Frustration is growing across the New England Patriots fanbase with a Week 6 matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders looming. While fans weren't expecting Tom Brady-era levels of success this year, the fact that the Pats sit last in the AFC East with a 1-4 record is nothing short of embarrassing.
While the Patriots' issues can be blamed on several factors, certain individuals underperforming is one of the most glaring problems. If they can't turn things around and New England falls to 1-5, the franchise will be heading to a third missed playoff appearance in four seasons.
With that being said, here are five Patriots who are on the hot seat in Week 6 vs. the Raiders.
5 Patriots on Hot Seat in Week 6 vs. Raiders
1. Mac Jones
Is it really all that surprising that Mac Jones is the top player on the hot seat?
Jones, drafted 15th overall in 2021, has been one of the most disappointing Patriots this season. Many fans and experts expected the form Alabama product to take a huge step forward in his third year, but that hasn't been the case.
The 25-year-old looks like he's regressed, averaging the worst completion percentage (62.5%), interception percentage (3.6%), and passing yards per game rate (201.6) of his career.
That's without mentioning how his 74.2 passer rating only ranks better than the New York duo of Zach Wilson (73.4) and Daniel Jones (71.7). So yeah, not the best kind of company you want your quarterback to be associated with.
Nevertheless, Jones' play has only worsened with each passing week. The offense has scored zero points in the last two games with the team's lone score over that stretch being a field goal. Making matters worse is the fact that Jones was replaced by backup QB Bailey Zappe in both contests.
Considering we're at the point where fans want to see practice squad QB Malik Cunningham under center, it's safe to say Jones' leash is as short as can be. If he can't turn things around against the Raiders, it might be time to stop seeing him as our No. 1 signal-caller going forward.