What Mac Jones stated about Tom Brady’s mentorship, Matt Patricia, and extra on WEEI


“He’s undoubtedly a legend, and I’ve all of the respect for him. He’s an important 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 in the course of the 2022 season. John Tlumacki/Globe Employees

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

Listed here are just a few 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 influence 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 lively function as a useful resource for him as he tries to entrench himself as New England’s beginning quarterback for the lengthy haul.

“He’s undoubtedly a legend, and I’ve all of the respect for him,” Jones stated of Brady on Tuesday. “He’s an important man. He’s truly helped me rather a lot already, simply speaking to him or no matter. And he’s been an important mentor and stuff. … He’s an important participant. I really like watching his movie. He pops up on recreation tape, clearly, from final yr and all the pieces, too. So, he’s all the time on the movie doing the best factor. So, simply making an attempt 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 yr after the long run Corridor of Famer signed with the Buccaneers in free company.

“I believe whether or not it was [Brian] Hoyer that was right here, or whoever, you meet lots of people which have identified him and all the pieces — the tales, too. In order that all the time helps, simply with the ability to study from that,” Jones stated of Brady’s affect. “And he’s all the time on the movie, so simply watching the footwork, the timing, his operation of all the pieces, he’s undoubtedly the best to do it. And that’s why you wish 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 particularly struggled beneath the simplified schemes drawn up by Patricia and Joe Choose, with the second-year QB taking a major step again after incomes a Professional Bowl nod as a rookie in 2021.

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

“Coach Patricia is a great man and I’ve loads of respect for him,” Jones stated. “Actually loved truly working with him. We put in loads 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 loads of good occasions with him, too.”

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

“They’ve one of the best line of defense within the NFL,” Jones stated of the Eagles. “On the finish of the day, we simply should go on the market and compete, attempt to management what we will management, and perceive that we’re going in opposition to 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 features of New England’s gameplan.

“It’s an important problem,” Jones stated of matching up in opposition to Patricia and the Eagles. “As a competitor, you wish to go on the market and never assume an excessive amount of. Play quick and play my recreation. He’s an important coach. He’s coached in loads of large video games and stuff like that. They’ve bought an important protection with loads 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 finally touchdown on the apply squad, whereas New England later picked up QB Matt Corral off waivers from the Panthers. 

“I believe it’s simply a part of the enterprise,” Jones stated of New England’s roster reshuffle. “I believe it’s actually exhausting for the coaches and GMs across the league who should make loads of exhausting choices. It simply proves to be that the NFL is a enterprise. You’ve bought to be prepared daily. Simply work exhausting and give attention to what you’ll be able to 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 in opposition to him in faculty,” Jones stated of Corral. “He’s an important quarterback. Clearly, he was with the Panthers and stuff. He has good information, not solely from there however with Coach [Lane] Kiffin in faculty.”