Many people are looking forward to this upcoming season to see how rookie QB Mac Jones develops. All things considered, Jones is definitely off to a great start. Many of his teammates have noticed Mac Jones’ loss in weight and he seems to be moving more nimble than last year. His close friend, WR Kendrick Bourne, speaks highly of his transformation in the first couple of days of OTA
“He’s in the best shape of his life,” receiver Kendrick Bourne said Monday. “He looks really good. His stomach is gone.
“When you’re a rookie, you just don’t know it until you go through it for a year. So he’s definitely a lot more in shape than he ever was, just dominating in conditioning. It’s dope to see.”
Last season, with the New England Patriots, he was taken in the 2021 15th overall draft pick from Alabama University. He managed to start every game of his rookie season and he plans to follow that sentiment going into 2022. Jones began trying to clean up his diet and changing his regiment. A lot like former Patriot QB Tom Brady did years ago to extend his career several years.
“I just cleaned up my diet,” reported Mike Reiss for ESPN. “I’ve learned more this offseason than I probably ever have about nutrition, sleep, wellness, all that stuff.
“At the same time, I need to be able to maintain my weight and be able to take hits. There’s a fine balance for every player. I’ve definitely trimmed down on the body fat, and I’ll get a chance to bulk up before the season starts and be able to absorb hits.”
Mac Jones Expectations for 2022
He’s preparing mentally for this upcoming season without having one of the best OCs in the NFL, Josh McDaniels. He departed to become the HC of the Las Vegas Raiders. It seems going forward, Patriots HC Bill Belichick will take the reigns or be involved more heavily than he once was. Potentially, former HC of the New York Giants Joe Judge will primarily train with the QBs and play heavily in the offense, as well.
“It’s not my decision to make and we have plenty of time for all that. So right now, it’s about the guys and I getting on the same page,” Jones said. “It always goes back to the players, and we’re excited to grow together and learn from whoever is coaching us.”
“Obviously he’s a great defensive mind, but he also has great offensive knowledge,” Jones continued.
All this to say, Jones may have a bit of adjusting to do throughout the offense. He transformed his body to be able to do that. While running isn’t Jones’s strong suit, it’s a possibility that Jones may be asked to take off a few plays a game to help diversify the Patriots’ offense.
Only time will tell what’s in store for the New England Patriots’ Mac Jones and his stats this season.