Former rival executive thinks Mac Jones could be in an MVP conversation


“They’re going to go to the playoffs and they’re going to exceed expectations.”

On Friday, Mac Jones took the first game snaps of his second season in the NFL. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

A rival former Patriots manager is a big fan of Mac Jones.

Mike Tannenbaum, who once worked as a senior manager for the Jets and Dolphins, said on ESPN’s “Get Up” that Jones has the best chance of being in the MVP conversation of any quarterback selected in the draft class. of the NFL 2021.

“He had a great year last year,” Tannenbaum said. “He faced Tom Brady, took his team to the playoffs. He played well in the playoff game.

“They have a great offensive line, two very good running backs, two great tight ends and an underrated receiving corps. They brought DeVante Parker [and have] Jacobi Meyers. They will be better at the receiver than people think. I think the playcalling situation, which we’ve enjoyed a lot, will sort itself out under Matt Patricia’s leadership.

“Mac Jones is the second-best quarterback in the AFC East. They’re going to go to the playoffs and they’re going to exceed expectations.

These are very high views of the Tannenbaum Patriots.

However, Tannenbaum has a point that Jones has the advantage so far over drafted quarterbacks in his class. Jones led all rookies in passing touchdowns (22), passing yards (3,801) and passer rating (92.5).

Jones was also the only rookie quarterback last season to lead his team to the playoffs. He helped the Patriots go 10-7 to earn a wildcard spot before being knocked out by the Buffalo Bills in the first round of the playoffs.

The loss is part of the reason many prognosticators aren’t too high on the Patriots for the 2022 season. Their DraftKings Sportsbook total of 8.5 wins is third-best in the AFC East as they sit at tied for the 11th best odds to win the AFC.

Despite having the best season among rookie quarterbacks last season, Jones doesn’t hold the best chance among quarterbacks in his draft class to win MVP this season. 49ers quarterback Trey Lance holds that honor at +4000 to win the prize on DraftKings. Lance was also one of the popular betting picks to win the prize before the start of the season.

Jones is tied for the 21st best odds to win the prize at +6000. Granted, the narrative mostly seems to be set that the Patriots will at least struggle to qualify for the playoffs in 2022, so outperforming those expectations could earn Jones some MVP buzz.

The Patriots sophomore quarterback got his first game snaps of the 2022 season on Friday, completing 4 of 8 passes for 61 yards on three drives against the Panthers.


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