Patriots' Mac Jones tosses first touchdown of NFL career

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As Tom Brady’s true successor in New England, rookie Mac Jones is off to a good start.

The Alabama product threw his first career touchdown pass to wide receiver Nelson Agholor with 2:35 to go in the second quarter to give the Patriots a 10-7 lead over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday afternoon.

Jones connected with Agholor on a play-action pass play from 7 yards out. Through three quarters, the strike to Agholor was the only touchdown pass that Jones connected on in the game.

Jones was named the starting quarterback of the Patriots after the team released Cam Newton. The veteran quarterback was at the helm of the Patriots during the 2020 season. New England finished 7-9 and missed out on the playoffs for the first time in over a decade.

During Alabama’s national championship run in 2020, Jones was the ringleader of the Crimson Tide offense. He threw for 4,500 passing yards with 41 touchdowns and only four interceptions. In the title game against Ohio State, Jones completed 36 of 45 passes for 464 yards with five touchdowns.

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Sources: Niners feared Pats trade up for Jones

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One of the many reasons the San Francisco 49ers traded up to the third overall spot in this year's NFL draft was their belief that the New England Patriots could trade up to No. 3 and beat them to Alabama quarterback Mac Jones, league sources told ESPN.

San Francisco wanted to position itself to select a quarterback for the future and believed there were multiple worthy candidates. But the 49ers also were concerned that the Patriots would leapfrog them in the draft and position themselves to select Jones before San Francisco could.

The 49ers considered the well-documented relationship between Bill Belichick and Nick Saban and knew that New England was doing legwork on the quarterback prospects in the draft. The Niners also believed at the time that Jones was the prospect the Patriots identified as their potential quarterback of the future.

This belief contributed to the Niners completing the late-March trade that sent three first-round draft picks to the Miami Dolphins to move up to the No. 3 spot, which gave them the opportunity to draft Jones or any other quarterback they deemed worthy in that slot.

San Francisco ultimately decided Trey Lance was its preferred quarterback, and Jones wound up with New England at the 15th pick anyway -- without the Patriots having to surrender any additional compensation.

Jones will start New England's season opener Sunday against Miami, while Lance will serve as San Francisco's backup to Jimmy Garoppolo against the Detroit Lions.

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