Obviously, it’s been a rough couple of weeks for New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones, who it appears has seen some of his recent troubles extend onto the practice field.
According to The MMQB’s Albert Breer, Jones has apparently been having moments in practice against his own defense that were red flags, which is starting to cause guys around him to lose confidence.
“It feels to me like a team that knows it doesn’t have a chance. A team that somewhere in the back of its head knows that no matter how well it plays, it doesn’t have the horses to win,” said Breer. “And no matter how well its quarterback plays, he doesn’t have the juice to be able to pull up everybody around him.”
“This is something that showed up in practice. What we saw against Dallas, what we saw against New Orleans, has shown up from Mac Jones in practice to the point where defensive players have called it out in practice and said, ‘You can’t do that, that’s going to get picked off, that’s going to create a turnover.’ And the fact it’s happening in games is a problem and it’s going to cause the team to lose confidence in its quarterback.”
Breer went on to explain that there’s a lack of confidence in Jones internally, which will likely see the coming weeks determine his future here in New England.
“I don’t sense a lot of internal confidence in Mac Jones right now. The way I look at it, they have 12 games left to figure out whether or not he’s the quarterback of the future. So they better do what they can to try to get his confidence back to the point where they can get a clear read on who he is.”
If true, that’s certainly not great news. Obviously, Jones has regressed dramatically compared to the first three weeks of the season, and the fact that this appears to be happening against his own defense is concerning, especially given how bad things have been the last two weeks.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: Portions of the above appeared in this morning’s daily news and notes column.)
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