Dan Orlovsky explains why Mac Jones ‘was the best rookie QB in the NFL’

By Henry McKenna

ESPN analyst and former Detroit Lions quarterback Dan Orlovsky was a big fan of New England Patriots rookie quarterback Mac Jones. Orlovsky felt Jones finished Week 1 as the top rookie QB in the NFL.

Jones, like all three of the rookie starters at quarterback, came away with a loss, with New England falling 17-16 to the Miami Dolphins. Jones gave the Patriots a chance to win, with a drive in the final three minutes which faltered after running back Damien Harris fumbled on the 9-yard line. The quarterback finished his afternoon completing 29 of 39 passes (74.4%) for 281 yards and a touchdown at 7.2 yards per attempt.

Here’s what Orlovsky liked about the performance.

Jones will have a head-to-head matchup with the 2021 second-overall pick in Jets quarterback Zach Wilson. Their Week 2 matchup should be an interesting contest between two rookies who may end up longstanding rivals.


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