The Patriots selected rookie quarterback Mac Jones with the No. 15 overall pick in the NFL Draft, and he will try to compete with Cam Newton for the starting job. Most likely, Jones will open the season as the No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart, and he's not worth drafting in most seasonal leagues. However, Jones could replace Newton at some point during the year, and he would be worth adding off the waiver wire. In rookie-only drafts, Jones is worth selecting in Round 3 of one-quarterback leagues and Round 2 of Superflex and two-quarterback formats. Jones is the long-term answer at quarterback for the Patriots -- or so they hope. At Alabama, he passed for 4,500 yards, 41 touchdowns and four interceptions in 2020 on 77.4 percent completions. He could eventually develop into a low-end Fantasy starter in all leagues, but that might not happen until 2022.
Over the last two days of the Patriots' mandatory minicamp, Jones has been following 2020 starter Cam Newton in the team's QB rotation, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports. Also in the team's signal-caller mix are third-year player Jarrett Stidham, as well as veteran Brian Hoyer, but at this stage Newton remains atop the depth chart while Jones -- the No. 15 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft --gets acclimated to the Patriots' offensive system. Down the road, Jones figures to push Newton for the top job, but how quickly he'll be ready to supplant the incumbent remains to be seen.
Jones sported a compression sleeve on his lower right leg during Friday's OTA and was limping between periods, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports. Jones was still able to complete the practice session and split reps with Jarrett Stidham under center during the second half of the session after Cam Newton left with a finger injury. The rookie doesn't seem to be dealing with a major issue at the moment, but he isn't operating at 100 percent either.
The Patriots selected Jones in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, 15th overall. Jones' draft day slide comes to an end as the Alabama product ends up in New England. Rumored to go as high as No.3 overall to the 49ers, Jones wound up being the fifth quarterback selected in the first round. Jones lacks the physical traits of Trey Lance or Justin Fields, but he is a polished and accurate passer who executed at a high level as the leader of the Crimson Tide. He torched the opposition in 2020, throwing for 4,500 yards on 11.2 YPA while tossing 41 touchdowns and just four interceptions. Having a star-studded supporting cast helped, but Jones showed an ability to operate an offense and read defenses. The Patriots have Cam Newton back on a one-year deal, so this is a move for the future in all likelihood with Jones likely set to take over in 2022 after a year of learning the system.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/19||@New York Jets||29||24.75|
|3||09/26||New Orleans Saints||10||19.00|
|4||10/03||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||12||19.80|
|7||10/24||New York Jets||29||24.75|
|8||10/31||@Los Angeles Chargers||25||22.63|