Mac Jones’ Patriots legend grows with wink, missing football

Mac Jones may need already added one thing to his lore within the blink of a watch.

During Sunday’s recreation, the signal-caller appeared to wink on the opposition. The snap of Jones’ left eye got here seconds earlier than a play in the course of the Patriots’ 17-16 loss to the Dolphins.

Jones bent right down to take the snap from middle David Andrews, however then glanced up and appeared to wink within the route of Elandon Roberts, who left New England for Miami in free company in 2020 after 4 years with the Patriots.

The Alabama product went 29-for-39 with 281 yards and a landing, with out an interception.

But the 2 different storylines that emerged — the response after his first landing go and the pre-snap wink — might replicate a persona that continues to emerge extra as Jones evolves as an expert quarterback.

Also in his NFL debut, Jones — New England’s 2021 first-round choose — threw his first landing with 2:30 left within the second quarter when he fired a go to Nelson Agholor. The offense jogged again towards the sideline, and Agholor handed the ball to Jones. But the rookie stuffed it again in his wideout’s intestine. Agholor tried once more. This time, Jones took it earlier than turning towards his proper, the alternative aspect, and giving it to Brian Hoyer as an alternative.

The backup quarterback clenched the ball with his one hand and simply tapped Jones’ helmet with the opposite. On Monday, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels mentioned “I don’t really know where that football is.”

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“That doesn’t really matter,” Jones mentioned about that response postgame. “It was one touchdown. We gotta score more. It’s not like the game was over right there.” 

Jones continued his answer by referencing the necessity for extra red-zone touchdowns. Three drives into Miami territory ended with area targets, and the landing to Agholor was the one TD the offense managed.

“Mac competed hard,” head coach Bill Belichick mentioned, whereas additionally repeatedly referencing the necessity for everybody — gamers in any respect positions and coaches — to make enhancements earlier than their Week 2 recreation towards the Jets.

The wink, and the dearth of a primary landing celebration, would possibly simply replicate how simple these developments might come for the quarterback.

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