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It appears Mac Jones has made quite the first impression on his new teammates as New England’s first-round quarterback rolls through his first training camp with the Patriots. Given that he’s been tapped by Bill Belichick and the rest of the club’s evaluators as the future — and possibly present — face of the quarterback position, there’s been no shortage of external hype surrounding his arrival. So far, it appears to be warranted, especially after starting offensive tackle Trent Brown gave his evaluation of the young signal-caller on Tuesday night.
“I think he can be special,” Brown said of Jones, via WEEI.com. “There’s a lot going on for him right now – this is a different ballgame, and with Bill’s defense, there’s a lot of moving parts out there. He’s just got to settle down and I think he’ll be all right.”
At Alabama, it was easy to see what made the Patriots so drawn to Jones. During his final collegiate season, his 77.4 completion percentage was an NCAA single-season record and he was able to help lead the Crimson Tide to a Nation Championship victory — a game in which he completed 80% of his throws for 464 yards and five touchdowns along with zero interceptions.
“To be so young, I think he makes some throws that not a lot of young guys can make,” Brown said. “I think it’s all about settling down and knowing you can still play the game. It’s still football. Yeah, it’s a different level, but it’s still football. I think that goes for any rookie.”
Recently, Jones has been stacking together strong performances that have him seriously nipping on the heels of Cam Newton for the starting job. Of course, the real test should come when Jones sees live game-action, beginning on Thursday night when New England faces the Washington Football Team in their preseason opener. It’ll be over that stretch where the rest of us will likely start to see what’s been impressing Brown and the rest of the marquee figures in Foxborough.