Player Outlook
Jones was the best rookie quarterback in 2021, but he wasn't exactly a star Fantasy option. He's hoping to change that in his sophomore campaign. While we expect better production from Jones in 2022, he's still just a No. 2 Fantasy quarterback in the majority of leagues. That means in one-quarterback leagues he should not be drafted, but he could become a waiver wire option during the season. And in two-quarterback and Superflex leagues, Jones is worth drafting near Round 6. The Patriots gave Jones two new weapons in DeVante Parker and rookie Tyquan Thornton, and hopefully they help Jones become more consistent with his positive production. In 2021, he had six games with at least 20 Fantasy points but nine games with 13 points or less. The Patriots will be a run-heavy team, which hurts Jones, but he could be a surprise Fantasy option as the season goes on. If that happens, add him off waivers in one-quarterback leagues.

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Year yds
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Touchdown Passes
Interceptions Thrown
Rushing Yards
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Fantasy Points per Game
2021 3801 22 13 129 26815.8
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  • Patriots' Mac Jones: Not expected to play Thursday

    Jones isn't expected to play in Thursday's preseason opener against the Giants, Mike Reiss and Dan Graziano of report. The report suggests that most of New England's starters aren't expected to take the field Thursday, and if that's the case, look for Jones to get some action in versus Carolina on Friday, Aug. 19. For their preseason opener, the Patriots are expected to focus on evaluating rookies and backups vying for roster spots, which likely sets the stage for rookie fourth-round pick Bailey Zappe to see plenty of action behind veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer.
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  • Patriots' Mac Jones: Could sit Thursday

    Jones is unlikely to play in Thursday's preseason opener against the Giants, based on how the quarterback was used in Tuesday's practice, Mike Reiss of reports. The Patriots have yet to formally announce their plans for Thursday's game, but Reiss suggests that if Jones is held out of the contest, rookie Bailey Zappe will likely see plenty of work at quarterback behind Brian Hoyer.
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  • Patriots' Mac Jones: Draws praise from his head coach

    Coach Bill Belichick noted Tuesday that he has observed "dramatic improvement" from Jones, who is approaching his second campaign as a pro, Mike Reiss of reports. "He did a great job last year, but he's starting from a much, much higher point this year from where he started last year," Belichick noted of the 2021 first-rounder. After overtaking veteran signal-caller Cam Newton ahead of Week 1 last year, Jones completed 352 of his 521 passing attempts for 3,801 yards, with 22 TDs and 13 interceptions. In addition to having a full season as an NFL starter under his belt, Jones has, according to Belichick, made strides in terms of his "physical work and conditioning, mechanics, footwork, understanding of our offense [and] opponent defenses." While Jones figures to helm a New England attack fueled by the RB duo of Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson, the offseason trade for DeVante Parker and the drafting of speedy Tyquan Thornton has added to a solid array of pass catching targets that also includes returning WRs Jakobi Meyers and Kendrick Bourne, as well as TEs Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith. With that in mind, there's room for Jones to improve as a fantasy producer in 2022, but his upside on that front hinges in large part upon the team's approach on offense now that long-time coordinator Josh McDaniels has moved on to coach the Raiders.
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  • Patriots' Mac Jones: Impresses with leadership

    As Jones approaches his second NFL season, the quarterback's increased leadership has caught the eye of his teammates, Mike Reiss of reports. "It's just at another level now," receiver Kendrick Bourne noted of the leadership Jones has displayed this offseason. "He's more comfortable, more confident. He knows what's going on, and the muscle memory is there [from having gone through it] -- OTAs, then camp, and the season. He's just more locked in, more secure in his position." Jones, who Reiss indicates is a candidate to become a team captain in advance of Week 1, is also noticeably thinner these days due to a changed diet, Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald reports. Meanwhile, the 2021 first-rounder hopes to add some muscle to to his 6-foot-3 frame in order to better withstand hits as well as improve his arm strength. This coming season, Jones, who turns 24 in September, will continue to helm an attack that figures to be fueled by the RB duo of Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson, but the Patriots' offseason trade for DeVante Parker and the drafting of speedy Tyquan Thornton does add to the team's solid array of passing targets. There's definitely room for Jones to make strides in Year 2, but his fantasy upside remains tied to New England's approach on offense now that long-time coordinator Josh McDaniels has moved on.
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  • Patriots' Mac Jones: Overmatched in playoff loss

    Jones completed 24 of 38 passes for 232 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in Saturday's 47-17 loss to Buffalo. Though New England was overmatched in nearly all aspects of its wild-card matchup, Jones was unable to get the offense moving while the game remained within reach. His play during the first offensive possession was an exception, as he found Hunter Henry for a 30-yard completion and also scrambled for a 16-yard gain. However, he was picked off by Micah Hyde in the end zone to end the rally. After that, positive plays were few and far between, as Jones ended the first half with only 10 completions for 106 yards. He managed to pad his stat line with a pair of touchdown passes to Kendrick Bourne with the Patriots down by at least three scores the entire second half. Despite the loss, Jones showed promise during his rookie season and will be back under center to lead the New England offense for the 2022 campaign.
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  • Patriots' Mac Jones: Solid in Sunday's loss

