NFL: Predicting the week one starting quarterback for all 32 teams

NFL QB Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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NFL, Mac Jones, New England Patriots
NFL QB Mac Jones #10 of the New England Patriots (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images) /

New England Patriots: Mac Jones

The New England Patriots replaced Tom Brady much faster than anyone anticipated. Now, Mac Jones is far from Brady and he has a lot more to accomplish, a lot more, before he’s even close to the same conversation. However, New England seems to have their answer at quarterback once again after just one year of wondering through quarterback purgatory.

Jones had arguably the best season by a rookie quarterback in 2021. The production was enough to be named to the Pro Bowl. He didn’t necessarily win games for New England, throwing only 22 touchdowns, but he didn’t lose them either and led them to a 10-win season.

We’ll see how Jones develops over time, but the small sample size is a good sign. It’s obvious he processes the game well and has a high football IQ. The stats will come in time, but what he’s doing now is all New England needs from him at the moment. He manages the game and makes plays when needed, but isn’t forcing things. That’s a solid sign of maturity from a rookie quarterback.

If his progression continues, he should work well in the Patriots’ system. It’ll be curious to see what happens without Josh McDaniels there, but I’m sure Bill Belichick will find a worthy suitor to fill the role.