FRANKFURT, Germany — It appears that Patriots quarterback Mac Jones praises a query when he likes the subject material.
It occurred twice Friday when Jones held court docket at DFB Campus, the place the German nationwide soccer staff trains, forward of Sunday’s recreation towards the Colts at Frankfurt Stadium.
The first time was when a reporter requested identified that the offensive line was bettering earlier than asking if Jones felt extra comfy within the pocket.
“Good. That’s a great point,” Jones stated. “They’re doing a good job up there. I need to sit in there, go through my reads and execute the offense. They’ve done a great job in recent weeks and they’re improving every week along with the skill players, the receivers, tight ends and running backs. We’re all in it together. It takes 11 people and it’s very important as the quarterback to make sure that we’re all on the same page.”
The Patriots’ offensive line has performed a lot better with the return of Cole Strange and after shifting rookie Sidy Sow to proper guard and normal proper guard Mike Onwenu to proper sort out.
The subsequent time it occurred was when a European reporter requested Jones if he would really feel extra comfy airing the ball out extra with huge receivers and offensive linemen getting more healthy.
“That’s a great question. I think, like you said, every week is a different game plan. There’re different people playing sometimes because of injury, and that’s every team. The biggest thing is how can I execute the game plan? I always say take what the defense gives. So, if they give you that, the deeper throw, then take it. If you’ve got time, then you’ve got to take it, and I can do a better job with that,” Jones stated.
“At the same time, you can’t force, right? You can’t press. You have to read the play for what it is based on that play. That’s a great question, and I think there are offenses around the league that you see that do that a lot, and some of them are more run the ball, do this and that. So, it really depends on the day and game plan and team, really.”
Jones went on to explicitly say he likes throwing deep.
“I actually threw the ball pretty good last year deep, statistically, and there were some things that were good there,” Jones stated. “I want to do that every year. I like throwing the ball deep. I did it in college a lot, and I had a lot of success. It’s definitely in my blood and I want to do that, so got to improve there and make it work.”
Jones is simply 6-of-20 for 133 yards with three touchdowns on passes of 20-plus yards this season, per PFF. He ranks twenty third in PFF’s deep passing grade, sixteenth in deep makes an attempt and thirtieth in deep completions. He was 26-of-67 for 808 yards with 4 touchdowns and 5 interceptions throwing deep final season. He was twenty first in deep passing grade, eleventh in deep passing makes an attempt and ninth in deep passing completions.
Early struggles by the offensive line wasn’t permitting Jones to attend for receivers to get open deep, and there have been points with Jones’ go catchers, as properly. Two of Jones’ deep incompletions have been drops, and the Patriots’ huge receivers rank among the many NFL’s worst in separation.