June 19, 2024


“He’s positively a legend, and I’ve all of the respect for him. He’s an incredible man.”

Matt Patricia(left) keeps an eye on qb Mac Jones firing a pass as the New England Patriots held their 2nd day of training camp on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium on Thursday morning.
Matt Patricia and Mac Jones did not have one of the best partnership throughout the 2022 season. John Tlumacki/Globe Employees

Patriots QB Mac Jones appeared on WEEI’s “Jones & Mego” present on Tuesday afternoon, relating quite a lot of matters similar to Tom Brady’s return to New England, Matt Patricia, and way more.

Listed below are a couple of highlights from Jones’ prolonged radio interview:

Jones credit Tom Brady’s mentorship

With Tom Brady set to make his anticipated return to Gillette Stadium on Sunday night, Jones mirrored on the legendary QB’s profession in New England and his impression on Jones’ personal tenure with the Patriots.

Given Brady’s intensive resume, it was to be anticipated for Jones to affix the lengthy checklist of Patriots personnel heaping reward on Brady this week.

However the Patriots’ present QB 1 additionally shared that Brady has taken an energetic position as a useful resource for him as he tries to entrench himself as New England’s beginning quarterback for the lengthy haul.

“He’s positively a legend, and I’ve all of the respect for him,” Jones mentioned of Brady on Tuesday. “He’s an incredible man. He’s truly helped me lots already, simply speaking to him or no matter. And he’s been an incredible mentor and stuff. … He’s an incredible participant. I really like watching his movie. He pops up on sport tape, clearly, from final 12 months and the whole lot, too. So, he’s all the time on the movie doing the correct factor. So, simply attempting to study from him — and he’s been superior.”

Brady and Jones by no means overlapped in New England, with Jones drafted by the Patriots over a 12 months after the longer term Corridor of Famer signed with the Buccaneers in free company.

“I feel whether or not it was [Brian] Hoyer that was right here, or whoever, you meet lots of people which have identified him and the whole lot — the tales, too. In order that all the time helps, simply having the ability to study from that,” Jones mentioned of Brady’s affect. “And he’s all the time on the movie, so simply watching the footwork, the timing, his operation of the whole lot, he’s positively the best to do it. And that’s why you need to watch him and study.”

Jones talks relationship with Matt Patricia

Brady will not be the one one in line for a reunion on the sector at Gillette Stadium on Sunday.

After a disastrous tenure because the Patriots’ offensive play-caller final season, longtime Patriots coach Matt Patricia will return to Foxborough on Sunday as a senior defensive assistant with the Eagles.

Regardless of his success as New England’s defensive coordinator from 2012-17, Patricia’s quick reign as the pinnacle of the Patriots’ offensive personnel led to lackluster returns in 2022.

Jones specifically struggled below the simplified schemes drawn up by Patricia and Joe Decide, with the second-year QB taking a major step again after incomes a Professional Bowl nod as a rookie in 2021.

However regardless of all the dysfunction current on the 2022 Patriots — and Jones’ personal seen frustration at instances final 12 months — the Patriots QB took the excessive highway when requested Tuesday about his relationship with Patricia.

“Coach Patricia is a brilliant man and I’ve a number of respect for him,” Jones mentioned. “Actually loved truly working with him. We put in a number of hours collectively. Undoubtedly shot him a textual content when he headed up there. I want him nothing however one of the best. I actually do respect him. I’ve a number of good instances with him, too.”

The Eagles have already got a possible mismatch that they’ll exploit on Sunday, because the league’s prime go rush final season (70.0 sacks) might be licking their chops towards a banged-up New England offensive line.

“They’ve one of the best line of defense within the NFL,” Jones mentioned of the Eagles. “On the finish of the day, we simply must go on the market and compete, attempt to management what we are able to management, and perceive that we’re going towards a bunch of beasts.”

Jones additionally acknowledged that the Eagles ought to have the added benefit of Patricia on their workers, given his familiarity with varied facets of New England’s gameplan.

“It’s an incredible problem,” Jones mentioned of matching up towards Patricia and the Eagles. “As a competitor, you need to go on the market and never suppose an excessive amount of. Play quick and play my sport. He’s an incredible coach. He’s coached in a number of large video games and stuff like that. They’ve bought an incredible protection with a number of nice gamers.”

A shifting QB room

The Patriots QB personnel was flipped on its head over the past week.

Throughout cut-down day, each Bailey Zappe and Malik Cunningham had been waived earlier than ultimately touchdown on the apply squad, whereas New England later picked up QB Matt Corral off waivers from the Panthers. 

“I feel it’s simply a part of the enterprise,” Jones mentioned of New England’s roster reshuffle. “I feel it’s actually laborious for the coaches and GMs across the league who must make a number of laborious selections. It simply proves to be that the NFL is a enterprise. You’ve bought to be prepared on daily basis. Simply work laborious and give attention to what you possibly can management, proper?”

As for Corral, Jones has loads of familiarity together with his fellow sign caller from their collegiate days as SEC opponents.

“I performed towards him in faculty,” Jones mentioned of Corral. “He’s an incredible quarterback. Clearly, he was with the Panthers and stuff. He has good data, not solely from there however with Coach [Lane] Kiffin in faculty.”