Numbers slot Mac Jones as clearly NFL’s best rookie QB

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Six weeks of NFL action are in the books and some statistical trends are starting to take hold across the league. As such, WEEI.com will check in each week through the remainder of the season to see how the Patriots (2-4) are doing statistically in a variety of areas, both on a team level and as individuals.

Pats stats analysis: Mac Jones’ completion percentage is 71.1 percent, jumping him to 4th in the NFL at this point. … Jones leads all rookie starting QBs in virtually every statistic. His 89.6 passer rating ranks 20th in the league, while the other four rookie starting QBs rank 29th-32nd in the metric. … With his 101 yards against Dallas, Damien Harris ran up the rushing rankings from 27th to 19th. … An All-Pro a year ago, punter Jake Bailey continues to have his struggles in 2021. While his gross average is a respectable 8th in the league, his net is an unimpressive 26th and he had his second punt of the season blocked in Sunday’s loss to the Cowboys. … As a team the one area where New England continues to truly excel is red zone defense. Two takeaways on the goal line against Dallas helped the Patriots improve to 5th in the NFL in red zone D.

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Scoring
Points Scored (NFL rank) 20.8 (24th)
Points Allowed 21.2 (t-9th)
Point Differential minus-2 (t-18th)

Offense
Total Offense 322.3 (26th)
Rush Offense 86.7 (27th)
Pass Offense 235.7 (19th)
Third Down 42.1% (12th)
Red Zone 44.4% (30th)

Defense
Total Defense 359.2 (17th)
Rush Defense 112.8 (17th)
Pass Defense 246.3 (16th)
Third Down 39.8% (14th)
Red Zone 47.4% (t-5th)

Turnover Differential minus-3 (t-23rd)

Mac Jones
Attempts 211 (12th)
Completions 150 (8th)
Passing Yards 1,472 (20th)
Completion Percentage 71.1 (4th)
Touchdowns 7 (t-20th)
Interceptions 6 (t-25th)
Rating 89.6 (20th)

Damien Harris
Rushing attempts 81 (12th)
Rushing Yards 331 (19th)
Avg. 4.1 (32nd)
Rush TD 3 (t-14th)
First downs 19 (t-49th)

Jakobi Meyers
Receptions 36 (12th)
Rec. Yards 346 (35th)
Avg. 9.6 (103rd)

Jake Bailey
Net Punting Avg. 38.2 (26th)
Gross Punting Avg. 48.0 (8th)
Kickoff Touchbacks 16 (t-15th)

Interceptions
J.C. Jackson 2 (t-7th)
Kyle Dugger 1 (t-29th)
Jonathan Jones 1 (t-29th)
Devin McCourty  1 (t-29th)
Adrian Phillips 1 (t-29th)

Sacks
Matt Judon 6.5 (t-3rd)
Josh Uche 3 (t-26th)

Gunner Olszewski
Punt return Avg. 10.3 (4th)

Nick Folk
Points, kicker 51 (t-6th)

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