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Nick Saban has produced a quarterback who is the talk of the NFL world right now.
Mac Jones is no joke, and eyes have finally opened to it. He was underestimated during the NFL Draft process, and pundits considered his counterparts to be more successful. People who knew Jones could have success were not taken seriously, due to others bringing up the “game manager” tag, and how the wide receivers at Alabama made him look good. He has destroyed every narrative written against him, and Sunday’s performance was Jones at his best. After beating a first-round pick in Justin Herbert, Jones outperformed the No. 1 overall pick from the 2018 draft. He handed Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns a 45-7 loss with deadly accuracy. Jones completed 19 of 23 passes — an 82.6 percent completion rate — for 198 yards with three touchdowns.
He tossed a dime to Kendrick Bourne that dropped jaws across the NFL landscape.
AIR BOURNE. @BournePoly11 went and got it for the TD!
📺: @NFLonCBS / Patriots app pic.twitter.com/HD3gVdydjI
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) November 14, 2021

Jones showed his accuracy and arm strength, threading the ball between two defenders to Bourne. He connected with tight end Hunter Henry for two touchdowns and led five of six touchdown drives for the New England Patriots. Jones pushed the team to its second 40+ point game of the season, matching its outing versus the Jets. He turned in a season-high for passer rating (142.1) and quarterback rating (83.9). When it lost Tom Brady to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, many thought the glory was gone in New England. Jones has put new energy inside fans and has the Patriots a half-game (6-4) behind the Bills for first in the AFC East.
An opportunity for the playoffs is alive and well at Gillette Stadium.
Several NFL personalities, draft evaluators, and players are in awe of Jones.
Louis Riddick, Monday Night Football analyst
The Mac Jones “not athletic enough, can’t make enough off schedule plays” narrative dying a slow painful death with each win…
— Louis Riddick (@LRiddickESPN) November 14, 2021

I see you @MacJones_10 . We all see you.
— Louis Riddick (@LRiddickESPN) November 14, 2021

Jim Nagy, Executive Director for Reese’s Senior Bowl
People continuing come up with reasons for Mac Jones’ success other than Mac simply being good are looking more and more foolish every week.
— Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) November 14, 2021

Kirk Herbstreit, ESPN College Football analyst
🤣😂🤣😂
So true https://t.co/yYilj8wz5l
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) November 15, 2021

Ryan Spagnoli, Patriots beat reporter for SB Nation
Devin McCourty on Mac Jones: “All he cares about is football. He doesn’t care about any outside noise. They did a nice job over there at ‘Bama. He’s been locked in and it’s been fun to watch.”
— Ryan Spagnoli (@Ryan_Spags) November 14, 2021

Pro Football Focus, NFL and college football website
Mac Jones is coming for the rookie of the year 👑 👀 pic.twitter.com/BJnPm7S2mk
— PFF (@PFF) November 14, 2021

Jones has the most games (five) with a 100 passer rating among first-round quarterbacks from the 2021 draft.
Most games with 100+ Passer Rating, among first-round QBs from 2021 Draft:
Mac Jones 5
Trevor Lawrence 0
Zach Wilson 0
Trey Lance 0
Justin Fields 0
*min. 20 pass attempts pic.twitter.com/ByAegP4vW5
— NFL on CBS 🏈 (@NFLonCBS) November 15, 2021

According to NFL Research, he is the first Patriots rookie quarterback since Drew Bledsoe (four TD passes, 1993 vs. Miami) to have 3+ scoring tosses in a single game. Jones is the first rookie quarterback in franchise history to have 3+ touchdown passes and no interceptions in a game. The world sees him now, and he’s only getting stronger.
Mac Jones has thrown a career-high 3 pass TD today vs the Browns
Jones is the first NE rookie with 3+ pass TD in a game since Drew Bledsoe (4 TD) in Week 18, 1993 vs MIA
Jones would be the first rookie in franchise history with 3+ pass TD & 0 INT in a single game#Patriots
— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) November 14, 2021

Jones is the real deal in pro football.
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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.
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