Patriots' Mac Jones 'More Ready Than Anybody Really Knows,' Kendrick Bourne Says

Blake SchusterContributor ISeptember 2, 2021

Foxborough, MA - August 31: New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) is the new starting quarterback, pictured at practice on roster cut deadline day at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA on Aug. 31, 2021. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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New England Patriots wideout Kendrick Bourne doesn't have any concerns about rookie quarterback Mac Jones getting the start in Week 1. In fact, he thinks the QB1 designation has only increased Jones' intensity.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Bourne said playing at Alabama has prepped Jones for this moment and the rookie may surprise people with his preparation: 

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Kendrick Bourne said he's noticed a difference in Mac Jones since being named the starter:<br><br>"That’s a different kind of urgency... For any starter, I think you feel that pressure, but he was built for it, man, since ‘Bama. I think he’s more ready than anybody really knows."

Having spent the last four years with the San Francisco 49ers, Bourne has played with his fair share of QBs. Injuries to Jimmy Garoppolo over the years have required the services of C.J. Bethard and Nick Mullens. Bourne also spent time in the preseason working with Cam Newton before he was cut. 

The veteran has no concern about Jones being overwhelmed by the moment.

As the Patriots look for a long-term successor to Tom Brady's offense, that type of poise will certainly come in handy.