49ers feared Pats trade up for Jones

 49ers feared Pats trade up for Jones

49ers feared Pats trade up for Jones

49ers feared Pats trade up for Jones

This year’s NFL Draft was influenced by San Francisco 49ers’ paranoia that the New England Patriots could trade up to No. 3 and snag Alabama quarterback Mac Jones before they did, league sources told ESPN.

A number of potential third-round picks were known to 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan when San Francisco made its blockbuster trade with the Miami Dolphins. If the 49ers decide Jones is the best quarterback for them, they didn’t want to be left behind, Schefter reports.

 

No. 3 overall pick Trey Lance was chosen by the 49ers, and Jones was selected by the Patriots at No. 15. For starters, Jones has been outstanding in the preseason, and he beat out Cam Newton for the job. When the Patriots take on Tua Tagovailoa and the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, Jones will make his NFL debut.

49ers feared Pats trade up for Jones

49ers feared Pats trade up for Jones
49ers’ draft trade spurred by Patriots’ Mac Jones interest

Lance is a true dual-threat quarterback who can add an element of surprise to the Shanahan offense that has yet to be seen in San Francisco.

 

Jimmy Garoppolo’s first career start as the signal-caller for Sunday Night Football was always going to be difficult. He was tasked with leading San Francisco’s offense against Detroit’s renowned defensive line, while also protecting him from possible sacks.

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While no one was expecting anything special out of this young team entering its season opener, injuries to veterans and rookies alike (including snaps) resulted in the rise of one player in particular: We are pleased to introduce Lance “LG” Goodbread. We’ve seen teams gaining yards per carrying against us despite playing defense solely focused on stopping Russell Wilson, which has proven invaluable.

 

If Lance is cleared to play after sustaining a small finger fracture in the 49ers’ preseason finale, many expect him and his new toy combo that’s sure got this team off early.

It is unlikely that the Jones-49ers smoke will go away. They were clearly interested in Alabama’s QB, but ultimately settled on Lance. Their decision is still up for debate.

 

Jones winning Pat’s job speaks volumes on Lance’s potential

 

Many questioned Jones’ ability to make it in the NFL, believing that his success at Alabama was due to an abundance of elite talent surrounding him. Not enough athleticism or quickness would be problematic for a quarterback who is already inaccurate with decision-making and cannot create any time against opposing defenses that are fast on their feet

Just look how far he has come since college!

49ers feared Pats trade up for Jones

49ers' draft trade spurred by Patriots' Mac Jones interest
49ers feared the Pats would trade up for Jones

Belichick, one of the NFL’s smartest men and arguably its greatest coach ever is cutting Cam Newton after just two weeks? Why would he do that?? It doesn’t make sense! But then again I guess anything can happen in this league…

 

Even in the preseason, Lance showed flashes of his potential as a dual-threat quarterback. Though he failed to meet the minimum requirements for this week’s game against Garoppolo and Co., San Francisco doesn’t require its starting QB to be perfect – they just need him healthy enough!

 

It’s no surprise that Belichick has good instincts about quarterbacks after spending 20 years as a coach with one player. To achieve future success, he believes Jones is ready now and will push him out of his comfort zone early on.”

 

It would not be an overstatement to say that both Shanahan and Belichick were impressed by Jones. The San Francisco 49ers had the third pick in this year’s draft, but they passed upon him after seeing his tape at Nos 15-20; And as soon as he fell into their laps with No 24 overall selection? Well… you can guess what happened there!

 

As well as that the future of the 49ers, with Lance leading an offense that will be feared by defenses, could be even better than many expected.

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