What Mac Jones mentioned about Invoice O’Brien, Ezekiel Elliott, Demario Douglas and extra on WEEI

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“It’s the Patriots [offense], however it’s additionally for me, it’s Alabama [offense] too.”

New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones, left, sets to pass next to offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien, before the team's NFL preseason football game against the Houston Texans on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2023, in Foxborough, Mass.
Mac Jones and Invoice O’Brien have developed a great rapport throughout coaching camp. (AP Photograph/Michael Dwyer)

Patriots QB Mac Jones appeared on WEEI’s “Jones & Mego” present on Monday afternoon, referring to quite a lot of subjects such because the state of New England’s offense, Isaiah Bolden’s standing, and rather more.

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

Jones continues to heap reward on Invoice O’Brien’s new system

One other day, one other interview the place Mac Jones is singing the praises of Invoice O’Brien and the Patriots’ revamped offense.

New England’s offensive unit was commonly caught within the mud final season, with a simplistic gameplan orchestrated by Matt Patricia and Joe Decide providing up little when it comes to selection or contingency plans for Jones and Co. if drives began to stall.

Beneath O’Brien, the Patriots have already rolled out a number of totally different seems and schemes, resulting in constructive positive aspects by each Jones and different key cogs of New England’s first-team offensive unit.

Putting in further pre-snap movement and run-pass choices has given Jones and New England extra choices in any given state of affairs, permitting extra gamers to contribute in vital phases of the sport.

“That’s one thing that’s cool about this technique that’s been right here for thus lengthy, it’s all in regards to the quarterback and getting us into the correct play, however it’s additionally all about everybody else, as a result of everyone needs to be on the identical web page,” Jones mentioned. “It takes 11 guys and we’re making an attempt to develop that a part of it, and sort of get again to what we will do rather well, and having a number of performs run at one time, and issues like that.

Having an offensive coordinator with O’Brien’s resume ought to assist craft a gameplan tailor-made to Jones’ strengths because the conductor of an NFL offense.

Not solely is O’Brien already well-versed in some hallmarks of the Patriots’ offensive schemes (together with Josh McDaniels’ system that Jones thrived in as a rookie), however he gained additional perception throughout his time as Nick Saban’s offensive coordinator at Alabama.

“It’s tremendous distinctive. It’s the Patriots [offense], however it’s additionally for me, it’s Alabama [offense] too, to not deliver up the previous an excessive amount of,” Jones mentioned of O’Brien’s offense. “He’s seen the system I ran at Alabama. … So he has plenty of data of not solely this technique however Alabama’s system, in order that’s cool for me, and plenty of guys on the staff actually respect that about him.”

In fact, the entire constructive positive aspects made by Jones and New England’s offense will have to be replicated on the sphere as soon as the common season begins.

However to date, Jones has loved the collaborative effort that normally performs out between a quarterback and his offensive coordinator, particularly throughout these vital preseason reps.

“He’s at all times very open to making an attempt issues, particularly throughout apply. However on the finish of the day, I do know he’s the coach, and he’s going to make the correct calls within the recreation, however it’s undoubtedly a partnership,” Jones mentioned of O’Brien. “You need to have the ability to work collectively no matter who your coach is each time you go on the market to have the belief in him, after which him to belief you to do the correct factor.”

Jones believes Ezekiel Elliott is already making an impression with Patriots

He’s solely suited up for 2 joint practices (just one that noticed him participate in full contact), however Ezekiel Elliott has already slot in along with his new Patriots teammates, in response to Jones.

“I believe Zeke, simply speaking with him and hanging out with him, he’s superior,” Jones mentioned. “He’s only a nice man. I really feel like he’ll add plenty of, not solely on the sphere, however issues off the sphere. He simply looks as if an awesome chief.

“He’s already bringing the juice to the practices, and I really like that about him. We’ve undoubtedly acquired plenty of stuff that we wish to work on collectively, however he’s already working actually onerous within the playbook and every little thing.”

Elliott didn’t play throughout Saturday’s preseason recreation in opposition to the Packers. However the former All-Professional operating again is predicted to be a key piece on New England’s offense, serving as the following man up behind Rhamondre Stevenson on the depth chart and including extra pass-catching and pass-blocking wrinkles to the Patriots’ roster.

“Mondre’s doing an awesome job, and the entire operating again room,” Jones mentioned. “I believe [running backs coach] Vinnie [Sunseri] does an awesome job in there simply conserving everyone to that customary.

“There isn’t plenty of dropoff between gamers, which I really like. You’re in there with one man, you’re in there with a distinct man, however you realize that they know what to do, and you’ve got the boldness in everybody.”

Jones not shocked by Demario Douglas’ robust begin

Demario Douglas has solely performed sparingly in New England’s first two preseason video games in opposition to the Texans and Packers.

However given his common stand-out performances throughout coaching camp and joint practices, the case could be made that the 2023 sixth-round decide has already earned himself a spot on New England’s 53-man roster, and Invoice Belichick and Co. try to restrict simply how a lot movie groups can compile on the rookie throughout preseason motion.

Despite the fact that the speedy Douglas has put himself on the radar of many NFL followers and expertise evaluators this summer time, don’t rely Jones as somebody who didn’t know that the 22-year-old wideout had excessive potential within the NFL ranks.

“Shock is an fascinating approach to put it, proper? As a result of I’ve sort of identified him for a very long time and I do know what he’s able to,” Jones mentioned of Douglas. “He’s not the biggest-framed man, not probably the most spectacular whenever you see him. However whenever you see him on the sphere you’re like, ‘OK, this child can play soccer,’ and that’s what I really like about him.

“He simply has an enormous coronary heart, needs to go on the market and win and he’s gonna proceed to do this,” Jones added. “I do know that he’s constructed from the correct stuff and actually preferred his persona, too. He’s actually humorous and brings plenty of juice to the sphere. So undoubtedly glad that he’s with us proper now and simply gotta preserve pushing alongside and making these performs.”

Jones mentioned Isaiah Bolden is “doing higher”

Jones supplied a constructive replace on rookie cornerback Isaiah Bolden, who wanted to be taken off the sphere on a stretcher throughout Saturday’s preseason recreation in opposition to the Packers. Bolden’s harm prompted the groups to finish the sport early with 10:29 left within the fourth quarter.

Bolden spent Saturday night time within the hospital, however was discharged on Sunday and traveled again to Foxborough with the remainder of the staff.

“Undoubtedly a scary state of affairs. I’ve identified him for a very long time,” Jones mentioned of Bolden. “And undoubtedly he’s doing higher, which I do know for a truth. And I did see him and he did give me a smile. In order that was actually good.

“You by no means wish to see anyone go down like that on the soccer area or actually any area, proper? It’s robust. So simply felt like we made the correct transfer and simply making an attempt to wish for him. And I’m simply glad that he’s doing higher.”


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