He cut Cam Newton to go with Jones and the early results were ugly.
But everyone remained calm and the Patriots are now 6-4 after making the Cleveland Browns look like a high school squad in Week 10.
Jones had three touchdowns and a total of four incompletions as the Patriots picked up their fourth consecutive win.
That gives Jones six wins as the starter this year.
The rest of the rookie quarterback class?
They have a total of five.
Mac Jones (6-4 W-L) has more wins as a starting QB than all other rookies combined in 2021 (5-24 W-L)
– The last player to account for over 50 percent of all rookie QB wins league-wide was Dak Prescott (13 of 22 rookie QB wins in 2016)
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) November 15, 2021
Jones is now chasing Dak Prescott‘s record of being responsible for more than half of the rookie quarterback wins in a season.
Top Of His Class
This stat really drives home how hard it has been for rookie signal-callers this season.
Quarterback wins, like pitcher wins in baseball, do not tell the whole story of a player’s year.
Tyrann calls out the early hate on Mac Jones 💯 pic.twitter.com/VWx5J2kEad
— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) November 16, 2021
However, it does show how the teams in general are doing and Jones is the only rookie quarterback on an actual contender this year.
Still, it is hard to believe five other rookies average one win apiece.
Jones is also in the top half of the NFL in passing yards with 2,333 and has 13 touchdowns this season.
His only real bad game came back in September when he threw three interceptions against the New Orleans Saints.
He still only has seven on the year.
The way the rookie dismantled the Cleveland defense shows how well he is fitting into Josh McDaniels’ offense in New England.
His next goal is to get the Patriots to the postseason, making other teams around the league wish they drafted him instead.