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Some might call it introspection. Others may call it deep reflection.
As the Patriots look to revive their offense ahead of Sunday’s rematch with the Jets, Patriots quarterback Mac Jones described his bye week as a time for a “full audit” of himself from head to toe. feet.
“I think a lot of us work on different things every day and the week off is the perfect time to do that,” Jones told reporters on Wednesday. “For me, it’s about making sure my feet and my eyes are in the right place and continuing to go through my readings and continuing to improve in the weight room, nutrition, all that stuff. so is a complete audit of yourself, I suppose you could call it.
Jones said he’s encouraged by the adjustments the Patriots are making. But, New England is still searching for its offensive identity more than halfway through the season.
The Patriots have clearly regressed on offense compared to last season. New England is in the bottom third of the league in yards per game. Only three teams, the Saints, Bills and Colts, have so far given up as many turnovers as the Patriots.
Some of that is to be expected without longtime offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who left to coach the Las Vegas Raiders. The Patriots are using a new system with new offensive coaches and a second-year quarterback.
“I think he’s constantly trying to figure out the identity,” Jones said. “Every offense finds that over the year… We have to work through that. At the end of the day, we know what we want to do. We need to score more points and eliminate turnovers and negative plays. That’s kind of where we are.
The addition of offensive lineman David Andrews, who has been out since suffering a concussion in the Bears game, should help the Patriots who are almost back to full strength.
New England had only one player, defensive lineman DaMarcus Mitchell, who missed practice Wednesday. The only offensive player listed on the injury report was wide receiver DeVante Parker, who was a limited participant with a knee injury.
The time off also helped Jones, who missed several weeks with a sprained ankle.
“I think it was good for everyone,” Jones said. “In the NFL, obviously when you get your week off, you have the opportunity to rest your body, your mind, whatever. For me, that definitely helped. Other guys are busy with other things, they got the rest they needed, so we’re thrilled for this one.
Jones said he was pleased with the progress he made during his audit. Now is the time to apply the knowledge he has acquired.
“I think a lot of things are personal to me, things that I want to keep to myself,” Jones said. “There are a lot of things I can improve, footwork, timing, eyes, everything I try to improve every week, whatever. Undoubtedly purring an extra accent on it and trying to match everything.
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