Mac Jones ‘Not Really’ Surprised To Be Named Patriots Starting QB

On Tuesday afternoon, rookie quarterback Mac Jones appeared on the WEEI Radio show, making his first comments to the media since being named the starter.

“He was a really good mentor to me. I know we’ll stay in touch,” Jones told Felger and Mazz. “Ever since I came here, he knew I was here to help him and he was here to help me, so I never felt like we were butting heads or anything like that.”

Jones was later asked whether he was surprised to be named the starting quarterback.

“Not really. Like I always say, I prepare to be the starter,” said Jones. “I got a chance to get a lot of reps. Nothing really changes. Just trying to be a good teammate, trying to learn the plays every day, fix what I messed up on, and listen to Josh [McDaniels] and all the guys in the quarterback room and take the advice.”

The Patriots will kick off their season on Sunday afternoon at 4:25 PM ET, when they take on the division rival Dolphins. Jones will also be facing his former Alabama teammate in Tua Tagovailoa.

“Tua is an awesome guy,” Jones said. “He’s really a good talented football player. Just learning from him and Jalen [Hurts] was great, obviously. Now that we’re all getting a chance here in the NFL, I think it will be cool to go up against each other.”

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