Bill Belichick Says Pats’ QB Mac Jones Made “Tremendous Strides” Ahead of 2022 Season

Mac Jones with Alabama in 2019
Mac Jones with Alabama in 2019. Photo by Kevin Langley/CSM/Shutterstock (10477103x)

The New England Patriots seem pleased with the progress their young quarterback Mac Jones has made since wrapping up his rookie campaign. According to Pats head coach Bill Belichick, Jones “made tremendous strides” ahead of the 2022 NFL season.

Belichick dished about Jones during a chat with reporters on Tuesday. 

“He did a great job last year, but he’s starting from a much, much higher point this year from where he started last year,” said Belichick ahead of New England’s training camp start. “His offseason work has been significant, and I think everyone recognizes how well he prepares and how much further along he was than a year ago.”

Jones made an extra effort throughout the offseason to enter his sophomore year in the league more prepared. This included attending voluntary workouts, meeting up with his wide receivers, and reporting to training camp several days earlier to get a head start.

The Alabama product, who was selected No. 15 in 2021, started all 17 games for the Pats last year. He finished the regular season with 3,801 yards, 22 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions while leading the Pats to second place in AFC East and a playoff appearance. New England went on to lose 47-17 to Buffalo Bills in the NFL Wild Card Round.