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Josh McDaniels Shares Patriots' Mindset With Mac Jones

A closeup of Josh McDaniels.

ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 03: Josh McDaniels Offensive Coordinator of the New England Patriots looks on in the first half during Super Bowl LIII against the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 3, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

So far throughout the 2021 season, No. 15 overall pick Mac Jones has proven himself as the most reliable rookie quarterback option in the league. And as such, he's gained the full trust of the New England Patriots' coaching staff.

On Tuesday, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels shared his confidence in the 23-year-old QB.

“I trust him completely,” McDaniels told reporters, per Zack Cox of NESN. “… Believe me, there’s not a whole lot we’re holding back for him.”

While the Pats' OC may say his young quarterback has full reign of the offense, Jones has taken a very conservative approach to the game thus far.

The vast majority of his completions have come from short dump-offs and screen passes. Through his first two NFL contests, Jones ranks fourth from last in average-depth-of-targets -- pushing the ball further downfield than just Jimmy Garoppolo, Matt Ryan and Andy Dalton.

That being said, Jones has been very effective with this conservative approach. As of right now, the former Alabama QB ranks sixth amongst NFL quarterbacks in completion percentage (73.9) and has yet to turn the ball over. Jones' fellow rookie starters, Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson, both lead the NFL in interceptions with five apiece.

McDaniels responded to questions about his team's lack of a deep-ball threat.

"You’re weighing a bit of risk versus reward, etc. So I think there are a lot of factors there, but the short answer to your question is yes, it’s important to have the ability to throw the ball to all levels and make them defend everything, which certainly would open up other things for you underneath," he said.

“It’s not like he’s not (throwing downfield),” McDaniels later added. “It’s just there’s certain times when it’s the right time to do it and certain times where it’s not. And I’ve got to continue to work hard myself to try to provide our offense with opportunities to do that if it presents itself.”

Jones will log his third NFL start with a game against the Saints on Sunday afternoon, looking to push his team's record to 2-1.