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ESPN Announces New Contract For Mark Jones

Mark Jones at the 2011 NBA Draft.

Mark Jones at the 2011 NBA Draft.

One of the top play-by-play commentators for ESPN is sticking around for the long haul. On Friday, the network announced a multi-year contract extension for Mark Jones.

Jones has been at ESPN for over three decades. He’s done an excellent job covering NBA and college football games for the network during that span.

In an official statement, Jones made it clear that he’s thrilled to remain a part of the ESPN family.

“This is where I want to be. I’m absolutely thrilled to continue this unimaginable journey through sports at ESPN with the most talented people in the industry,” Jones said, via ESPN Front Row. “I think about walking into the NBA Today and SportsCenter studios in 1990 with a chance to document the Michael Jordan-era Chicago Bulls, and almost 32 years later I’m covering another all-time legend in LeBron James. I’m

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Ja’Marr Chase overtakes Mac Jones as Rookie of the Year favorite

Rookie of the Year debate: Has Chase passed Jones entering Week 18? originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The race for the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award saw a dramatic swing in Week 17 thanks to a historic performance.

New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones entered Sunday’s games as the betting favorite for the award. He played quite well, too, throwing for 227 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions in a dominant 50-10 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Even though Jones was excellent, his performance was nowhere near as impressive as what we saw from Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase.

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Chase had one of the best games by a wide receiver in league history. He tallied 11 receptions for 266 yards and three touchdowns as the Bengals upset the Kansas City Chiefs to clinch

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NFL Week 4 rookie QB grades: Mac Jones looks serviceable; Zach Wilson, Justin Fields flash

Contrary to what a dictionary might tell you, “rookie” is actually spelled P-A-T-I-E-N-C-E.

Through three weeks, the 2021 NFL rookie quarterback class looked extremely average at times. The kids took a big step forward in Week 4, with Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, Justin Fields and Mac Jones putting forth their best efforts. Elsewhere, Trey Lance and Davis Mills played about how well as you’d expect, given their situations.

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Fields had the biggest mountain to climb coming off a poor starting debut in Week 3. He and the Bears would pick up a much-needed win over the Lions, pushing their record to 2-2 and giving the Chicago faithful a small peek into the future

The rookie QB class course-corrected some in Week 4. Here’s how it shook out:

Week 4 rookie QB grades

Davis Mills: F

Stats: 11/21, 87 yards, no touchdowns,

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What it means that Mac Jones almost outdueled Tom Brady in Patriots’ loss



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Jones looked like the better quarterback in his “duel” with Brady on Sunday. But how much of a moral victory can Patriots fans really take from that?

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Mac Jones reacts against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

As Mac Jones said after Sunday’s deflating loss to Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers in primetime, he’s not really into the concept of “moral victories.”

The weight of the Patriots’ 1-3 start seemed to fall on the rookie as he sat with his head down on the New England bench after Nick Folk’s go-ahead, 56-yard field goal clanged off the left upright at Gillette Stadium like a death knell to his team’s chance of winning the game.

He’s not used to losing this much. He certainly didn’t go 1-3 at any point at Alabama.

But if there’s a silver lining to what the Patriots have gone through this season,

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