December 4, 2023


“He’s acquired some weapons round him, and that might decide if Mac Jones is the actual deal or not.”

Mac Jones’ time as New England’s QB1 could possibly be coming to an in depth. Alex Grimm/Getty Photographs

It stays to be seen if the Patriots nonetheless view Mac Jones as their beginning quarterback, particularly after getting benched for the third time this season throughout Sunday’s 10-6 loss to the Colts.

And whereas Invoice Belichick and New England’s teaching workers have remained mum on Jones’ standing on the depth chart through the group’s bye week, Patriots legend Rob Gronkowski thinks that the third-year QB must take issues into his personal palms.

Gronkowski believes that Jones must ask for a approach out of New England so as to discover greener pastures elsewhere within the NFL.

“I feel Mac Jones ought to in the end, even proper now, ought to simply go and ask for his launch,” Rob Gronkowski mentioned throughout his weekly look on the “Up & Adams Present” on Wednesday. “In the event you’re speaking to me about what he ought to do: Ask for his launch. After which if it will get granted, he ought to go signal with the Cleveland Browns and begin a brand new profession proper there. They want a brand new quarterback. Think about that. How wild would that be?”

Even with Jones’ lackluster stats thus far in 2023 (10 touchdowns, 10 interceptions), the Browns are in determined want of assist underneath heart at this stage of the season.

Cleveland introduced on Wednesday morning that its beginning QB Deshaun Watson will miss the remainder of the yr as a result of shoulder surgical procedure — with rookie Dorian Thompson-Robinson and veteran P.J. Walker the lone QBs left on its roster.

“He’s acquired some weapons round him, and that might decide if Mac Jones is the actual deal or not,” Gronkowski mentioned of Jones becoming a member of the Browns. “I feel he’s a good quarterback. I feel he’ll positively be within the NFL for a bit of bit, even when it’s going to be as a backup for a bit of bit after which a starter as soon as once more.”

It’s been powerful sledding for Jones in New England, with the previous first-round choose on a gradual path of regression after incomes Professional Bowl honors as a rookie in 2021.

However even when New England opts to roll with one other quarterback like Bailey Zappe, Will Grier, or Malik Cunningham for the rest of the 2023 season, it appears unlikely that the Patriots will merely lower Jones earlier than this yr involves a finish in early January.