With an 8-9 regular season record, it’s fair to say that the New England Patriots had an up and down type of season.
There were times where they had some really good wins. Then there were the times that they had some really UGLY losses.
We also saw the growth of some players like Christian Barmore, Matthew Judon, and Rhamondre Stevenson just to name a few. But we also saw the growth of rookie special teamer/defensive back/wide receiver Marcus Jones.
On Friday, it was announced that Marcus Jones was named an AP First Team All-Pro punt returner.
Marcus Jones gives the New England Patriots a legitimate punt returning threat
With all the talks of how bad the special teams was this year for the Patriots, Marcus Jones was a shining light on the unit.
Think about how dynamic Jones was in the kick/punt return game.
We can easily go back to the Jets game. Returning a punt return to the house to win the game? That’s a credit to the 2022 third round pick’s speed and field awareness.
Even in games the Patriots lost, he was a big threat in the special teams game. Look at the loss in Green Bay. The speedy Houston product ran a punt to midfield in overtime to set the Patriots up with great field possession. They didn’t win the game. But Jones put them in a position to do so.
As long as Jones stays healthy, he has a chance to continue to be special in the kick return game for the Patriots.
Marcus Jones can be a good two-way player for the New England Patriots too
The cool thing about Jones is that he can be a rare triple threat for a Patriots team that could use it.
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He’s fast enough where he can play defensive back. Sure, he’s a bit undersized at times being only 5’8. But his speed is good enough to keep up with top NFL receivers.
You can also use Jones in the offense when the time calls for it to happen. Remember the Bills Thursday night game at home? Jones took a screen pass to the house. He can be dynamic in an offense that badly needed a spark, more often than not.
That just goes to show how valuable Jones can be for the future of this Patriots team. Sure, his punt returning skills are being put on notice. But he can do so much more than that, which is a lot of fun to think about moving forward.
The bottom line with Marcus Jones and the New England Patriots
A nice accolade for a rookie that definitely deserved it!
This is only the beginning for Marcus Jones in New England. I think a lot of Patriots nation will agree that he will only get better as his career progresses on.
Now if we can hit on a few more picks in the draft like we did with the Houston product, then the Patriots will really have a young nucleus to work with!
So congrats again to Jones on being named to the All-Pro team! Good things will be coming his way, assuming he continues to improve year after year.