When the Patriots selected Mac Jones in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, there was certain skepticism around the rookie quarterback. However, it didn’t take long for him to prove the critics wrong.

Heading into his first year in the NFL, the Alabama Crimson Tide product beat Cam Newton for the starting job and it paid off. Jones led New England to its first playoff appearance since Tom Brady left Foxborough.

Ahead of Year Two, Jones once again has to prove how high his ceiling could be and whether he can really become the leader the Patriots need. According to wideout Jakobi Meyers, that won’t be a problem for Jones.

Jakobi Meyes believes Mac Jones is ‘the real deal’

“You say, ‘Has he taken control of the offense?’ That’s just a capital Yes — exclamation mark, exclamation mark,” Meyers said, per Dakota Randall of NESN. He’s the real deal. Just kinda what he sees, we’re all just trying to catch up to his mind, his vision.

I know him and the coaches have been doing a great job of relaying information to us, but ultimately when we’re out there, he tells us. And we ask him like, ‘How do you want it? Where do you want us to be? When do you want us to be there?’

“He’s been really adamant about what he says. He has a clear vision in his mind. It’s real easy to work with him because he puts us in the right direction and we’ve just gotta catch the balls he throws.”

Bill Belichick seemed sold on Jones from day one, and it was only a matter of time before he won the locker room as well. When the season gets underway in September, he’ll have to prove them right.