The New England Patriots are off to a slow start this year going 1-2.
Quarterback Mac Jones has struggled to start his second season.
Jones has thrown for 786 yards and two touchdowns with five interceptions.
The Patriots’ offense has struggled to score points and now Jones is injured with a severe ankle sprain.
Now, with Jones out for at least a few weeks, the Patriots will take a look at backup quarterback Brian Hoyer.
It wouldn’t be a surprise to see the offense operate more efficiently with Hoyer.
The 36-year-old QB was a starter for many years in Houston.
There should hardly be an abandonment from Jones to Hoyer.
So that begs the question: Should the Patriots move on from Mac Jones?
It may seem like a crazy jump to a conclusion after Jones’ strong season last year.
But many people would agree that Jones doesn’t have the chops of one of the top 10 QBs in the NFL.
He has limited mobility and his arm strength is average.
Although he throws the ball with good accuracy, New England’s lack of weapons makes their passing game a struggle.
This is the weirdest Mac Jones game I can remember. Impressive athleticism, lots of aggressive throwing, generally inaccurate, poor decision making. Mac from the twilight zone.
— Benjamin Solak (@BenjaminSolak) September 25, 2022
Jones hasn’t gotten anywhere near the weapons other top QBs get.
But, it still lacks elite traits.
If the Patriots are looking for something better, it’s possible they could find it in the next draft.
This Patriots team doesn’t look good enough to make the playoffs in 2022.
They play in a division where they are third team at best.
Plus, the AFC is full of teams that have better quarterbacks and rosters than New England.
It seems likely that they will keep Jones at least through his rookie deal, but it shouldn’t surprise anyone if they decide to move on before then.
Find the next Brady
Any Patriot fan hoping Jones is the next Tom Brady is making a mistake.
While Jones might be a competent starter, he can’t run a team like Brady did.
It seems the ceiling for Jones is what we saw during his rookie year.
Making the playoffs and maybe winning a wild-card game is possible with Jones as long as the team around him is good.
Having Bill Belichick as head coach gives the Patriots an immediate advantage over most teams.
Especially with him leading New England’s defense.
Defense was a big part of the wild-card spot last year, but the Jones-led offense didn’t have the firepower to compete with the Buffalo Bills in the first round.
the #patriots in the Mac Jones era:
Opponent scores less than 25 points: 11-3
Opponent scores more than 25 points: 0-7
— Evan Lazar (@ezlazar) September 25, 2022
If New England decides to let Jones go after this season, they could try their luck again in the draft or sign a top free agent.
Bryce Young and CJ Stroud are the two best options in the draft with Lamar Jackson as the best possible free agent.
It would be a mistake if the Ravens let Jackson go, but he is a free agent after this season.
Jackson in New England would be the welcome move the Patriots need.
He could help elevate them back into Super Bowl contention and make passing Jones pretty easy.
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