May 18, 2024


“I might be laborious on him and attempt to increase that normal as a result of I do know the place he comes from.”

Mac Jones. AP Picture/Greg M. Cooper
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Mac Jones and Demario Douglas have identified about one another for years, going again to their days rising up in Jacksonville, Florida.

Now that they’re teammates right here in New England, the third-year quarterback and rookie receiver have a possibility to develop collectively because the offense progresses.

Douglas acquired a troublesome lesson in Week 2, when the Patriots benched him after he fumbled the ball towards Miami. Since then, he’s been carving out an even bigger position for himself.

He’s gotten the majority of the Patriots punt return duties with Marcus Jones out for the season. Douglas additionally posted a season-high 54 receiving yards in final week’s win towards Buffalo.

“I’ve identified him since I used to be little, and I do know that he’s all the time preventing an uphill battle or no matter,” Mac Jones mentioned. “He all the time talks bout his measurement and he’s all the time going to maintain preventing. I do know that about him. I might be laborious on him and attempt to increase that normal as a result of I do know the place he comes from. I understand how laborious he works and he’s going to deliver it each week.”

Jones mentioned the Patriots had been in a position to put extra strain on Buffalo’s protection with Douglas shifting round in pre-snap movement.

“Pop has carried out a superb job,” Jones mentioned. “I positively loved that a part of the sport. Simply targeted on, you already know, how can we try this to get guys open and creating areas within the protection that turn out to be open due to that. You see that across the NFL, loads of groups use movement, highschool soccer it’s huge, school soccer it’s been huge for some time so I’m positively having fun with watching different groups do it as nicely.”

Jones mentioned he’s targeted on constructing off of Sunday’s momentum, and doing the issues that labored nicely repeatedly.

“Do it over and over. Keep on with the method,” Jones mentioned. “Have expectations for your self and don’t take note of the opposite expectations. That’s going to be huge for me and it actually begins at observe. We attempt to concentrate on how you are able to do it once more and how one can stack good days collectively.”