FOXBOROUGH, Massachusetts. Quick thoughts and notes on the New England Patriots and the NFL:
1. Mac Support System: Patriots players have a quarterback Mac Jones‘ Back.
This has been one of the buzzing topics this past week as the Patriots (1-1) prepare to host the Baltimore Ravens (1-1) at Gillette Stadium on Sunday (1pm EST, Fox).
Jones and the Patriots are off for their first win of the season, though parts of the quarterback’s sophomore performance – most notably an early interception and a potential pick dropped in the second half – drew some criticism through the media.
Some players don’t seem fond of it.
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An expressive moment unfolded on Wednesday as an old captain Devin McCurty He was answering reporters’ questions in the media duty room, and Jones was waiting in the corner for his turn.
Perhaps McCourty sensed the opportunity to boost Jones as he listened, and responded by shooting a respected longtime Patriots reporter. The reporter asked a question about scrutinizing young players and Jones’ progress in 2022, comparing McCourtty’s fruitful rookie season before declining in the second year.
“I would say, first of all, there aren’t many people who watch football who understand how to play quarterback. Regardless. McCurty replied.
“It would be crazy if he built his career on what people write and say about him, because for example, there aren’t many who have played this position at a high level and they can do it consistently. You graduate, you play a rookie, you have success, it sucks to say but everyone is waiting. He writes bad things about you.This is how it all works.
“I think he knows, in this building, everyone in the dressing room believes in him. Everyone in that locker room sees him as not just our midfielder, but a captain for this team, the captain of this team.”
McCourty’s last answer, and as he turned away from the microphone to head for the exit, Jones gently clapped his hands The two exchanged handshakes and smiles.
Notably, other veteran players have noted Jones running a new offense in his second season in the NFL, as he adjusts to a new training setup without former Patriots coordinator Josh McDaniels. Of course, as they say, there will be an adaptation period.
In the team’s 1-1 start last season, Jones was 51st out of 69 for 467 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions.
Starting 1-1 this season, he was a 42-year-old from 65 yards for 465 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
When asked what he noticed from Jones regarding handling criticism, for the second year in a row ramundre stevenson He said, “He is a very mature quarterback. He knows what we have to do to get through this long season, and the steps we have to take. I have all my confidence in this guy.”
Stevenson is not alone. This has been evident throughout the locker room for the past week.
2. Amal Myers: By the time the Patriots finished their final practice of the week on Friday, the main receiver was Jacoby Myers (Left Knee) She hasn’t given up hope of playing Sunday against the Ravens even though she hasn’t trained all week. The 48 hours leading up to kick-off are key, as he heads toward deciding on match time – with the only caveat that coach Bill Belichick can play it safe regardless, taking the decision out of Myers’ hands. The injury initially occurred in the pre-season final against the Raiders and Myers and he has dealt with varying levels of discomfort since then.
3. Bourne Letter: receiver Kendrick Burne He was having lunch in his locker on Friday when a reporter approached. The gist of his message was clear: WNo matter what we’re talking about, just don’t make it about me. “I’m happy here,” Bourne said. “Of course, I want to play. But I want to help in any way I can.” Bourne’s playing time was a hot topic after the first week when he only played two shots. He played 23 in Week 2, as the Patriots go about five deep in reception with Myers, Devante ParkerAnd the Nelson AgulurWoburn and Lil Jordan Humphrey. If Myers can’t go on Sunday, Bourne’s playing time could go up even more.
4. Billing installation: How critical were the bills to its victories? All of their past 20 regular season wins have been by at least 10 points, a tie with the 1941-42 Bears for the longest streak in NFL history, according to Elias. The last time they won by less than 10 points was in a 24-21 victory over the Patriots on November 1, 2020. This was the match where Cam Newton The Patriots were on the cusp of a strapped lead or game win, before fumbling them away with 31 seconds left.
5. Judon’s Journey: The Patriots are out at full back Matthew Goodon He faces his former team, the Ravens, on Sunday. he said that he “Just another gameGodon also credits the Ravens for helping him acclimate to the Patriots.” The locker room and the guys who were in the changing room, sort of translates here. They’re ready to accept you,” Godon said, adding that both teams are built on a winning culture. We’ve seen places where good players go to some teams and it just doesn’t seem right. I think I fit well because everyone in the locker room kissed me.”
6. Praise Humphrey: Humphrey, the big-bodied receiver, got a quick promotion from the coaching staff to the Patriots’ 53-man roster after the first week of the season, with Belichick saying, “He’s an interesting guy. He doesn’t really fit a mold for a particular position, but he’s a good footballer.” Glad he’s there.” Humphrey’s interception and capture in the final round last week were contributing factors to the first team’s victory. Furthermore, the Patriot missiles carry only narrow ends (Hunter Henry And the Juno Smith) and the 6-foot-4, 225-pound Humphrey is somewhat of the No. 3 option out there, too.
7. Touting Stout: Rising crows gambler Jordan Stout The Patriots were highly regarded in this year’s draft, according to a source, but his selection window closed after New England tasked South Dakota with backtracking. Pierre Strong Jr.. In the fourth round (127). The Ravens Stout, of Pennsylvania, picked after three picks, and now the Patriots will face him on Sunday. Back then, the Patriots were navigating unique contract negotiations with the incumbent Jake Baileywho later signed the extension.
8. Welfork Story: Patriots Hall of Fame Recruiter Vince Welfork He told a story last week of how he was reading Jack Tatum’s book “They Call Me Assassin” until about 2 a.m. the day before the Patriots faced the Ravens in the AFC Championship game on January 22, 2012. It was a game Wilfork said he was most proud of. — He made two plays in short-term situations to help with the victory — and he praised the safety book of Super Bowl champion Salama Tatum, whose nickname was “Assassin,” for entering the game with a mindset of control.
9. Pepper Number: Despite doing his best, safety Gabriel Peppers He couldn’t keep the No. 5 – which he wore in Michigan – from the veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer. “It wasn’t close,” Peppers said. “So I got the second best thing.” That’s how Peppers, who wanted number one after donning No. 22 and 21 with the Browns and Giants, respectively, ended up third in New England.
10. Did you know? The Patriots’ 24 points are their lowest in two games since 2001, when they scored 20, and they haven’t been kept below 40 in three games since 1995 (when they had 23).