Bill Belichick

Entering the season, New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones was the team’s clear-cut starting quarterback after leading the team to 10 wins and a playoff appearance during his rookie season last year. However, after Jones struggled to start the season and backup quarterback Bailey Zappe led the team to back-t0-back wins, not even Bill Belichick would publicly commit to Jones remaining the team’s starter. But it looks like Jones is still QB1 in New England.

According to NFL insider Jeff Howe of The Athletic, there is “no QB controversy in New England.”

“There is no QB controversy in New England. When Mac Jones is healthy enough to return to play, he’ll be the starter, per sources,” Howe said in a Tweet on Thursday morning.

The news is a little surprising, especially considering reports that the relationship between the Patriots and Jones had “gone sideways” recently and with former New England legend Julian Edelman suggesting that Zappe should remain the starter. As a result, the NFL world had plenty to say about the report on Twitter.

So far this season, Jones is 1-1 as a starter, throwing for 786 yards and completing 66 percent of his passes. However, Jones also has five interceptions on the season compared to just two touchdowns.

[Jeff Howe]