Given the sustained success the New England Patriots have enjoyed over the last two decades, their fans aren’t the easiest to satisfy.
However, the front office’s exceptional showing in the 2021 Draft should leave them feeling nothing but optimistic.
The highlight of the incoming class is clearly Mac Jones, who was taken with the No. 15 overall selection and will hopefully become the Patriots’ quarterback of the future.
While it remains to be seen when the Alabama star will be named the full-time starter, what we can tell you is that he has a tremendous head on his shoulders and will welcome the idea of being Cam Newton’s backup, or even the third string quarterback as a rookie, with open arms.
Why do we say this?
Well, in one of his first tweets since being drafted, Jones shared a photo of him in his new home, Gillette Stadium, alongside some of the organization’s foremost figures, including owner Robert Kraft.
The hashtag? Work.
Patriots fans will love Mac Jones’ first tweet in Gillette Stadium.
It might not seem like much, but that tweet proves that Jones has the right attitude and is excited to get to work with his new Patriots teammates.
The pre-draft buzz indicated that Jones was a lock to be selected by the 49ers, who moved up nine spots to the third overall pick a little over a month before the draft. Not only did they choose Trey Lance over him, but Jones was also forced to watch Justin Fields, who went No. 11 overall to Chicago, come off the board before him as well.
That would be enough to knock anyone’s confidence, even an in-demand QB prospect. However, Jones received a huge consolation prize when the Patriots called his number. After all, they were apparently the team he wanted to end up with all along.
What makes us say that? Well, during their emotional encounter after the pick was announced, Jones appeared to whisper to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell that New England was his preferred landing spot and implored him not to reveal his big secret.
We’re no masters in the lip-reading department, but it sure looked like Jones, despite falling later in the draft than he anticipated, was ecstatic to be scooped up by the Patriots.
You certainly can’t blame him, either. Not only is Bill Belichick fond of players who reign from Alabama’s prestigious program, but the 22-year-old quarterback joining arguably the most balanced Patriots roster in several seasons as far as individual talent is concerned.
Now that Jones has officially touched down in Foxborough, next up on the offseason agenda for the rookie is taking his first practice reps as a member of the Patriots at rookie minicamp, which is slated to get underway in just a few weeks.