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Will This Position For The Patriots Be A Looming Issue?

Updated: Sep 10, 2023

Is the quarterback position going to be a problem for the Patriots?

Entering the 2022 season, the Patriots needed key development from their players. Players like Mac Jones, Christian Barmore, Rhamondre Stevenson, and other key pieces were expected to take a leap forward. However, New England’s most important player Mac Jones, has had a bad start to the season. Throwing for less than 1,000 yards and seven interceptions. With the shaky quarterback play, is the quarterback position going to be a problem for the Patriots in the future?

Too Ealy To Judge

While Mac has had a very bad start to this season, it is still way too early to decide to move off of him. Especially considering what Mac Jones was able to do last year. In his rookie year, Mac threw for 3,800 yards, and 22 touchdowns. Also, this was without an elite receiver. Going into the 2022 season, the Patriots drafted Tyquan Thornton and traded for Devante Parker, while these moves were certainly upgrades, they don’t move the needle much. The Patriots also replaced the long-tenured Josh McDaniels with an unproven offensive mind in Matt Patricia. Considering all of these factors, it is normal that Mac has had a rough start to the 2022 season.

One underrated reason why Mac has been struggling may be the absence of Kendrick Bourne. Bourne was the Patriots’ best playmaker in the 2021 season, while he didn’t lead the team in yards, he would constantly produce big plays when the offense stagnated.

Mac and Bourne had a good connection and allowing them to build on it would have been best. However, Kendrick Bourne has seen little to no playing time, and when he does get on the field, he rarely gets the ball. Bourne has only received for 156 yards. With new additions on the receiving core, a shaky offensive line, and a completely new offensive coordinator, it would be unfair to evaluate Mac right now.


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How Should The Patriots Evaluate Mac?

The answer to this in my opinion is relatively simple. Give Mac Jones the starting job for the rest of the year. What Mac Jones did in his rookie year can’t be forgotten, he was poised and was able to be productive without any stars on the offense. With lots of change, Mac will need time to get used to it. There is a very realistic possibility that a few games in the Patriots start to see the Mac Jones of 2021. While Matt Patricia has had a shaky season as well, his play calling has been improving every week.

Something that has fell under the radar is the emergence of Jakobi Meyers. Entering this season it looked like the Patriots were lacking a number one receiver, but Meyers has stepped up. Meyers has 415 yards so far into the early season, and he even has three touchdown receptions. Meyers’ game has improved in many facets, and building chemistry with Mac is extremely important. Getting Kendrick Bourne more integrated into the offense, and utilizing Tyquan Thornton’s speed should be a priority. This Patriots team has a lot of depth at receiver, and they can certainly be a very good group if they gel with Mac.

If New England has a bad second half, and Mac still looks like he regressed, that’s when New England can start evaluating their future. For now, the Patriots have a few winnable games ahead of them, and it’s important that they can make a playoff push.

 

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