Patriots’ Mac Jones joins Andrew Luck, Dak Prescott in NFL history books
New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones has gotten off to a solid start to his career. He has enormous shoes to fill as the (hopeful) franchise quarterback of the Patriots but so far, the rookie out of Alabama has done an admirable job. In one context, the start of his career has been historic.
According to NFL Research, Jones joined a pair of Pro Bowl quarterbacks in the NFL record books after the Patriots defeated the Carolina Panthers by a score of 24-6. He became the third quarterback since the NFL-AFL merger to win at least five games, throw 10 touchdowns and record at least 2,000 yards through the air in his first nine games, joining Andrew Luck and Dak Prescott.
Patriots QB Mac Jones joins Andrew Luck (2012) and Dak Prescott (2016) as the only rookies since the merger to have 5+ wins, 10+ pass TD and 2,000+ pass yds in their first 9 career games
— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) November 7, 2021
Jones has thrown for 2,135 yards this season, as well as 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He came into today ranked 15th in passing yards per game. Behind Jones and running back Damien Harris, the Patriots rank 11th in points per game so far.
Today was not all good for Jones, though, as he committed a dirty play against the Panthers’ Brian Burns, which led to Burns taking a trip to the medical tent. The Carolina edge rusher eventually returned to play. Jones was not flagged on the play and was not asked about it after the game.
New England is 5-4 after today’s victory, their third straight. The Patriots’ next game is on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.