Mac Jones talks about teammates’ perception in him, Jakobi Meyers, and extra on WEEI


“I do really feel like I’ve a variety of respect from the fellows.”

New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones sitting on the bench after getting sacked for a saftey against the Las Vegas Raiders during fourth quarter NFL action at Allegiant Stadium.
Mac Jones and the Patriots are actually 1-5 on the season. Matthew J Lee / The Boston Globe

Patriots QB Mac Jones appeared on WEEI’s “Jones & Mego” present on Monday, concerning a wide range of subjects — together with his teammates’ confidence in him, Jakobi Meyers, DeVante Parker’s pricey drop, and extra. 

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

Jones pushes again on speak of teammates dropping religion in him

The case could be made that the 2023 Patriots season has already been misplaced, particularly after New England dropped two-straight video games in opposition to comparatively pedestrian opponents within the Saints and Raiders in Weeks 5 and 6.

However even earlier than New England dropped a 21-17 contest in Vegas on Sunday night, a story has been brewing relating to Jones and his standing on the high of New England’s depth chart.

After getting benched in back-to-back losses to Dallas and New Orleans, Andrew Callahan of the Boston Herald noted during a radio spot with “Jones & Mego” last Friday that “at the very least a couple of, however in all probability many” members of the Patriots’ group have been “firmly out” on Jones as QB1. 

When requested about these experiences on Monday, Jones pushed again in opposition to the assertion that he’s misplaced the belief of his teammates amid New England’s 1-5 begin to the brand new season.

“Yeah, I do,” Jones mentioned when requested if he believes his teammates nonetheless have belief in him. “I’ve a variety of respect for the fellows on our staff. I’ve been with these guys for, a few of them, three years, and a few of them I performed with in faculty or whatnot. I do really feel like I’ve a variety of respect from the fellows.

“There’s a variety of issues I wish to do higher as a participant, and that’ll actually change some issues. However on the finish of the day, I’ve bought to maintain working, they’ve bought to maintain working, and I do know they may, similar to all of us are. I do know it sucks and it’s irritating, however on the similar time, you’ve bought to maintain going ahead and see who desires to battle.”

Even when Jones hasn’t misplaced his base of assist in New England’s locker room, it stays to be seen how Jones and the Patriots can proper the ship amid quite a few points relating to porous O-line play, accidents up entrance, subpar playmakers, suspect teaching, and Jones’ personal lapses so far as determination making.

Despite the fact that Jones didn’t spend many of the second half of Sunday’s loss to the Raiders stapled to the bench, he was nonetheless knocked for a brutal interception that resulted in one other three factors for Vegas.

Jones has now been knocked for 5 interceptions in New England’s final three losses with zero touchdowns.

“I don’t deal with that stuff,” Jones replied when requested if he’s fearful about dropping assist with further losses. “I actually simply deal with exhibiting as much as work each day, attempting to be optimistic, actually simply working onerous and discovering out solutions to the take a look at. There are a variety of issues that can pop up, and my purpose is to determine how will we clear up these issues.

“It’s all about problem-solving, and we simply need to proceed to do this. Each week is completely different. Clearly, there’s a variety of issues we have to do higher.”

Coping with a “brief leash”

Callahan’s report was one among many narratives hanging over Jones going into Sunday’s matchup in Sin Metropolis.

Hours earlier than kick-off at Allegiant Stadium, NFL Community’s Ian Rapoport reported that Jones was going to be on a “brief leash” in opposition to the Raiders, particularly after back-to-back benchings.

“A poor opening few collection may doubtlessly set off one other QB to take snaps in Las Vegas,” Rapoport wrote.

In the end, Jones remained as New England’s main starter all through Sunday’s loss, with New England’s backup QB in Malik Cunningham utilized in additional of a gadget function with simply six whole snaps.

On Monday, Jones was requested if having such a brief leash and slim margin for error could make it tough for any QB to achieve the NFL ranks.

“Um, no,” Jones. “Simply because I don’t actually take note of that stuff. Clearly, we speak about it in interviews and reveals. For me, I simply wish to go on the market and attempt to execute somewhat bit higher every week and get higher. Each week’s completely different. Some weeks you’re gonna run the ball lots or play motion lots, and a few weeks you’re going to throw and do all these issues.

“It simply will depend on the week and I attempt to not deal with the entire feelings from the skin and actually simply deal with the staff, as a result of I actually care concerning the staff and I actually do have a extremely good relationship with a variety of the fellows. We wish to do higher. We’re attempting, we’re working, and we simply gotta proceed to do this.”

Meyers burns Patriots in Vegas

One participant who may assist Jones and the Patriots is Jakobi Meyers, who served as New England’s most reliable receiver for the earlier three seasons earlier than the staff opted to let him stroll in free company.

Meyers, who signed with the Raiders again in March, doled out some revenge in opposition to his former membership on Sunday, reeling in 5 catches on seven targets en path to 61 receiving yards and a landing in opposition to New England. 

Meyers is now as much as 30 catches, 335 receiving yards, and 4 touchdowns in 5 video games with Las Vegas — with the previous undrafted free agent out of NC State on tempo for profession highs in catches (85), yards (949) and touchdowns (11) along with his new staff.

In the meantime, New England’s high two receivers in JuJu Smith-Schuster and DeVante Parker have mixed for simply 222 receiving yards and nil touchdowns up to now this season.

“I talked to Jakobi and it’s a part of the NFL, proper? I imply, there’s at all times the draft and there’s at all times free company, so it’s at all times powerful to maintain all of your groups collectively,” Jones mentioned of Meyers leaving New England in free company. “However I’ve a variety of respect for Jakobi.

“Like I mentioned, he’s one among my closest mates across the NFL and he’s an excellent participant. So actually simply get pleasure from watching him and all of the stuff that he does on movie, on the sphere and and likewise off the sphere. Only a good man and all that.”

Parker’s pricey drop

On an evening the place New England got here up simply in need of a much-needed win, DeVante Parker’s brutal drop on the Patriots’ last drive at Allegiant Stadium looms giant.

Trailing 19-17 with New England by itself 9-yard line with 1:59 left, Jones uncorked a deep ball on second-and-11 for Parker, who was unable to reel it in.

Had Parker snagged the ball, it might have given the Patriots the ball near the Raiders’ 45-yard line, and in place to run a couple of extra performs to get into field-goal vary. As an alternative, New England’s offense stalled as soon as once more, with a security in opposition to Jones sealing the win for the Raiders.

Jones was requested about Parker’s pricey drop on Monday and the way a lot it looms over one more failed fourth-quarter comeback for New England.

“Yeah, DP’s finished an excellent job,” Jones mentioned. “He’s an excellent deep risk, in-cut runner and all these issues. So he did a variety of actually good issues and I’ve all the religion in him on the planet. So it’s only one little sport.

“On the finish of the day, we’re gonna preserve working, get the timing down and all that stuff. So you possibly can’t put it on one particular person or one play. On the finish of the day, it’s all of us collectively. And we’re going to stay collectively, as a result of that’s what good groups do.”