These Mac Jones Stats Put Rex Ryan ‘Peashooter’ Narrative On Life Support

Jones had arguably his best game as a pro Sunday


November 15, 2021

Rex Ryan made headlines a month ago when asked whether Mac Jones and the New England Patriots could make the playoffs.

“Hell no,” Ryan said during a “Get Up!” episode. “Because you got a peashooter at quarterback? Give me a break right here. This team should’ve been beat by the Houston Texans. A playoff team? … No chance at this thing. Their defense is not as good as it’s been.

” … Hey, the ball travels down the field more than 15 yards? Uh-oh! That’s bad news for this guy. He’s closer to Danny Wuerffel than he is Tom Brady.”

Well, Ryan currently is eating crow on both fronts.

Following Sunday’s 45-7 rout of the Cleveland Browns, the 6-4 Patriots now have the ninth-best odds of making the NFL playoffs, per FiveThirtyEight. They’re only a half-game behind the Buffalo Bills for first place in the AFC East.

So, to Ryan’s chagrin, New England is looking like a playoff team.

As for the “peashooter” take, Jones stuck a fork in that narrative with his performance Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium.

The rookie quarterback was 6-of-7 for 103 yards and a touchdown on throws of 10-plus yards downfield, according to stats available at ProFootballFocus. Additionally, Jones was 9-of-9 for 90 yards and another score on passes outside the numbers.

Nobody should confuse Jones for Josh Allen or Patrick Mahomes, but reducing the Alabama product to a dink-and-dunk, checkdown-heavy quarterback is flat-out incorrect.

Jones will look to lead the Patriots to their fifth straight victory Thursday night when they visit the Atlanta Falcons.

New England Patriots tight end Hunter Henry and quarterback Mac Jones
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