    Jones completed 20 of 30 passes for 261 yards and a touchdown with an interception in Sunday's 33-24 loss to the Dolphins. The rookie had a shaky start to the game, tossing a pick-six to Xavien Howard midway through the first quarter, but Jones shook it off and rallied his team from an early 14-point deficit to get the Patriots within a field goal late in the fourth before the Dolphins scored on a fumble return on New England's final possession. Jones wraps up an impressive rookie campaign with a 67.6 percent completion rate, 22:13 TD:INT and 3,801 passing yards, and he'll lead the Pats into the wild-card round as they face AFC East rivals the Bills on Saturday.
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  • Patriots' Mac Jones: Major bounce-back effort in rout

    Jones completed 22 of 30 passes for 227 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in the Patriots' 50-10 win over the Jaguars on Sunday. He also rushed twice for 12 yards. Jones took advantage of a highly favorable matchup to exorcise some recent demons, posting his first interception-free effort in the last three games. The rookie had completed under 60.0 percent of his throws in each of the last two contests as well, but he was accurate early and often Sunday on the way to helping lead three first-half scoring drives. Jones spread the wealth on his touchdown throws, getting little-used Kristian Wilkerson into the end zone from six and 20 yards out and also connecting with the much more familiar Jakobi Meyers for a four-yard scoring toss just before halftime. The strong performance undoubtedly was a confidence builder for Jones ahead of the postseason, one he'll look to build on against the Dolphins in a Week 18 road clash.
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  • Patriots' Mac Jones: Struggles continue in loss to Bills

    Jones completed 14 of 32 passes for 145 yards and two interceptions in Sunday's 33-21 loss to the Bills. He added 33 yards on six rushing attempts. Jones eclipsed the 19 passing yards he mustered against the Bills earlier this month, but the rookie wasn't much better in this one. He finished the first half just 5-for-13 with 47 yards and an interception, as the Patriots trailed 17-7 heading into the locker room. Damien Harris kept the team in it with three rushing touchdowns, but Jones continued to struggle through the air in the second half, fittingly snuffing out New England's slim comeback hopes with another interception on his final pass of the game. Jones has been a competent game manager most weeks while working in an ideal situation for a rookie quarterback, but he has struggled when called upon to play catch-up rather than nurse a lead. Luckily for Jones, the Patriots are unlikely to fall behind in Week 17 against the 2-13 Jaguars.
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  • Patriots' Mac Jones: Erratic in Saturday's loss

    Jones completed 26 of 45 passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions in Saturday's 27-17 loss to the Colts. He also gained 12 yards on his lone rush. The Patriots found themselves in a 17-0 hole at halftime, forcing Jones to air it out a lot more than usual. As a result, the rookie attempted at least 40 passes for only the third time this season and came within a yard of his third career 300-yard game. He also made some rookie mistakes however, including his first career red-zone INT. Jones has now eclipsed 3,000 passing yards on the year, and he'll take a solid 18:10 TD:INT into a Week 16 rematch with the Bills that could well wind up determining the AFC East champion.
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  • Patriots' Mac Jones: Full practice Tuesday

    Updating a previous report, Jones (thumb) was a full practice participant Tuesday, per Ryan Hannable of Initially, Jones wasn't listed on the Pats' first Week 15 injury report, only to be added later as limited due to a left thumb issue, but his activity level since has been adjusted. With his health not in question, Jones will continue to prepare for Saturday's contest at Indianapolis.
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  • Patriots' Mac Jones: Tending to thumb injury

    Jones was limited at Tuesday's practice due to an injury to his left thumb, Ryan Hannable of reports. Jones was a late addition to the Patriots' initial practice report of Week 15 prep. Considering he fit in some activity and the issue is to his non-throwing hand, he likely isn't in danger of sitting out Saturday at Indianapolis. Still, Jones' status will be one to watch to ensure that he's available this weekend.
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  • Patriots' Mac Jones: Throws just three passes in win

    Jones completed two of three passes for 19 yards in Monday night's 14-10 win over the Bills. Jones entered Monday coming off a career-high 310 passing yards last week, but extremely windy conditions in Buffalo resulted in New England running the ball almost every play. In fact, Jones began the fourth quarter with just one attempt, then threw passes on back-to-back plays on the Pats' second-last drive. Despite being on handoff duty basically all night, Jones did enough to help clinch a seventh straight victory, sending him into the bye week on a positive note. He'll surely assume a more conventional role playing indoors versus the Colts in Week 15.
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  • Patriots' Mac Jones: Efficient, accurate in win

