ESPN analyst Bart Scott has made it very clear that he’s not a huge fan of Mac Jones. During the pre-draft process, the former New York Jets linebacker referred to Jones as “Greg McElroy 2.0.”
Even though Jones won the New England Patriots’ quarterback job this summer, Scott’s stance on the Alabama product hasn’t changed.
During this Thursday’s edition of Get Up, Scott said that Jones is going to be in for a long season.
“In this league, defenses are going to break him down in about five games — about the time he plays Tampa — because they’re going to see what he can do and what he can’t do,” Scott said. “I think it’s going to be a long season for Mac Jones. Can he get them to an AFC Championship?”
The reason Scott isn’t very confident in Jones is because he believes the Patriots’ rookie quarterback has a low ceiling.
“When you talk about growth, and that’s what you heard Bill Belichick say, ‘the growth of Mac Jones,’ the growth is going to be stunted for a little while because the ceiling isn’t that high for Mac Jones,” Scott continued. “When you get an Alabama player, you get a player that’s pro-ready, but a player that’s pretty much close to what he’s going to be, right? He’s going to get tremendous coaching, he’s going to have tremendous football acumen. Listen, stop me when you tell me the last Alabama quarterback to come in this league and take the league by storm.”
Scott then said that he believes New England may have released Cam Newton just to ensure Jones that it’s his team.
“I thought it was a mistake to get rid of Cam,” Scott said. “Maybe Cam’s shadow was just too big. The fact that Mac Jones had his worst practice when Cam Newton came back and maybe you had to tell Mac Jones this is his team, so you got rid of Cam Newton.”
Jones will have plenty of opportunities to silence his critics this season. He’ll make his debut for the Patriots on Sept. 12 when they host the Dolphins.