Mac Jones had his best game as a pro on Sunday, but the rookie QB is deflecting the credit when asked about the win against the Browns.
“I think it starts with the offensive line, they deserve all the credit in the world.” said Jones when asked about the Patriots’ “offensive explosion” last week.
The return of Trent Brown seemed to give the offensive line a major boost in both the pass and run game, and he will be crucial for this offensive unit moving forward. Credit must also be given to the coaching staff, who devised an excellent plan to disarm Myles Garrett, Jadeveon Clowney, and the rest of the Cleveland pass rush. Josh McDaniels called screen passes and frequently chipped Garrett on passing plays to slow him down.
Jones was 19-of-23, giving him a completion percentage of 82.6 on the day. Although he only threw for 198 yards, his quarterback rating was a very impressive 142.1 to go along with three touchdown passes and a 92.6 PFF grade.
New England is currently riding a four-game win streak.
The stat line was also far from the most impressive part of his performance on Sunday, which would be the eye test. Jones made a few eye-opening throws, mainly an incredibly precise touchdown pass to Kendrick Bourne.
The ball was placed perfectly, where only Bourne could grab it. When asked about the play Jones praised Bourne’s ability to make a play on the ball.
“KB ran a good route…he also made a really good catch. There were two guys right there, and he just said that’s my ball and made the play,” said Jones.
Jones made several excellent throws to Hunter Henry — including a pair of touchdown passes — who seems to have developed a great connection with the rookie.
“Hunter does a great job getting open, and he has a really good feel for red-zone offense,”
Henry now has seven touchdowns in the previous seven weeks and has been a great option for Jones in the red zone.
Jones and the Patriots will have a quick turnaround due to their Thursday night game against Atlanta, but if his press conference was any indication, the QB is feeling confident heading into week 11.
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