Patriots QB Mac Jones 'comfortable in the NFL,' New England WR Kendrick Bourne says -

Patriots QB Mac Jones ‘comfortable in the NFL,’ New England WR Kendrick Bourne says

Mac Jones handled life as a rookie quarterback in the NFL quite nicely, leading the New England Patriots back to the playoffs for the first time since legendary quarterback Tom Brady departed for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the 2019 season. The next challenge for Jones will be operating under a new system this year now that offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels — now the head coach for the Las Vegas Raiders — is no longer calling the plays.

Patriots receiver Kendrick Bourne was asked about the new offense over the weekend at a charity event in Massachusetts. The veteran said that despite the changes, he has no concerns with Jones’ ability to grasp the different concepts.

“I mean, we do have a new system, but (Jones is) just comfortable in the NFL,” Bourne told at an event for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Massachusetts.

Jones, the No. 15 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft out of Alabama, has inspired full confidence from Bourne, who set career-highs last season with 55 catches for 800 yards and five touchdowns.

“New words, new terminology. That’s the biggest thing,” Bourne said. “Football is football; I say it all the time. It’s lines on the paper, and you follow the lines, but at the end of the day, you’ve got to be a football player, and you have to sometimes adjust.”

Jones was the fifth quarterback selected in last year’s draft, but the only one to get their team to the playoffs. The Patriots were 10-7 in the regular season, just one game behind the AFC East champion Buffalo Bills.

He finished his rookie season completing 67.6% of his attempts for 3,801 yards with 22 touchdowns to 13 interceptions. In New England’s Wild-Card playoff loss to Buffalo, Jones was 24-of-38 for 232 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Jones touched on life without McDaniels during Patriots OTAs last month.

“Yeah, I think every season in football is a new season and people come and go, you get opportunities, players, coaches, support staff, so it comes with the business, and I was fortunate to have a lot of different coordinators throughout my college time kind of running a similar system,” Jones said.

“I just learned from that and take the good from people that gave me the good, take that with me and then just move on and try and grow with the new set of coaches we have. We have a great group of players and coaches and like I said it comes with the territory playing the sport and I’m happy for Josh and his family, and we’re excited to open up the next chapter.”

In Jones’ only full season as the Alabama starting quarterback in 2020, he completed an FBS-record 77.4% of his passes for 4,500 yards with 41 touchdowns to four interceptions in 13 games. He helped Nick Saban to his sixth national championship at Alabama.

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Before signing with Alabama in 2017, Jones was a three-star recruit according to the 247Sports Composite. The Jacksonville (Fla.) The Bolles School product was the nation’s No. 18-ranked pro-style quarterback and the No. 52-ranked player regardless of position from the state of Florida.

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