The New England Patriots can feel good about Mac Jones’ first ever NFL game. While the first-round rookie was not spectacular against the Washington Football Team, he did have some good throws and looked comfortable running the team’s offense.
In fact, he ended the first week of preseason as the best performer among the five first-round rookie quarterbacks — at least according to Pro Football Focus. The five QBs posted the following numbers, with their PFF grades also added:
1-15 Mac Jones, New England Patriots: 13-for-19, 87 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT; 1 carry, 1 yard; 1 sack; 82.0 PFF grade
1-2 Zach Wilson, New York Jets: 6-for-9, 63 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT; 78.8 PFF grade
1-11 Justin Fields, Chicago Bears: 14-for-20, 142 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT; 5 carries, 33 yards, 1 TD; 1 fumble; 64.2 PFF grade
1-1 Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars: 6-for-9, 71 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT; 2 sacks; 1 fumble; 58.5 PFF grade
1-3 Trey Lance, San Francisco 49ers: 5-for-14, 128 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT; 4 sacks; 1 fumble; 49.0 PFF grade
While Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson both started their games against the Cleveland Browns and New York Giants, respectively, the other three first-round rookie passers entered the game later. Add the fact that preseason football is no sure-fire indicator for regular season success, and you can see that all of those numbers — including PFF’s grades — should be taken with a grain of salt.
Still, fans will still feel good about Jones being ranked this highly among his peers. And if there is one thing Patriot Nation needs after the team’s disappointing 2020 season, it is something to feel good about.