Mac Jones named to NFL Network’s Top 100 by other players


Jones was the first Patriots player voted into the network’s top 100.

New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones on the bench during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the New York Giants. AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

Patriots quarterback Mac Jones might still be stung by his early exit from the playoffs, but he has earned the respect of his peers after his rookie season.

According to the NFL Network, Jones — who was a Pro Bowl selection last year — was voted the 85th best player in the NFL by teammates.

Jones was the first Patriots player to make the top 100. Numbers 80 through 51 were announced later Sunday night.

With Jones at the helm, the Patriots were 10-7 last year. Jones completed 67.6% of his passes with 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions, amassing 3,806 passing yards.

Last month, Bill Belichick raised eyebrows when describing Jones’ “dramatic” improvement in the offseason.

“He worked extremely hard,” Belichick said. “He has a tremendous work ethic in all areas. I think there is a dramatic improvement. His physical work and conditioning, working on his mechanics, working on his footwork, working on his understanding of our offense, opponents’ defenses, situations – all of those things.

Jones was then asked about Belichick’s assessment.

“I think it was just assessing what I wanted to improve, whether it was footwork, ball placement on certain pitches, just trying to learn how to hit each pitch in different ways,” said said Jones. “So obviously you have to apply that during the season. The offseason is great, but you want to take what you learn and apply it and be able to use it in games, that’s what you do it for. That’s the reason you work hard.

The Patriots will face the Panthers on Friday in their second preseason game. Jones missed the preseason opener against the Giants.


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