    Jones completed 22 of 26 passes for 207 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the Patriots' 25-0 win over the Falcons on Thursday night. He also netted one yard on six rushes. The rookie was near perfect in the convincing win, and he impressively connected with nine different pass catchers along the way. Jones ignited the Patriots offense in the first half by capping off a seven-play, 76-yard drive with a 19-yard touchdown throw to Nelson Agholor early in the second quarter, extending his touchdown streak to three games in the process. Jones' command of the offense this early in his career continues to pay off for fantasy managers in all formats, and his next chance to build on what is now a tally of 2,540 passing yards and a 14:8 TD:INT will come in a Week 12 showdown against the Titans a week from Sunday.
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  • Patriots' Mac Jones: Quiet in win over Bolts

    Jones completed 18 of 35 passes for 218 yards in Sunday's 27-24 win over the Chargers. He also gained 10 yards on four carries. The rookie wasn't particularly efficient, but Jones avoided making any mistakes and let the Patriots' defense take control of the game in the second half. It was a big step back from his performance last week against the Jets, and Jones will face a tough matchup in Week 9 against a Panthers defense that just held Matt Ryan under 150 yards.
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  • Patriots' Mac Jones: Mistake-free in first win

    Jones completed 22 of 30 passes for 186 yards in Sunday's 25-6 win over the Jets. Jones was accurate in the first half, completing 17 of 21 passes for 142 yards to guide his team to a 13-3 lead at the break. He wasn't asked to do much after halftime, as the running game and defense led the way to seal the Jones' first NFL win. Jones has proven to be a capable game manager in his first two contests, but the Patriots prefer to control the clock with runs and short passes as opposed to pushing the ball downfield. The rookie first-round pick has one touchdown and no interceptions heading into a Week 3 visit from the Saints.
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  • Patriots' Mac Jones: Looks comfortable in starting role

    Jones completed 29 of his 39 pass attempts for 281 yards and one touchdown in Sunday's Week 1 loss to Miami. Jones appeared comfortable in his first regular-season start as a professional and completed at least one pass to eight different players. He showed a particular connection with Nelson Agholor, as the pair produced gains of 25 and 21 yards as well as a seven-yard touchdown. Though Jones couldn't earn a victory, he led the Patriots to the red zone for a potential game-winning score late in the fourth quarter before Damien Harris lost a fumble to effectively end the contest. Jones will look to build on this performance in a Week 2 matchup against the Jets.
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  • Patriots' Mac Jones: Wins starting job

    Jones will begin the season as the Patriots' starting quarterback after Cam Newton was released Tuesday, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports. Jones apparently showed enough to not only win the starting job but also push Newton off the roster. With Jarrett Stidham (back) on the PUP list and likely out for at least the first half of the season, 35-year-old Brian Hoyer is the only remaining quarterback on the Patriots' active roster behind the rookie out of Alabama. As such, Jones should have a long leash to work through any struggles, especially after splitting first-team reps all summer. He'll start things off with a home game against the Dolphins in Week 1, followed by a trip to the Meadowlands to face the Jets in Week 2 and then home dates with the Saints (Week 3) and Buccaneers (Week 4).
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  • Patriots' Mac Jones: Finishes stellar preseason

    Jones completed 10 of 14 passes for 156 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 22-20 preseason win over the Giants. Jones entered the game after Cam Newton led the Patriots to a field goal on their first drive and was intercepted on their second. From there, the rookie first-rounder again proceeded to impress, leading New England to 16 points, including a 17-yard touchdown pass of his own, prior to exiting to start the fourth quarter. With a superb exhibition audition process now complete, it'll be interesting to see whether coach Bill Belichick will name Jones or Newton his starting quarterback ahead of Week 1's matchup against the Dolphins.
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  • Patriots' Mac Jones: Impresses at practice Wednesday

    Jones submitted his practice showing of training camp during Wednesday's joint session with the Giants, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports. Per Howe's count, Jones completed 35 of 40 passes against the Giants' starting defense, including a stretch of 18 consecutive completions. With Cam Newton in the NFL's COVID-19 protocols and logging his third absence in a row Wednesday, Jones certainly took advantage of the added practice reps, while simultaneously making a case to be considered as the team's Week 1 starter. Head coach Bill Belichick has maintained that Newton -- who could return to the field as soon as Thursday -- is currently is viewed as the Patriots' starting quarterback, but the combination of his recent absence and Jones' strong efforts of late suggests that the case may not be closed.
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  • Patriots' Mac Jones: Mixes in with first-team offense

    Jones saw some work with the first-team offense Tuesday and completed 13 of his 14 pass attempts after dominating the backups during Monday's practice, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports. Jones continues to make his mark on the preseason after posting a solid debut in game action last Thursday, completing 13 of his 19 pass attempts for 87 yards against Washington. He's viewed as the long-term solution for New England under center and is trying to push to make that impact felt sooner than later. Unfortunately for him, Cam Newton also had what was reportedly his best practice in a week Tuesday, so Jones' showing didn't really help him make up a ton of ground.
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