Two weeks ago, Malcolm Mitchell had zero touchdown catches and was a relative unknown in the NFL.
On Sunday, Mitchell found the endzone twice while being guarded by one of the best cornerbacks of the past decade in Darrelle Revis. His two touchdown proved to be huge as it gave the Patriots a 22-17 win over the rival New York Jets.
In the last two weeks Mitchell as three touchdown catches, as he hauled in his first last weekend on a 54-yard score against the 49ers. Against the Jets, he totaled five catches for 42 yards, but his touchdown catches came at key points in the game.
Mitchell’s first score of the day came in the second quarter on 4-yard catch from Tom Brady. The Patriots, who fell behind 10-0 early in the game, tied the game at 10 with the touchdown catch.
His second touchdown catch was even bigger, as it proved to be the game-winning score. He caught an 8-yard pass from Brady with 1:56 to go in the game. Both of the touchdowns came against Revis.
On the season, Mitchell now has 16 catches for 235 yards and three touchdowns. While not eye popping, that’s better than some rookies selected before Mitchell. Josh Doctson and Laquon Treadwell, first round picks in the 2016 NFL Draft, have combined for three catches and 81 yards. The Patriots took Mitchell with the 135th pick in the fourth round.
The wide receiver from Valdosta got off to a promising start with the Bulldogs, but a knee injury at the beginning of his junior year slowed his development. Mitchell redshirted and then missed several games in the 2014 season. In his senior season he ended up leading the Bulldogs in receiving despite playing with less than ideal quarterback play.
In addition to his football play, the Georgia product has gained notoriety for his charity work. Mitchell spends time reading to elementary school kids and has written a children’s book, “The Magician’s Hat”, which he also donates to schools.
With the win, the Patriots move to 9-2 on the season and continue to lead the AFC East. And their latest win was of Mitchell.