 41 touchdowns and four interceptions in 13 games. The signalman saved his best collegiate performance in the end as he completed 36-of-45 passing attempts on 464 yards and five touchdowns in Alabama’s 52-24 victory over Ohio State in the CFP National Championship Game.
Despite rumors that Jones could be selected as high as the third-overall by the San Francisco 49ers, Jones remained on the board until the 15th election the Patriots had. New England experienced their first year without Tom Brady under center last season when the team signed Newton as their new starting quarterback. While Newton shines early, the Patriots as a whole struggled in offense, leading to them missing the playoffs. So the Patriots decided to pick Jones as their potential quarterback for the future.
This preseason, Jones completed 36-of-52 of his passes for 389 yards and a touchdown.
Now all Patriots fans can wait and see who gets the starting quarterback job for the team’s Week 1 game against rival Miami Dolphins. Either way, Jones certainly lived up to the hype in the preseason.