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What You Need to Know:
-Jones arrived at Alabama the same year as Tua Tagovailoa (2017). He was redshirted and didn’t see a start until Tua went down during the 2019 season.
-Making 4 starts that year (against Arkansas, Western Carolina, Auburn and Michigan), Jones completed 70 of 98 passes (71.4%) for 1,172 yards and 13 TDs (2 INTs).
-He truly broke out last season with 4,500 yards and 41 TDs. He recorded a nation-best 84.2% completion rate. Accuracy to all areas of the field was a huge plus on film.
-Jones brings very limited rushing potential. And it’s clear that his passing production was boosted by an all-star O-line and supporting cast that included DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle.
-Jones fell to the Patriots 15th overall. He’ll enter the summer in a battle with Cam Newton for the starting job.
-Newton struggled as a passer, showing limited arm strength and a conservative approach. He managed only 177 passing yards per game; .53 TDs per game.
-HC Bill Belichick has announced that Newton will enter training camp as the starter. Jones will have a chance to unseat him, though.
-Whoever wins the job figures to pilot a low-volume pass offense, albeit one with much-improved pass catchers. Hunter Henry, Jonnu Smith, Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne all arrived in free agency.
Draft Sharks Bottom Line:
We expect Jones to start at some point this season. But his total number of games played is a mystery, as Cam Newton will likely get the first crack at the starting job.
With almost zero rushing upside and unexciting pass volume, Jones will start his career as a longshot for fantasy value.