Mac Jones out of Patriots’ practice with illness

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Patriots quarterback Mac Jones‘ back injury didn’t keep him from practicing yesterday, but an illness is keeping him from practicing today.

The Patriots announced that Jones will not practice today because of an illness. The nature of the illness has not been disclosed.

Behind Jones on the depth chart are veteran Brian Hoyer and rookie Bailey Zappe. Hoyer would start on Sunday against the Steelers if Jones can’t go.

Jones has never missed a game in his NFL career, starting all 17 games as a rookie in 2021 and starting last week against the Dolphins.

15 responses to “Mac Jones out of Patriots’ practice with illness

  1. They need to revamp this WR core next year and unleash Mac. Trying play it safe is hurting his confidence and teams.

  2. pats92 says:
    September 15, 2022 at 1:29 pm

    They need to revamp this WR core next year and unleash Mac. Trying play it safe is hurting his confidence and teams.

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    Mac is struggling to connect with Parker his WR1 after working together all offseason. That’s not a good sign. Reminds me of OBJ and Baker situation in Cleveland. How long before Parker gets frustrated about lack of catches?

  3. I don’t know. Mac did not look right in his most recent interview on Patriots.com — his eyes usually sparkle a bit, and he usually has a smile or two, even after losing a game. Though he kept seeing his back was fine during that interview earlier this week, it looked to me like he was either hurting pretty badly and trying to concentrate on not showing how he really felt or else, perhaps, he was a bit loopy on pain pills. Either way, he didn’t look right to me, for what that’s worth. I hope this isn’t going to be one of those weird back problems that puzzle the trainers and doctors because I want to see just how far this young man can develop. I continue to think he has sufficient talent to bring the Pats back into contention.

  4. patsfan4lifedynasty says:
    September 15, 2022 at 2:33 pm
    pats92 says:
    September 15, 2022 at 1:29 pm

    They need to revamp this WR core next year and unleash Mac. Trying play it safe is hurting his confidence and teams.

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    Mac is struggling to connect with Parker his WR1 after working together all offseason. That’s not a good sign. Reminds me of OBJ and Baker situation in Cleveland. How long before Parker gets frustrated about lack of catches?

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    Well, you have to be open to get the ball, and separation is not a strength for Parker. Elevation for contested catches is a strength for him, but that’s not how you want to run an offense as a matter of routine. Teams with good Db’s are going to limit him. He had a chance to elevate on the pass into the endzone but he did not do it, and Howard did, climbing over him and batting the ball to a teammate for the pick. It’s just one game. There will be more opportunities. But again, his skillset is not what you want to hang your hat on. You can use it, but it’s preferable when it is in small bursts, as needed. The other guys need to pick it up. They are routinely running wrong routes, putting two receives in the same spot, or even running into each other. Players are not reading the defenses as if they are on the same page, nor are the O-Lineman, particularly Trent Brown. I hope Tyquan Thornton can help when he gets back. The injury was very unfortunate. I also think we may see a benching of Trent Brown, with Wynn going back to Left Tackle to play for another contract (motivation), and Marcus Cannon going to Right Tackle, if he has anything left in the tank. It’s not ideal, and it means they will be in the market for more o-line help in the off season, but it may be their best option going forward unless Trent Brown suddenly gets in playing condition and gets his head on straight. The strip sack for a TD in Miami was largely on him, but he is not the only O-Lineman misreading things and leaving players unblocked, or, failing to obtain proper left/right leverage on their opponents, resulting in blown up plays.

    Mac is going to say he is fine no matter what, and play no matter what, unless Dr’s rule him out. It goes with the territory. Unfortunately his hands are tied in this offense. Players are making wrong reads, and it’s resulting in confusion and mistakes for him as well, and he does not seem to have the authority to change plays at the line that he knows are being run against bad defensive looks, which is further hampering his performance. Again, it’s just one game, and it is not unusual for the Patriots to look like this early in the season. However, in the past we had trust in Brady. We haven’t seen it yet with Mac at the wheel, but I anticipate we will. I just hope it is in time to salvage the season. More will be revealed.

  5. Regardless of illness, Mac is simply not a franchise QB. We can give him the Tebow treatment all we want. That will not change the fact. He may become a serviceable back up in the right system.

  6. Yes, Trent missed the block on the strip sack.

    Parker didn’t elevate on the interception because he was held for a good seven yards.

    Mac had a couple of floaters.

    What I saw limiting Mac was the delay in getting to the line. He needs time to survey the D and he wasn’t getting it. Fix that and he will as good or better as last year.

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