Mac Jones helped lead the Patriots to a sixth straight win Sunday, throwing for a new career-high 310 yards on 23-of-32 passing with two touchdowns, no picks and a 123.2 passer rating in a 36-13 victory over the Titans.
It was the latest installment in what has been a very impressive rookie season, as Jones has helped guide the 8-4 Patriots up to second place in the AFC, just a half game back of the conference-leading Ravens.
Making his weekly appearance on The Greg Hill Show, CBS analyst and WFAN host Boomer Esiason said that what Jones is doing as a rookie is “ridiculous” and compared it to Dan Marino, who went 7-2 as a rookie in 1983 after taking over as the Dolphins’ starter.
“It’s ridiculous,” Esiason said. “My rookie year, I had no idea what I was doing. I really didn’t. When you hear guys like Sam Darnold say that he saw ghosts, I know exactly what he meant when he said that when he was playing against the Patriots. Sometimes as a rookie, you feel like there’s 15 guys on the field, and you can’t believe how fast people are and how things are moving.
“Probably the hardest thing is that every single week, he has to go against another defense. That’s the hardest thing for quarterbacks to get used to, because it’s never the same. … These kids don’t see those [different defenses] in college. That’s one of the reasons they have such a hard time adjusting early on in their career. I watch… Daniel Jones is still struggling here as the quarterback of the Giants. Zach Wilson looked awful yesterday even though [the Jets] won. There are so many guys all across the landscape of the NFL that have just never really had it register with them what’s going on around them.
“Mac is way ahead of all of those guys. I mean, he’s like in the land of Dan Marino right now when you think about Dan Marino’s rookie year, when he took over. He’s Justin Herbert rarified air, Joe Burrow before he got hurt. These are the numbers he’s putting up, and what’s scary on top of all of that is that his team is not losing. Those guys, with the exception of Marino, had losing teams.”
Esiason said he sees no sign of a “rookie wall” for Jones and that he instead sees Jones continually getting better, doing more and increasingly being one of the main reasons the Patriots keep winning.
“I would say that [the Patriots] are winning in large part because of his performance, especially as the season has moved on,” Esiason said. “You would think by now there would be some sort of mental fatigue that is taking over, and I don’t see any of that. I see more and more being offered to him in their game plans. He’s throwing down the field more. He’s getting more comfortable. He’s got a long way to go, but up to this point he is clearly the Offensive Rookie of the Year in the NFL.”
Listen to the full interview with Esiason below:
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