Mac Jones improved against the Jets, but was ‘super disappointing’ at times


Mac Jones’ stat line was decent. But that didn’t translate into points.

For the second game in a row, Mac Jones did not return the ball.

He completed all but four of his passes, and his receivers helped him with plenty of yards after the catch.

Overall, completing 85% of passes and throwing for 246 yards is a pretty decent performance. Even though he was sacked six times.

“I thought we were sticking together as a unit, not losing our temper and working together to try and win,” Jones said. “Obviously Marcus” [Jones] the return was the icing on the cake, but they are a good football team in a difficult environment. They played really well and were able to give them credit, and happy that we won, and it’s a great division win.

In the end, the Patriots had enough for a 10-7 win over the Jets, which illustrates both how well the New England defense played and how well opposing quarterback Zach Wilson looked lost. But Jones’ streak of being held to a touchdown or less continues. He still has no multiple touchdown performance 10 games into the season, and New England is now 3-8 in the red zone since Jones returned from injury.

“I think it’s super disappointing,” Jones said. “We put in too much work to get this result. I think it starts with us the execution part and then obviously trying to figure something out here make it work and get through this like you said a 35, 40 meter line and just see if we we can go through this and see what happens. Every time you move the ball towards the goal line, it’s good. When you back off for some reason, it doesn’t.

One of the ways Jones wants to open up the Patriots offense is to play more action plays.

“I think passing game action is a big part of every offense, and you want to be able to bring in the linebackers and the safeties and all that,” Jones said. “I really want to develop this. Something that we’ve done very well here in the past, and just try to do that and match everything that we do. Like I said, there’s fast throws, mid throws, long throws, game action, RPOs, screens, all that stuff.

“We want to do better. We obviously want to score more than three points,” Jones said. “It’s not good enough. I have to watch it and see what we can do better. It’s kind of the same story here. We’ll find out, but it takes time and execution. That’s what it’s about. Putting points on the board and not returning the ball is important, which we didn’t do today, that’s how we win games 95% if we don’t return it.


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