Of the five quarterbacks selected in the first round of this year's NFL Draft, Mac Jones has undoubtedly made the best first impression. In two games with the New England Patriots, he's thrown for 467 yards, recorded a 73.9 completion percentage, and yet to commit a turnover.
Should Jones have been the fifth quarterback drafted in April? That debate lingers on. But NBC Sports NFL columnist Peter King believes New England made a wise decision drafting Jones at No. 15, and starting him immediately.
"You have to think he was so impressive in the offseason and summer, that Belichick and McDaniels looked at each other and basically said, 'We're fine and willing to cast our lot with an unproven quarterback in a year that we have an opportunity to make the playoffs," King told the Tiki and Tierney show on Tuesday. "And I think they were right. I think they made the right call.
"Of all the quarterbacks this year, and that includes Trevor Lawrence, I'd make the point that Mac Jones is probably most ready to play in the NFL, because of the offense he comes from and his intelligence, preparedness at Alabama. Will he turn out to be a real good pro? I don't know. But I think he really has the wherewithal and training to play early on in the NFL."
On Sunday, Jones completed 22 of 30 passes for 186 yards in the Patriots' 25-6 road win over the New York Jets. He was far more active in his pro debut against the Miami Dolphins in Week 1, as he went 29 for 39 with 281 yards and a touchdown. Jones also set a record for the highest completion percentage of any rookie making his first NFL start (74.4-percent).
Jones has played a safe brand of football, and this isn't by accident. So far, the Patriots' offensive scheme can best be described as conservative, as they're heavily relying on a short passing attack and holding off on throws downfield. According to Next Gen Stats, Jones is averaging just 5.6 air yards per attempt -- the fifth-lowest mark in the league -- and has only 15 attempts on throws with 10-plus air yards. Cause for concern? Only time will tell.
New England (1-1) will host the New Orleans Saints (1-1) in a Week 3 matchup on Sunday, Sept. 26. According to FiveThirtyEight's projections, the Patriots currently have a 46-percent chance to reach the playoffs and a 21-percent chance to win the AFC East.
The entire NFL conversation between King and Tiki and Tierney can be accessed in the audio player above.