Listen: Senior Bowl director ‘tired of hearing’ portions of Mac Jones media coverage

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Jim Nagy is the executive director of the Reese’s Senior Bowl.

He’s a former longtime NFL scout, whose career included time under Bill Belichick in New England in the early 2000s.

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Nagy is also a big fan of Mac Jones. He thought Jones was the perfect fit for the Patriots when the team was looking to draft a franchise quarterback last spring and Nagy has seen his prediction come true this fall as the No. 15 overall pick has been the best rookie QB in the NFL while leading New England to a 6-4 mark with a four-game winning streak.

“I’m seeing a really comfortable player,” Nagy said of Jones Wednesday on Mut at Night on WEEI. “It doesn’t look like a normal rookie. It doesn’t take a veteran scout to see that. I know all the listeners see it too. There’s just a poise and a calm about him. It’s never looked too big for him. He’s never looked rattled. They got off record-wise to not a great start, now they’re coming back from that. He’s got the belief of the team.”

While Jones was considered maybe the most “NFL-ready” of the draft prospects last spring, Nagy still sees plenty of room for growth for the young quarterback, even if he’s not the type of athlete that so many seem to lust for in modern football. Nagy also declared that none of the other rookie passers would be doing as well or better than Jones if they had landed in New England instead, admitting it’s a “great fit” in Foxborough.

“I think there is plenty of upside,” Nagy said. “The game is moving so slow for him right now and it’s only going to keep getting slower. What he’s doing as a rookie right now, you can’t [oversell] what he’s doing. I think nationally I think a lot of people are making excuses and saying that Mac went to the right system. They are basically making excuses for the success he’s having and I’m tired of hearing it. Let’s give the kid some credit for how he’s playing.

“It’s like make excuses for Mac and doing well and we make excuses for the other quarterbacks that it’s all on the people around them’s fault. It’s just funny how Mac is being covered.”

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