While Mac Jones and the Patriots are 1-2 and the rookie quarterback has only thrown two touchdown passes, former NFL quarterback Drew Brees likes what he's seen.
The current NBC analyst continues to rave about Jones, even following throwing three interceptions against the Saints.
"I’ve been really impressed with him," Brees said on a NBC conference call this week. "I’ll take this last game specifically because I had a chance to watch it pretty closely. I felt like the Saints’ defense, especially the defensive line, really got after New England up front, both with the four-man rush and with their pressure packages. But I felt like Mac Jones showed a level of poise and maturity that is beyond his years. Man, he stood in there. He took a lot of hits. He stood in there with confidence to deliver the ball down the field.
"It was unfortunate, because I didn’t think many guys were getting separation for him, but I think what I see is a guy who’s got pretty good command of that offense. He doesn’t look like he’s ever rattled. He looks like he is in a position where he’s playing with confidence. I think he’s only going to get better as the season goes along and he continues to develop a rapport with the skill position players and obviously as they continue to come together as a team.
"I’ve been really impressed with what I’ve seen from him thus far."
Cris Collinsworth likes what he's seen as well, noting how the Patriots offense looks like the Patriots offense with Tom Brady.
"I think for all of us that have watched Brady play the game with New England and Josh McDaniels’ offense for all those years, it’s amazing how much — and I’m not comparing him to Tom Brady so don’t get me in trouble with something that only I can say — but it feels like their offense again," he said. "Okay, they did a certain thing with Cam and they did different things, but now you sort of feel that offense coming back. I think it’s going to be really interesting to watch, not just how he grows, but how that offense grows with all those new parts in there now with all the free agents and all the different guys and how long it takes to start to really feel that way again or if it ever does. We’ll find out. This will be a good place to start."
Jones will take on Brady and the Bucs Sunday night.