Tyrant Mathieu shouts at doubters about Patriots rookie Mac Jones

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“Mac Jones was not trendy enough for you in the beginning … now you love him.”

Tyrant Mathieu Patriots Chiefs

Kansas City Chiefs Free Security Tyrant Mathieu. (AP Photo / Mark Zaleski)

Mac Jones was just the fifth quarterback to be taken in the 2021 NFL Draft and dropped to the New England Patriots after the San Francisco 49ers famously passed him as No. 3 overall.

But overall pick No. 15 has defied doubts so far in 2021, seized the Patriots’ starting job right away and risen to the top of its class through 10 games in the regular season.

His opponents notice it.

Kansas City Chiefs star defensive back Tyrann Mathieu took to Twitter on Tuesday to give a little unsolicited praise to Jones, whose Crimson Tide are SEC rivals from Honey Badger’s LSU Tigers, and shout rookie opponents.

“Mac Jones was not trendy enough for you in the beginning, what now do you love him … Man, you guys are funny !!!” said Mathieu. “Day out and day in !!! You should be at Comedy Central.

“He does not throw the sidearm or run fast, so people beat him,” the Chiefs’ do-it-all defense added. “Dude can play QB! Period.”

Jones has made that very clear as the Patriots have advanced to the AFC playoff picture and won four games in a row.

The 23-yard old man has just posted the best passing rating in the Patriots’ history for a rookie in Sunday’s 45-7 demolition of the Cleveland Browns and is entering Week 11 with the NFL’s fourth-best completion rate.

No other first-year quarterback comes close to Jones’ 13 touchdown passes and 2,333 passing yards, and he also leads all rookies with a pass rating of 94.1.

The advanced numbers about Jones suggest that he might even work his way into the conversation with the top 10 quarterbacks in the league thanks to his recent play.

He has done all this despite not having the coveted qualities that many evaluators loved by players like Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields or Trey Lance: the elite size, the enormous arm strength and the ability to play out of pocket.

Rather, Jones has proven that you can still succeed as an old-school pocket-passer, relying on his preparation and accuracy to move the ball, while showing that his arm has more juice than people thought during the scouting process. .

Sunday’s pristine performance raised the bar for Jones and the Patriots to the point where national media now see New England as a serious threat in the AFC.

But players like Mathieu, who may have been tasked with stopping him in the playoffs at some point this year, never slept on him to begin with.

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