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Patriots display proof of progress without legend Tom Brady

Bill Belichick, Mac Jones, New England Patriots, Tom Brady

The New England Patriots seem to be just fine without legendary quarterback Tom Brady. After Brady’s departure, most of the NFL world believed that the Patriots would have a hard time getting back to the elite level they once were at. Yet in the Mac Jones – Bill Belichick era, the two have utilized all weapons possible to garner a formidable team. Additionally, New England currently has the highest point differential in the NFL at +123, per Ben Volin of the Boston Globe:

Mac Jones has been quite a pleasant surprise for the Patriots. The 15th overall pick in the 2021 draft has exceeded expectations, and is in serious contention for Offensive Rookie of the Year. The Alabama product has passed for 2540 yards and 14 touchdowns so far, while aiding New England to a 7-4 record. This puts the team at the top of the AFC East, ahead of teams like the Buffalo Bills.

After a decent 7-9 record last year without Brady, the Patriots have displayed more proof of progress without one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. New England took one year to rebuild a roster that was suitable for playoff contention under a rookie quarterback, by bringing in players such as Hunter Henry or Kendrick Bourne. Bourne leads the Patriots in receiving yards with 562.

Through great coaching, signing players who fit well into the New England Patriot’s system, and perseverance, the era without Tom Brady seems to be bright.