A bit of a wild story this morning, as Mac Jones may be the newest member of the Kansas City Chiefs. It all started on Thanksgiving, when KC’s tight end Travis Kelce brought up an interesting topic. “I think Mac is the greatest person that I’ve ever met,” Kelce told reporters. “Every time someone asks me about Mac, I just say, ‘I’m so happy to have him in the locker.’ He’s down to earth and he’s a great teammate. I feel like his presence definitely pushes us all to be better.”
This is the last day of spring training for the Cleveland Indians. After two weeks of non-stop baseball, it’s time to get ready for the 2017 season. One of the biggest questions facing the Indians this season is how they will fare in the American League.
People describe Mac Jones, the Patriots’ first-round pick in England, in different ways. At the University of Alabama and during the NFL Draft process, the quarterback was called a pocket passer, a decider, a game changer and a winner. After the Patriots’ first days of practice, veteran receiver Kendrick Bourn used a word not often associated with Jones to describe what he has at quarterback: swag.
Mac Jones is the latest player to come from Alabama to New England
Mac Jones | Photo by Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images It’s no secret that Patriots coach and general manager Bill Belichick trusts some college coaches more than others. For example, he always had affection for the players in Greg Schiano’s program at Rutgers. But Belichick doesn’t trust a college coach any more than he does Nick Saban of Alabama. In addition to Jones, midfielders Dont’a Hightower and Anfernee Jennings and defender Damien Harris are former Crimson Tide players. If Belichick were to pick Jones, the first quarterback he selected in the first round out of New England, the signal-caller would have to get Saban’s approval. Belichick knows the pressure on any passer trying to replace the Pats’ recently departed QB, and if he’s spending that kind of draft capital, he clearly has a high opinion of Jones.
Kendrick Bourne says Mac Jones has style
Kendrick Bourne on Mac Jones: There was something about him I didn’t know I had. – Chris Mason (@ByChrisMason) May 27, 2021 Now that Jones is on the field for the Patriots, the QB is impressing more than his new coach. Shortly thereafter, several of his teammates said how impressed they were with the 22-year-old, 6-foot-4. After one of the OTAs’ first workouts, Bourne, who was brought to New England as a free agent in the offseason, said of Jones, according to ESPN: He behaves in ways I wasn’t aware of at first. He’s confident, and that’s what it takes to be a quarterback. Good energy, great guy, he comes to work and you feel his energy and leadership. Bourne wasn’t the only one to praise the Florida native. Another new Patriot, tight end Hunter Henry, said of his new partner: Mac’s doing a great job. We go through everything together, it’s still new in the atmosphere of this new level. It’s good that he’s here, and we’re all happy for him.
Jones has impressed in OTAs, but he still has a long way to go to earn a starting spot
OTAs are the first opportunity for the team to get together for the upcoming season. The players wear helmets, jerseys and shorts during these workouts, which means there is a lot to take from them. What’s important for Jones is that reporters are reporting that he’s already playing in second-team games, right behind starter Cam Newton. That fact, coupled with the praise from his teammates, gets Patriots fans excited. @sportscasting19