Mac Jones may need already added one thing to his lore within the blink of a watch.
Throughout Sunday’s recreation, the signal-caller appeared to wink on the opposition. The snap of Jones’ left eye got here seconds earlier than a play through the Patriots’ 17-16 loss to the Dolphins.
Jones bent right down to take the snap from heart David Andrews, however then glanced up and appeared to wink within the route of Elandon Roberts, who left New England for Miami in free company in 2020 after 4 years with the Patriots.
The Alabama product went 29-for-39 with 281 yards and a landing, with out an interception.
However the two different storylines that emerged — the response after his first landing go and the pre-snap wink — might mirror a character that continues to emerge extra as Jones evolves as knowledgeable quarterback.
Additionally in his NFL debut, Jones — New England’s 2021 first-round choose — threw his first landing with 2:30 left within the second quarter when he fired a go to Nelson Agholor. The offense jogged again towards the sideline, and Agholor handed the ball to Jones. However the rookie stuffed it again in his wideout’s intestine. Agholor tried once more. This time, Jones took it earlier than turning towards his proper, the other facet, and giving it to Brian Hoyer as an alternative.
The backup quarterback clenched the ball together with his one hand and simply tapped Jones’ helmet with the opposite. On Monday, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels stated “I don’t actually know the place that soccer is.”
“That doesn’t actually matter,” Jones stated about that response postgame. “It was one landing. We gotta rating extra. It’s not like the sport was over proper there.”
Jones continued his reply by referencing the necessity for extra red-zone touchdowns. Three drives into Miami territory ended with area targets, and the landing to Agholor was the one TD the offense managed.
“Mac competed laborious,” head coach Invoice Belichick stated, whereas additionally repeatedly referencing the necessity for everybody — gamers in any respect positions and coaches — to make enhancements earlier than their Week 2 recreation in opposition to the Jets.
The wink, and the shortage of a primary landing celebration, would possibly simply mirror how straightforward these developments might come for the quarterback.