October 20, 2021
October 18, 2021
Mac Jones‘confidence was demonstrated once again in a now viral moment of his first game in the NFL.
WPRI sports director Morey Hershgordon shared a video of Jones winking at the Miami Dolphins linebacker Elandon roberts before a break in Sunday’s 17-16 loss at Gillette Stadium, which has since been viewed more than 357,000 times on Twitter.
The rookie quarterback addressed the interaction with Roberts after the Patriots practice on Wednesday (Sept.15).
“It was just kind of fun and games,” Jones said via Boston.com. “It was right in the middle of the room. They actually like to call our room, so I was like ‘Ah. Nice catch. It was just fun and games.
Jones confirmed that he did not change his play call during cadence.
“Sometimes they don’t know the answers either,” Jones added.
The former University of Alabama star looked impressive in the Patriots’ 17-16 loss to the Miami Dolphins, throwing for 281 yards and one touchdown on 29 of 39 passes.
However, it was the moment after his first touchdown pass in his career that got the fans talking after the game.
Jones was shown handing the game ball to the wide receiver Nelson agholor, who caught the touchdown pass and attempted to deliver it to the first round as a souvenir.
While most rookie quarterbacks would choose to keep the ball, Jones provided the perfect example of “the patriotic way” when asked why he decided not to.
“Because it doesn’t really matter. It was a touchdown, we have to score more, ”Jones told reporters after the game via UNITED STATES TODAY. “It’s not like the game is over there. We need to do better in the red zone and get more touchdowns, and we will. “
Jones’ popularity among the Patriots fan base has skyrocketed since being selected as No.15 in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Fanatics revealed Jones had already placed second among the NFL’s best-selling jerseys since August 1, ahead of his regular-season debut, a spot ahead of the former Patriots quarterback. Tom brady, whose jersey dominated all NFL players last season, his first with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen at the top of the list, while the Chicago Bears rookie quarterback Justin Champs ranked fourth and quarterback in the Kansas City Chiefs Patrick muhammad ranked fifth.
Jones was officially named the Patriots starting quarterback on August 31 amid the team’s decision to release the former NFL MVP Cam Newton and months after being selected by New England for 15th overall in the NFL in 2021.
Jones led Alabama to a national college football championship and finished third in the Heisman vote behind his teammate DeVonta Smith and quarterback Clemson Trevor Laurent in his only season as a full-time starting quarterback for Alabama.
Jones threw for 4,500 yards, 41 touchdowns and four interceptions on 311 of 402 passes – while also registering a rushing touchdown – while leading the Crimson Tide to a 13-0 record in 2020.