Rookie QBs in disparate situations meet when Pats visit Texans

Not only did New England rookie quarterback Mac Jones survive the sideshow last Sunday night that came with the Patriots hosting former franchise stalwart Tom Brady for the first time since he departed for Tampa Bay, but he excelled in what was a whirlwind of hype and ballyhoo.If there were any lingering questions regarding Jones’ combination of moxie and preparedness, they were answered by his play against the Buccaneers. And now, as the Patriots (1-3) set to face the Houston Texans (1-3) at NRG Stadium on Sunday, Jones is again displaying an advanced maturity following the Patriots trading veteran cornerback Stephon Gilmore to Carolina.”In the NFL, it just shows you’ve got to be present and be where your feet are,” Jones said when asked how he’s handling the noise. “Come to work every day and things will just play out depending on how much work you put in. So the more you put in, the more you get out of it.”By jettisoning Gilmore, the 2019 Defensive Player of the Year, the Patriots cemented their commitment to fourth-year cornerback J.C. Jackson, who started 11 games in 2020 and all four this season.”Do I think J.C. is a good player? Yeah,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick asked. “I think J.C. is a good player. He’s a very good player. He’s performed well for us, so yes. He’s a good corner. He’s a good player.”Rookie quarterback Davis Mills endured an unsightly performance in the Texans’ 40-0 loss to the Buffalo Bills last week, completing 11 of 21 attempts for 87 yards while tossing four interceptions and suffering three sacks. Mills led an offense that amassed just 109 yards.