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Mac Jones set a solid benchmark in his Patriots debut

Here is a deeper look at Jones’s first performance based on a review of the game and a dive into the analytics:

Before getting into Jones’s performance, let’s evaluate his coaching.

u25aa McDaniels was a bit conservative, but that’s understandable given that it was Jones’s first game and he was facing an aggressive defense that led the NFL with 29 takeaways last year.

Jones dropped back to pass 40 times (excluding penalties), compared with 30 running plays — a desirable balance, at least on paper. But 79.5 percent (31 of 39) of his passes were thrown within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage, the eighth-highest percentage among all quarterbacks in Week 1.