Appearing on SiriusXM NFL Radio earlier this week, Packers great Brett Favre compared Mac Jones to a young Tom Brady, going as far as to call the rookie a “carbon copy” of his Patriots predecessor.
“The way he plays, being ready to play instantly and not making mistakes. Really sort of a young carbon copy of Tom Brady,” said Favre during his weekly appearance on The SiriusXM Blitz with Bruce Murray. “And it’s obviously way premature to say he is the next Tom Brady, but he plays a lot like him. He’s an intellectual player, is not going to beat you with his feet, but his mind and his arm and his pocket presence. He has all those tools.”
Jones, the fifth quarterback selected in April’s NFL Draft after Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, Trey Lance and Justin Fields, has been an immediate difference-maker, submitting a dominant 106.5 passer rating with nine touchdowns and only two interceptions over New England’s current six-game winning streak. Seen as a shoo-in for Offensive Rookie of the Year, Jones enjoyed a career-best performance Sunday against Tennessee, completing 23-of-32 passes (71.9 completion percentage) for 310 yards and two touchdowns, both to Kendrick Bourne.
Coming out of Alabama (where he was coached by Bill Belichick’s close friend and former defensive coordinator Nick Saban), Jones faced questions about his athleticism, a shortcoming also shared by Brady, who fell to the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft for that very reason. But, similar to Brady, Jones has overcome his athletic deficiencies with rare poise and a mastery of Josh McDaniels’ offensive scheme, quickly emerging as one of the most accurate passers in the sport (he ranks third in completion percentage behind only Kyler Murray and Tua Tagovailoa).
Jones’ quiet confidence and attention to detail have obviously resonated with Favre, who suspects he’ll be a star in this league for years to come. “It’s premature to crown anyone, a team or player at this point in the season, but I mean obviously coach Belichick, Josh McDaniels and the organization chose Mac Jones for a reason,” said Favre, whose 508 career touchdowns rank as the fourth-most in NFL history. “And the team, quite frankly, in all phases is playing exceptionally well and we know they’re well coached, but a lot can happen between now and the end of the year.”
Jones will face perhaps his toughest test yet Sunday when the Patriots visit division-rival Buffalo in a game with heavy playoff implications.