NBC Sports Boston’s Tom Curran was one of the first to recognize Jones’s size difference and slightness of frame.
Jones and Jarrett Stidham are listed at 6’3″, but unless the latter has grown an inch or two since the last time he was measured, the former isn’t as tall as he’s been listed.
When it’s all said and done, his frame probably won’t make or break him. It isn’t as if he’s as short as Doug Flutie, who still managed to string together some solid campaigns south of six feet tall.
Drew Brees is one of the best of all time and lacks what would be considered an ideal height for the quarterback position. Jones has appeared to be accurate and decisive with the ball at OTAs.
Still, it’s too early to put too much stock into his performance.
The Best-Case Scenario for the Patriots at QB
Whenever a quarterback is drafted in the first round, especially in the Top 20, there is a bit of a call for him to start as a rookie.
That wouldn’t be ideal for the Patriots.
Cam Newton is a former NFL MVP, healthy, motivated, and more comfortable in his second year in New England.
The best possible scenario for the Patriots is to have Jones wait a year before taking over the reins from Newton.
The Big Lead’s Liam McKeone seems to agree. He wrote:
He is now the quarterback of the future for the NFL’s most successful franchise of the 21st Century, and many eyes will be on him as he develops under Bill Belichick. The Patriots’ short and long-term success and ability to compete for Super Bowls rides almost entirely upon his shoulders. Jones does not need to become the team’s savior immediately, though. Cam Newton is under contract for 2021 on a one-year deal that could be worth eight digits if he hits all of his incentives. This was probably the ideal outcome for Belichick & Co. after they signed Newton ahead of free agency two months ago. There’s no need to give the rookie a trial by fire if they can use what they know they have in Newton while seeing what they have in the newcomer, and they have someone not named Jarrett Stidham to step in if either gets hurt.
Most aren’t talking about the possibility of Newton playing lights out with a better supporting cast, more time with the playbook, and a complete training camp to prepare.
It’s incredible how quickly a premier athlete is discarded.
In Case of Emergency, Break Glass
As McKeone mentions, if the Patriots find themselves struggling, or if Newton goes down with an injury, it would make the most sense for New England to turn to Jones.
If that’s to be a realistic option, the coaching staff must ensure he’s ready should that opportunity arise.
Again, if Jones is pressed into action, the team is likely looking to its Plan B, but if he can continue to be an accurate passer and intelligent with the football, it won’t be the worst option.
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