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‘Mac Jones Can’t Throw Deep’?

Posted on | November 27, 2021 | Comments Off on ‘Mac Jones Can’t Throw Deep’?

Fox Sports host Colin Cowherd posted a video rebutting the frequently heard criticism that Mac Jones lacks arm strength. Because of NFL policy, I can’t embed that video here, but you can click the link and watch five minutes of Jones’s NFL highlights so far his rookie year. What infuriates me about this “weak arm” nonsense is that, as an Alabama fan, I watched Mac Jone repeatedly hit long passes on the way to an undefeated season and the national championship. Watch the highlights from the SEC title game against Florida:


Jones completed 33 of 43 passes (76.7%) for 418 yards and five touchdowns in that game. Watch his 31-yard touchdown pass to Devonta Smith here and tell me Jones has a “weak arm” — it’s absurd. If you’re not yet convinced, watch these highlights of Mac Jones in the national championship game against Ohio State:


Mack Jones completed 36 of 45 passes (80%) for 464 yards and five touchdowns against Ohio State. Can Mac throw deep? Watch this pass from his own 25 where he hits Devonta Smith at the Ohio State 47.

Now that the Patriots are 7-4, riding a five-game winning streak — with Mac Jones far and away this year’s best rookie quarterback in the NFL — he is under a microscope of media attention. Much of the credit for New England’s turnaround after a 2-4 start goes to the Patriots’ defense, and there are still analysts who express doubt whether Jones has what it takes to be a truly great pro quarterback. He will have the opportunity to silence those critics during the next four games, when the Patriots play the 8-3 Tennessee Titans on Sunday, followed by a Dec. 6 Monday night road game against the 7-4 Buffalo Bills, followed by a bye week before a Dec. 18 game at the 6-5 Indianapolis Colts, and then a Dec. 26 home game with Buffalo. It is entirely possible that the Patriots could win all four of those games, and Mac Jones will have plenty of chances to prove his critics wrong. Make it happen, Mac. Roll Tide!



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