The same people gush over Trevor Lawrence even though he's had every bit as good a supporting cast. Really, there's not much more Jones could have done in 2020 other than transform himself into a workout wonder. I've said it before and I'll say it again, pundits are far too enamored with athleticism and measurables at QB instead of can he play? Mac Jones can play: boy can he play.Thanks for that great article on Mac Jones!
People like to downplay Jones accomplishments because he had great weapons at Alabama. Conversely, I'd say, well at least Jones has confirmed he can drive the Ferrari at full throttle, in other words he's not going to be the bottleneck, he's going to be the guy who unleashes the full potential of the offense. I also like the part in the story where he specifically works on the deep ball with his coach in the offseason. And then because of that training he throws for an NCAA record 77% that year to go along with 41 passing touchdowns vs only 4 interceptions.
People like to throw buzz words like off-platform and freak athleticism. But they don't like to talk about fundamentals and sound football. Mac Jones hates turnovers. He hated them so much he would purposely throw the ball away even when he was scout team QB. A fundamentally sound QB avoids turnovers and favors making positive plays that are available.
Mac Jones has fast play processing speed, good decision making, a quick release, and fundamentally sound throwing technique. Those good fundamentals also allow Mac Jones to deliver a good deep ball. Check out the throw at 3:55. Mac Jones delivers a touchdown pass from the Alabama logo. Impressive stuff. You rarely need to or want to make throws longer than that in the NFL simply because longer throws have a higher chance of interception, but it's good to know that he can make deep throws to take advantage of coverages when the receiver gets open.
Overall I feel really good about this kid after reading his story. Like Brady he had to wait his chance behind Tua and Hurts. Mack Jones has the chip because he was never considered the #1 guy, he had to earn it. Mac Jones is coming into a similar situation in the NFL with a chip. He'll always look at the 4 guys taken ahead of him and want to prove the teams who passed on him wrong. With the Patriots, Mac Jones has landed in the perfect situation to take his revenge upon the teams that passed him up. Time to prove the world wrong. You were considered the least of the 5 Quarterbacks by the pundits and the NFL, Mac Jones, can you play the last Joke on your doubters?