New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones competed in the NFL Skills Showdown Thursday night. Here’s how the rookie did:
Jones was able to win Thread The Needle with 12 points, an event where the quarterback throws into either one of two walls with point-specific holes. The catch is, there’s a pair of defenders guarding each wall to block the throws. Jones tallied five three-point throws, but Cowboys defensive back Trevon Diggs intercepted a pass for -3 points, putting his total at 12 points. That was enough to pick up the win for the AFC.
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The 23-year-old first-time Pro Bowler picked up a four-pointer and four one-pointers during the Precision Passing challenge, as each contestant has one minute to hit a series of targets that vary in point totals. Jones and Raiders wide receiver Hunter Renfrow competed for the AFC, combining for nine points, while Russell Wilson and Justin Jefferson dominated the two with Wilson picking up 25 points en route to an NFC victory.
Jones didn’t have much luck in dodgeball either, as the quarterback was the first person eliminated for the AFC before the NFC would win, which captured the Skills Showdown win for the NFC.
The Pro Bowl will be Sunday at 3 p.m. EST, in which Jones will be joined by Patriots’ Matt Judon, Matthew Slater, and J.C. Jackson. Jones was added to the roster after several AFC representatives opted out of the Pro Bowl game.
As noted by Sports Illustrated, Jones will become part of a select few Patriots that made the Pro Bowl in their rookie year, joining Mike Haynes (1976), John Stephens (1988), Curtis Martin (1995), and Devin McCourty (2010).