Last week, a report from NFL Network’s Mike Giardi praised Jones’ “competitive edge” and the way the ball comes out of his hands during workouts. Patriots free agent wide receiver signing Kendrick Bourne also commended Jones for his “swagger.”
This morning, New England head coach Bill Belichick spoke with reporters, with Jones’ progress being one of the topics of discussion. While Belichick cautioned that his first-round QB has “a long way to go,” he also said Jones has “earned respect” with his approach thus far.
“He’s working hard. He puts in a lot of time,” Belichick said via Dan Roche of WBZ-TV. “Certainly giving his very best effort to do everything that we’ve asked him to do and do it the way we’ve asked him to do it, which is a great place to start. He’s earned a lot of respect for that.”
— Dan Roche (@RochieWBZ) June 4, 2021
Cam Newton will be the Patriots’ starter entering training camp, leaving Jones, veteran Brian Hoyer and third-year pro Jarrett Stidham to battle for backup reps. We don’t expect Belichick to rush his rookie signal caller along.
However, if Jones keeps progressing at his early rate, it might be tough to keep him off the field for very long.