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Mac Jones named Top Runner for Postseason Awards, according to NFL analyst

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If the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year were awarded this week, the New England Patriots’ Mac Jones would be the right pick to win the award, according to Bleacher’s Report’s Alex Kay.

The way Kay sees it, Jones would oust wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase of Cincinnati Bengals and the Los Angeles Chargers offensive against Rashawn Slater for the prize.

Kay wrote:

From a fundamental impact point of view, Chase might be more of a statement. Obviously he’s not a quarterback and has to rely on Joe Burrow to throw him the ball, but the rookie WR has 23 receptions for 496 yards and 5 TDs this season.

It currently ranks in the top 10 in all major statistical categories for recipients. That’s pretty significant. Slater will never get the credit he deserves for playing offensive tackle. However, if we were to judge each of these rookies by how they stack up in their positions compared to their peers, it would appear that Chase and Slater would sit higher than Jones.

While I agree that Jones is having a strong rookie season, I wouldn’t call his first five games sterling.

Jones has shown reluctance or inability to throw the ball down and has had some issues with inaccuracies that led to the interceptions Kay mentioned. His lack of mobility has compromised his ability to avoid sacking and taken away a threat of offense from the Patriots (considering that this was one of Cam Newton’s strengths) who cannot afford to forego opportunities to move the soccer ball.

Chowder and Champions ‘Michael DeVito didn’t complain about Jones’ three interceptions against the New Orleans Saints or even his “peashooter” passing tendencies. After the Patriots lost to the New Orleans Saints in Week 3, DeVito targeted Jones’s poor body language on the sidelines after a mistake.

DeVito wrote, “My only problem with New England Patriots rookie quarterback Mac Jones after the New Orleans Saints debacle has nothing to do with his three interceptions thrown or anything else on the field. His receivers and offensive line had a lot more to do with it than he did. His struggles were primarily due to their struggles. My problem with Jones is that he (ashamed?) His head no matter what the bottom line of that miserable game was, that attitude was unacceptable to the Patriots quarterback, as the youngster has to learn in his first NFL season. The only thing he can’t do is show he’s defeated. He can be beaten but not defeated. And he showed that he was defeated by the saints on his own bench. It’s a lesson all young NFL quarterbacks (not named Tom Brady, who had a full year plus time to prepare for his intro) are likely to need to learn, and they’d better learn it fast or they might see each other for more faced with it.

Jones doesn’t have to be perfect to be number 15 on this year’s draft. In fact, it’s pretty clear that the Patriots made the right decision to draft him.

That said, let’s not get too far. Jones could deserve the Offensive Rookie of the Year award at the end of the season, but he may have to do a little more to get an edge over Chase or Slater.

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