How Mac Jones performed in Patriots’ 9th OTA with Cam Newton absent
During the ninth organized team activity, Mac Jones looked more or less the same player as he did last week. The New England Patriots rookie quarterback didn't make any glaring mistakes, but he remained conservative on the field and was deeply committed to his coaches. And that wouldn't have been a problem if Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer hadn't had great workouts in the absence of Cam Newton, whose hand injury meant more work for the other three quarterbacks.
This injury seemed like a great opportunity for Jones to get more reps and develop faster. But that did not come about at the meeting on Thursday. He got less work than Stidham and Hoyer in the competitive 7v7 and 11v11 drills. And Jones looked less impressive in those reps.
We did this last week and readers seemed to really enjoy it. So let's do it again. Here is more information than you could possibly need about Jones' every step during the ninth OTA session.
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The quarterbacks stretched during the stretching session, which is only noteworthy because Newton usually dances during the warm-up. He's having fun and is inflated during the first phase of training. Routes were even more boring without him.
As the quarterbacks started warming up their arms, Jones finished third in the rotation. For some reason, he didn't warm up like the other two below the center. He was in the shotgun throughout the warm-up. But the three quarterbacks warmed up the same throws: Short Sideline, Intermediate Sideline, and Intermediate Middle.
When Stidham and Hoyer were working with receivers, Jones was working on handovers with a running back and a fullback that included the QB-RB exchanges, while he also worked on the block assignment for the FB. Jones went to work, mostly without speaking to the coaches. The exercise was overseen by running backs coach Ivan Fears and offensive assistant Bo Hardegree. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels conducted the exercise with Hoyer and Stidham.
As the third period began, Jones began to throw sloping routes at his running backs. Stidham took over and Jones tackled the tight ends. McDaniels spent a lot of time working on the route running technique with these tight ends, but was also in Jones' ear throughout the exercise, pausing the reps intermittently to provide feedback.
During the kickoff drills, McDaniels stepped aside with the offensive linemen to perform an exercise that seemed to work on her first step. The quarterbacks turned to take the snap but didn't have much to do during the exercise.
When the team started field goal work, Jones spent the drill standing near the scrimmage line and perhaps watching the keeper. He also spoke to running back Tyler Gaffney.
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Between 7v7 and 11v11, Jones finished 6 out of 8 while Stidham and Hoyer were both 11 out of 14.
Stidham derived a floor game exercise that appeared to focus on blocking. The "defense" was just a group of offensive players. Jones stuck to McDaniels' hip. Hoyer finished second. Jones went last.
Hoyer split for a 7v7 walkthrough while Stidham led an 11v11 walkthrough on another field. Jones watched to start but jumped in after three quick reps. Stidham graduated at the end of the period.
As the third quarterback to step in in 11v11 competitive drills, Jones had a nice finish for receiver Kendrick Bourne in intermediate level before quickly finding running back Tyler Gaffney, who was uncovered and had room to run. Jones then checked out Harry and Isaiah Zuber on drag routes with N'Keal. And that was the end of Jones's replay. Stidham entered again.
While watching Stidham, an itchy Jones began exercising his hips and shoulders as he watched. In the competitive 7v7, Jones finished second, firing the ball at Kristian Wilkerson, who watched the ball rush through his hands for a drop. Jones then hit Jakobi Meyers for about 5 yards near the right sideline. After watching for a while, Jones jumped in for one replay and fired a nice timing throw at Meyers in the short center.
Hoyer and Stidham took over the 11v11 reps in the 10th. Jones had to watch. He jumped in late but missed Damien Harris in the flat on the first repetition of the QB. Jones took a sack on the next piece.
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