Matt Cassel places Mac Jones near bottom of QB rankings heading into 2023
New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones will be entering a pivotal third season in 2023.
It’s especially pivotal if he hopes to win over those skeptical of his abilities in the NFL, including former Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel. In his early quarterback rankings for The 33rd Team, Cassel put together a list that placed Jones 25th of 32 quarterbacks in the league.
Jones struggled last season offensively, as did the entire unit. He threw for 2,997 yards, 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He performed better as the season went on, but injuries and inconsistent play plagued him.
Cassel had Jones near the bottom of his list, along with the Cleveland Browns’ Jacoby Brissett, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Kenny Pickett, the Los Angeles Rams’ Baker Mayfield and the Houston Texans’ Davis Mills.
It’s safe to say Jones has a lot of question marks with his game, as Cassel wrote:
There were a lot of ups and downs for Mac Jones this past season. I’m still unsure of what type of quarterback he can be. But we will certainly find out with new offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien returning to the New England Patriots this season.
There is a lot of intrigue surrounding how Jones will play in his third pro season. The signal-caller will have to take a big step to change the narrative and put the Patriots back into contention.
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