New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones had a solid, but not spectacular, preseason debut in Thursday’s 22-13 win over the Washington Football Team, and it’s creating buzz that he might be on course to unseat Cam Newton as the starter.
Jones was 13-of-19 passing for 87 yards, yet could’ve been better had Patriots wide receiver Kristian Wilkerson been able to haul in a downfield throw in the end zone. Meanwhile, Newton was decent in limited action, completing four of seven throws for 49 yards.
While many of the Alabama first-round pick’s preseason throws were of the dink-and-dunk variety, exhibition games are always a little tricky to gauge. What was apparent was that Jones looked poised, and it appeared the game wasn’t too big for him.
According to Pro Football Network insider Adam H. Beasley, this aligned with the positive signs the Patriots have seen from Jones in training camp practices leading into Thursday’s preseason opener.
“From what we hear, Jones, who did his work against Washington’s backups and was not made available to reporters after the game, has been excellent in practice,” Beasley reported. “If he continues performing at this level in preseason games, the Patriots might have to move their timeline up for his regular-season debut.”