For one play, at the very least, the Patriots offense wasn’t so predictable.
On a 2nd-and-5 play on their second offensive possession within the first quarter, Matt Patricia threw in a brand new wrinkle.
Rookie cornerback and returner Marcus Jones joined the offense and it instantly paid dividends.
On his first offensive snap, he lined up within the slot, took a fast cross from Mac Jones, and was gone. He hauled 48 yards for a landing, which gave the Patriots a short-lived 7-3 lead.
Bills defender Damar Hamlin was the one participant with an opportunity to cease him, however waved in futility as Jones flew by him.
The play energized the group, and gave the Patriots a short spark early within the sport.
“That was a great play by him. He’s been making a lot of plays all around, and it was definitely a spark,” stated extensive receiver Kendrick Bourne. “That was a five-yard route that went for 40.”
For his half, Jones stated the play took a backseat to the tip outcome, a 24-10 loss. Unlike his scintillating 84-yard walk-off punt return landing in opposition to the Jets a couple of weeks again, this sport didn’t finish in victory.
“We definitely didn’t get the win that we wanted to get,” stated Jones. “That’s the main thing.”
Jones performed offense, protection and particular groups on the University of Houston final season. Since the Patriots made Jones a third-round choice, they’d solely used him at cornerback and as a returner till sticking him within the slot for a couple of snaps. He completed with two catches for 51 yards.
After the sport, Jones indicated that throughout the week, the coaches requested him to modify over and take some performs on offense with the potential for utilizing these performs within the sport.
“It was one of those situations where it was a week thing,” Jones stated, that means it was one thing new for the week. “Coach came up to me and asked me about different things. There ain’t too much to it after that. I just tried to do what coach said.”
Basically the play was referred to as, and Mac Jones needed to make a fast learn the protection, earlier than taking pictures it over to Marcus.
“Whatever he sees, that’s what we go with,” stated Jones.
Asked if he thought this may occur extra typically going ahead, Jones stated he didn’t know.
“It’s a week to week thing,” he stated. “Whatever I can do to help the team, I’m definitely going to do it.”
Jones stated it was good that the coaches trusted him to have a task in all three phases.
“It definitely means a lot,” he stated. “Just coming in and making sure I’m one of those people who’s going to keep my head down, and keep working . . . for the coaches to trust me, that means a lot.”