It is inevitable that Mac Jones will face comparisons to the man he replaced in Tom Brady, even if the seven-time champion is an impossible standard to live up to for the second-year quarterback.
But Hall of Fame quarterback and Monday Night Football color commentator Troy Aikman thinks the young Jones has a little bit of Brady in his game.
“I like Mac Jones; I really do,” he told ESPN’s Mike Reiss. “I think he possesses everything you need to win in the NFL. He’s a lot like Tom [Brady] that way, which has not been a surprise as to why he ended up in New England.”
As a rookie, Jones threw for 3,801 yards, 22 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions as a rookie, completing 67.6 percent of his passes. The Patriots went 10-7 with him as starter, reaching the playoffs, and Jones was named a Pro Bowler.
The Patriots made a ton of changes to their offensive coaching staff and have hope that Jones could take that next step forward in his development. Nobody expects him to be Brady, just be a solid starter so the team can get back to what they once was.
Will it ever be that good again? Who knows.