Mac Jones Aug 19, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) drops back to pass against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots Mac Jones, received a high compliment from Monday Night Football analyst and Hall of Fame quarterback, Troy Aikman.

Aikman told ESPN that Jones “is a lot like” Tom Brady in that the second-year quarterback “possesses everything you need to win in the NFL.”

“I like Mac Jones; I really do. I think he possesses everything you need to win in the NFL. He’s a lot like Tom [Brady] that way, which has not been a surprise as to why he ended up in New England,” Aikman said.

Jones threw for almost 4,000 yards and 22 touchdowns last season, and he was the only rookie quarterback out of his class to make the playoffs.

Aikman says Jones may have been put in a tough position this season, with Josh McDaniels leaving the Patriots’ offensive coordinator position to become head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders.

“It seemed like him and Josh had a really great relationship. And that becomes hard because there’s so much that happens within a game, within a practice; there’s frustration, the quarterback’s taking the heat, they’re not doing this — to have a guy you can really confide in, there’s so much to that relationship that doesn’t show up on a stat sheet or even on game day. That’s going to be a hard position to fill, and a hard position for Mac to get comfortable.”

Jones and the New England offense struggled in training camp and the preseason, but we’ll soon find out if they’re able to repeat last year’s success in the real games.


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