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Patriots legend impressed with what he saw from Mac Jones in SEC

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Former New England Patriots running back Kevin Faulk had a front row seat to one of Mac Jones' many impressive performances in 2020.

Faulk, now running backs coach at his alma mater, LSU, was on the sideline when Jones torched the Tigers in a 55-17 Alabama win on Dec. 5 in Baton Rouge.

Jones, who finished the game 20 for 28 for 385 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions, "doesn't make too many bad decisions," according to Faulk, who told ESPN's Mike Reiss that he believes the situations at Alabama and in Foxboro are similar.

"[He] understood what the offense was," Faulk told Reiss. "Understood what he needed to do as the starting quarterback, and I think that will be the same way here.

" ... [Jones] can be very productive in this offense if he is who he is shown and proven to be in college -- the one year he played. He hadn't played much the previous years, but you could tell from last year that he paid attention."

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Faulk also told Reiss he can't wait to see what Christian Barmore, New England's second-round draft pick out of Alabama, does in the NFL. Barmore had a sack in the meeting between the Crimson Tide and Tigers last season.

"Very disruptive in the SEC, and we always say the SEC is a step below the NFL," Faulk said.