Mac Jones has impressed pretty much everyone that’s witnessed what the rookie quarterback has done this season in New England.
The No. 15 overall pick won the starting job in a training camp competition with Cam Newton.
He’s led the Patriots to an 8-4 record and first place in the AFC East.
He’s suddenly a perceived frontrunner for the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year Award, a darling of media and fans alike.
All of his success on the field has been evident for the football world to see.
But is there anything that his teammates might see from their now entrenched leader that the rest of us on the outside might miss?
Tight end Hunter Henry, the recipient of seven of Jones’ touchdown passes this season, was asked that very question during a Wednesday press conference at Gillette Stadium and his answer was interesting.
“I don’t think he’s ever satisfied with how he is,” Henry said. “That’s one big thing. Like he continues to…he’s playing really, really well. And you know he’s continuing to go out there and play really well but he’s not satisfied with that. He continues to take a step each week, turn the page each week. Especially as a young guy I think, especially with the long season, it can be hard to see that. But he does a great job turning the page and attacking each week and expecting more out of himself even after a good game.”
With that in mind, Jones will face a new, unique test this week as he turns the page to a Monday night trip to Buffalo to face a talented Bills defense in a hostile environment. Might teammate Devin McCourty, a veteran of plenty of trips to Buffalo over the last decade, have some advice to share with his rookie QB ahead of such a challenge?
“Mac, have fun being Mac,” McCourty said simply with a chuckle. “I don’t think there is anything I can tell Mac about playing quarterback just like I don’t think there is anything Mac can tell me about playing safety. Like I’ve said all year, the kid’s had a lot of fun playing and I think he’ll keep doing that. The bigger the games get no need for guys like me to be in his ear telling him anything extra. He’ll be fine. He’s our guy now. And we trust that he’ll go out there and do what he needs to do.”
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