Mac Jones’ improved diet is a point of attention as the season approaches


“It all comes down to trying to be a better player and a better person.”

Patriots quarterback Mac Jones participates in drills during practice. Steven Senne/AP Photo

In February, immediately after a strong rookie season, Mac Jones shared with ESPN his offseason goal of “cleaning up [his] diet.”

With training camp looming, it looks like Jones stuck with that idea, as the team was impressed with Jones’ fitness and conditioning at OTAs and the mandatory minicamp in June. He recently told NBC Sports Boston’s Phil Perry that he had “made significant progress in this area, fixing [his] body and feel comfortable and feel healthier and better.

Jones’ changes haven’t gone unnoticed by his teammates, as wide receiver Kendrick Bourne told reporters in May: “He’s in the best shape of his life. He looks really good. His stomach is gone.

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β€œIt all comes down to trying to be a better player and a better person. That was my goal this offseason,” Jones told Perry over the weekend. β€œI feel better, I feel confident and that’s which is important. I’m just gonna try to go out there and do my thing and lead everybody and help us come together as a unit.

“That’s kind of what it’s all about, and the offseason is a good time to sit down and relax a bit, but also try to make progress where you want to make progress, so I feel like I did that.”

On the heels of a rookie season in which Jones threw for 3,801 yards with 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions while completing 67.6% of his passes, his diet isn’t the only thing he’s been working on. .

Jones has also dedicated time to improving chemistry with his receivers and taking on a leadership role, sharing workout videos with Bourne, Jakobi Meyers, Nelson Agholor and new addition DeVante Parker in April.

Entering his second season (and the first without Josh McDaniels leading the offense), Jones’ improvements in diet and willingness to increase his leadership role are encouraging signs for the Patriots, who will have need Jones to step up as they enter the 2022-23 season with less talent than in years past.

Fans will get to see Jones’ slimmer physique for themselves when training camp officially begins on Wednesday, July 27.


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