Chris Simms puts Mac Jones in interesting spot in ranking of NFL QBs

Mac Jones has received praise following his rookie season. As he heads into his sophomore campaign, analysts are beginning to give him props. NBC’s Chris Simms ranked Jones as the 18th-best quarterback heading into the 2022 season.

Jones threw for 3,801 yards, 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 2021. He will have new pieces heading into the fall, as wide receivers DeVante Parker and rookie draft pick Tyquan Thornton should be able to provide the Patriots with more depth at the position.

In addition, key playmakers such as tight end Hunter Henry and wide receiver Kendrick Bourne will also be returning to the team. Both played a major role in the success of the Patriots offense last year.

Jones was one spot above Carson Wentz and one spot below Baker Mayfield on Simms’ list. On his latest episode of “Chris Simms Unbuttoned,” the analyst gave the former Alabama star credit.

…At no point did we think they [the Patriots] were that great at receiver or explosive at any of those positions to go ‘Oh wow, this is a really well-oiled, explosive offense.’ Their running game had moments. I mean, come on. Mac Jones as a rookie, they f—ing put everything on him. It was as much pressure as far as a system and a team and a city and a fanbase can be on a quarterback.

“…[He’s] maybe the best rookie decision-maker that I’ve ever seen.”

Jones will look to anchor a Patriots team that is set to compete in a talented AFC East. With the Buffalo Bills looking to win the division for the third year in a row,  the rest of the division will have their work cut out for them.

Report: Left tackle Isaiah Wynn expected to report to the Patriots’ mandatory minicamp next week

After several weeks of voluntary workouts, the New England Patriots will finally welcome their entire roster to Gillette Stadium next week. On Tuesday, the club will kick off its three-day mandatory minicamp.

Among the players expected to report is starting left tackle Isaiah Wynn. According to Jeff Howe of The Athletic, Wynn will join his teammates after choosing not to participate in the voluntary portion of offseason workouts.

A first-round draft pick by the Patriots in 2018, Wynn is entering the final year of his rookie contract after the club opted to exercise his fifth-year option last spring. The 26-year-old, who started a combined 34 games over the last three years, is projected as the team’s starting left tackle yet again.

Wynn has played some good football when on the field, but his injury history and uneven 2021 campaign are issues potentially impacting his long-term outlook with the organization. His hefty $10.41 million salary cap number this season does not help either, and in combination with him sitting out voluntary offseason workouts — which is his collectively bargained right — created some speculation about his future.

At the moment, however, no surprises are expected. The 26-year-old reporting to minicamp, after all, was always the plan. The mandatory nature of said camp creates a straight-forward setting, after all: unless excused, absent players face potential team discipline.

Apparently, that will not be an issue with Wynn. He will therefore resume his position in the lineup, and be taking the field next to New England’s first-round draft pick, left guard Cole Strange.

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