During last week’s ugly 15-10 win over the New York Jets, Jones was accused of hitting Jets cornerback Sauce Gardner in the private area during a scrum. While Jones wasn’t punished for the incident, it was not a good look for a player who has a history of questionable on-field behavior.
Then, this past Sunday, Jones was benched in the third quarter of the Patriots’ 38-3 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. The loss represented the worst defeat New England has suffered during the Bill Belichick era, and now, people are questioning Jones’ future with the club.
Analyst Colin Cowherd talked about the situation with Jones on his show The Herd on Monday, saying that he feels the Pats need to trade Jones.
Cowherd cites that Jones does not seem well-liked by his teammates as a reason the Patriots should move on from him and also says that Jones simply does not stack up when compared to some of the other AFC’s top quarterbacks.
Jones went 12-for-21 with 150 yards, two interceptions and a fumble against the Cowboys. On the season overall, the 25-year-old has thrown for 898 yards, five touchdowns and four picks while completing 63.7 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 80.8.
Now in his third season as the Patriots’ starting quarterback, Jones has shown little to no progression since his rookie campaign, and a legitimate argument can be made that he has actually regressed.
New England fielded trade offers for Mac Jones during the offseason, so it would not be a surprise if the Pats aim to move him again.
Cohwerd feels that the Patriots will end up drafting a quarterback in the spring.
New England is just 1-3 on the season and will take on the New Orleans Saints next Sunday.