NFL News: Patriots QB Mac Jones Showing 'Uncertainty' In Training Camp

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The New England Patriots welcome the upcoming season with second-year QB Mac Jones ready to take a step forward. He showed promise during his rookie season, but he'll need to do a lot more to lead the team to success.

And, while the early returns of his off-season development were quite promising, it seems like it could all be a mirage.

Jones Has Regressed

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Apparently, Jones has had several "moments of uncertainty" during training camp and has regressed in comparison to his first year with the team:

“Mac Jones had some moments of uncertainty a year ago in training camp but not nearly as many as you would expect for a rook. This summer? Far more. Yes, it is early August. There’s time. However, the install started back in the spring & you’d like more comfort & success," NFL Network's Mike Giardi reported.

It's Not All On Him

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Still, Giardi claimed that not all of those struggles were on Jones. Apparently, the team's offense has been stagnant and their offensive line has been inefficient through most of the training camp:

"To clarify, this isn't all on Mac. Blocking has been poor (they haven't been able to run the ball a lick in camp) and last night, there were a number of times Mac had to hold because receivers weren't open. Not a wonderful combination," Giardi added.

Belichick Thinks Otherwise

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This report pretty much contradicts what Belichick said of Jones just a week ago. Per the veteran HC, Jones was far ahead of where he was in his first year at this point in training camp:

"He's made tremendous strides," Belichick said. "He did a great job last year, but he's starting from a much, much higher point this year from where he started last year. His offseason work has been significant, and I think everyone recognizes how well he prepares and how much further along he was than a year ago."

Time Will Tell

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Maybe the truth is somewhere in between. Also, one should know better than to take training camp way too seriously, albeit it should still be a concern.

But, the Patriots sure have a lot of work to do in the off-season. The Miami Dolphins got significantly better, the New York Jets also made nice moves in the Draft, and the Buffalo Bills are the team to beat in the AFC.

So, does Mac Jones have what it takes to lead them to the top of the division? We'll have to wait and see.