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The 3 Most 'Accurate' NFL Quarterbacks So Far This Year

Patriots quarterback Mac Jones on the field.

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - SEPTEMBER 12: Mac Jones #10 of the New England Patriots warms up prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Stats don't always tell the full story. You often have to look for further context--or for more stats--to get a more accurate picture.

Take this graphic about the most accurate quarterbacks in the NFL through two weeks. Rookie Mac Jones is leading the way with an on-target throw percentage of 90.9. Right behind him is Baker Mayfield at 89.6%, followed by Jimmy Garoppolo at 88.5%.

Certainly, Jones has done everything the Patriots have asked of him thus far, and he looks like he has a solid future in the league. But thus far, he hasn't been asked to make too many difficult throws.

Jones' average depth of target (aDOT) is 5.32 yards, according to Only three quarterbacks who have started each of the first two weeks--Garoppolo (5.11), Matt Ryan (4.31) and Andy Dalton (4.04)--have a lower aDOT.

Mayfield, meanwhile, has an aDOT of 8,47 yards, which is 13th-best among quarterbacks with two starts this year. He has been asked to make more throws downfield, while Jones and Garoppolo have lived more in a dink and dunk world.

Are we trying to disparage Jones here? Hardly. We're just pointing out how sometimes you have to dig a little deeper to get a full picture.

As Jones gets more comfortable and more opportunities open up downfield, the Alabama product will probably see an uptick in more challenging throws.