We decide a whole lot of issues primarily based on measurement: Texas BBQ, tv screens, individuals’s properties, yadda yadda yadda. NFL quarterbacks aren’t any exception. Every thing about them will get judged primarily based on their measurement. Not even Joe Burrow’s hands had been exempt from the cruel eye of NFL media. As OTA’s have kicked off throughout the league, New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones is the newest rookie to obtain some harsh phrases from reporters.
So he seems small and his arm doesn’t look like “reside” (which means “sturdy”). I’ve been a vocal critic of Jones for the reason that begin of the latest school soccer season, however these criticisms he’s receiving now have me asking, “So what?”
Of all the pieces Mac Jones brings to the desk as an NFL prospect, a scarcity of measurement is what I’m least involved about. Jones is listed as 6-foot-3, 217 kilos — just about on par with Lamar Jackson’s 6-foot-2, 212 and Deshaun Watson’s 6-foot-2, 220. In fact, Jones goes to look small compared to the Pats’ different QB, Cam Newton (’memba him?). Newton is just about a Grecian god. As for Jarrett Stidham (their different, different QB), I discover it arduous to imagine that Jones seems that a lot smaller as a result of they’re the identical construct, minus one pound! (Stidham is listed at 6-foot-3, 216). Perhaps Stidham seems bulkier, however bulking up is one thing that Jones can simply work on previous to the beginning of the season.
With the success of men like Russell Wilson (5-foot-11), Kyler Murray (5-foot-10), and Drew Brees (6-foot), I’m surprised that Jones’s top is even introduced into query. The three aforementioned quarterbacks have by no means had issues discovering receivers or seeing over their offensive strains.
Jones isn’t even the smallest first-round quarterback of the 2021 draft class. New York Jets rookie Zach Wilson is listed at 6-foot-3, 203 kilos. Why is he not receiving these remarks? Is it as a result of Wilson is extra cell than Jones? He is perhaps smaller, however he can run round and keep away from tacklers higher? That’s the one purpose I can consider. However Drew Brees might barely run at any level in his profession, and up till the top of it, he was a reasonably dang good quarterback, no?
As for Jones’ arm, that’s a authentic concern. Nevertheless, simply remember the fact that OTAs had been Jones’ first motion in a Patriots uniform, and we’re nonetheless three and a half months away from Week 1 of the NFL season. I perceive that Jones’ arm power was a priority in school, however judging Jones off of his first three days at apply could be very dangerous enterprise, particularly after Jones threw three stunning passes within the 7-on-7’s.
Understand that Peyton Manning’s greatest con popping out of Tennessee (and all through his profession) was his “weak” arm. Nevertheless, it didn’t matter. So long as Jones can learn a protection, keep within the pocket, and make correct throws, he’ll be simply effective. In any case, he’s studying from probably the greatest coaches within the enterprise — somebody who’s succeeded with an motionless, however very correct quarterback earlier than. I’m not saying Jones is Tom Brady. He’s not, however there’s a purpose the Patriots had been praised for drafting Jones at 15 — he suits Belichick’s system, even when he’s one inch shorter than Brady.