Edelman gives early impressions of Mac Jones: 'I think he's a stud'


Julian Edelman likes what he sees from New England Patriots starting quarterback Mac Jones.

The former Patriots wide receiver, who retired after the 2020 season, knows a thing or two about quality quarterbacks after spending 11 years catching passes from Tom Brady in New England. 

Jones has only played two games for the Patriots, but Edelman is impressed with the progress that the rookie quarterback has made to this point.

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“Mac, seeing his progression each and every week, he’s been playing pretty well,” Edelman said during a Zoom call with reporters Thursday. “I know that he hasn’t lit up the scoreboard and all that, but you can see that baby steps are progressing. I’m excited for the coaches and the team this year to just kind of keep that going, that improvement, and see what he’s really made of.

"Thus far, he’s been looking good. There's going to be some bumps in those roads, but we'll see how he reacts. I like his demeanor. I think he's a stud. I'm looking forward to seeing him this week."

Jones picked up the first win of his career in the Patriots' Week 2 triumph over the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Through two games, the 2021 first-round pick has completed 73.9 percent of his passes (51-of-69) for 467 yards with one touchdown and zero turnovers.

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The accuracy and poise he's shown is quite impressive for a rookie. 


Edelman will get a chance to watch Jones and the new-look Patriots offense in person Sunday when New England hosts the New Orleans Saints at Gillette Stadium. Edelman is being honored at halftime during a special ceremony.