While the outlet said Jones’ biggest strength was his accuracy, they were the exact opposite when it came to the talent of his arm — which has been called into question during his brief time in the NFL, particularly his strength — giving him a score of 70.
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“We’ve seen plenty of quarterbacks put together long, successful careers with average arm strength. And many have been able to add velocity with some mechanical tweets,” The Ringer wrote. “The bad news is that Jones has a long way to go before we can consider his arm even average for an NFL starter.”
Jones’ 70 score was the worst among quarterbacks, with Arizona Cardinals’ Josh Dobbs having the second-worst arm talent score at 71.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick has had nothing but high praise for Jones and the work he’s put in throughout training camp. The third-year QB said he wants to get back to “Alabama Mac” in order to have a successful 2023, and it’s a make-or-break year after regressing in 2022.
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But with Bill O’Brien as the offensive coordinator and some strong weapons in the fold, Jones has the chance to put togehter a career year. Even if his arm talent isn’t thought highly of, his accuracy is. And if he can be accurate on more throws than not, the talent of his arm might not be as big an issue as once thought.
We’ll see our first glimpse of Jones on Sunday when the Patriots open their season against the Philadelphia Eagles at Gillette Stadium.