FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Quick thoughts and notes about theNFL:
1. Mac's edge: Robert Kraft, Patriots owner said that in March the quarterbackJones was “respectful” of his rookie season, and that he believes Jones “has a little bit more edge than we've seen.”
It is now.
Two weeks remain for the Patriots in their offseason program. There is a mandatory minicamp on Tuesday-Thursday, and Jones's increased leadership has attracted the attention of his teammates.
Receiver: It's only at another level.ESPN. He's more relaxed and confident. He has muscle memory and he knows what's happening. [from having gone through it] OTAs, camp, and the entire season. He's more secure, locked-in and in his place.
Jones has the potential to be a team captain in his second NFL season. If that's how it turns out, Jones would join Jerod Mayo in rare company.As the Patriots' only second-year captain in Bill Belichick’s 23-year tenure as head coaches.
“He has a strong connection with all of the players. Bourne shared his pride in Jones' accomplishments, stating that it was not easy. “It's going to be a challenge for him, but he likes challenges like us all in the Patriot Building.
Jones' increased comfort level shows in practice as he shows pass-catchers the routes he is looking for. He ran a route that was wide-open to wide receivers on Tuesday.
One of the top observations from Patriots practice is Mac Jones' increasing comfort with WRs to communicate what he is looking at route-wise.
This video is from Tuesday after DeVante Parker does a rep. It shows one example.
It was important to roll the route instead of making a cut.
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“He's young, but he's already a leader.” Receiver: “That's what this group needs.”After being traded from Miami, he is now in his eighth NFL year and first season in New England. “I've only been here for a few week, but I still see it.”
A veteran cornerback was added: “He's a tremendous energy player on and off the fields. His confidence and his swagger are two things I love about him.
2. Balance act Start safetyHe arrived in town last week in order to participate in the final weeks of the offseason program for the team. He stated that he felt it was right to do it, even though it was hard for his wife Camille and their 8 month-old son Dylan to return home in Texas. Camille, a physician, works a hard job.
Phillips stated that he was at home as a father and a husband. “I'm sorry that I'm not able to spend more time with him, as this time is so important. However, I FaceTime with him each day to make sure he doesn’t forget my face.
3. Post-McDaniels era: What would the transition look like without Josh McDaniels as offensive coordinator? Bourne shared some of his time at the 47th Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Massachusetts Golf Classic last week. one player's perspective.
“It's been a great experience so far. Joe Judge, our newest Member [of the staff]Bourne stated that he is doing a fantastic job. “Really just new terminology. New words. Football is football. It's about learning new words and getting rid of the old ones. It's also about applying my talents to the new system.
The greatest mystery surrounding the Patriots is the extent to which their system has changed and how much staff is focused on experimentation.
“I think” [Judge is] This has put us in a good position to succeed. Bourne said that he is excited about the year so far, and added that his achievements as a rusher (12 runs, 125 yards, 10.4 average 2021) were among his personal highlights. “Hopefully, we'll have an amazing year. We'll watch and see how it turns out.”
4. CB questions: When asked the question, there is one position that stands out. “Do the Patriots have sufficient?” It is outside cornerback. Veterans ButlerThere, they were paired with the top returnees In the slot. Others were those who worked outside. His first work inside. Fourth-round draft pick Arizona State's stickiness in coverage could also play a role as he gains experience. “It's an excellent group. Butler stated that there was a lot of competition.
5. Thornton's arms: Patriots pick in second roundAfter a successful first season as a receiver, it's possible that his arm use to become a more fluid route runner and a better receiver could be the key. This is one area that he will be focusing on as he strives to become “1% better” every day.
Thornton is wearing a hat. temporary No. 51 In practice, Belichick's spring tradition of giving rookies unorthodox numbers to remind them of the most important things is still in place.
6. Asiasi's plan: Third-year Patriots will tighten their end at the second annual “TE University”, which takes place in Nashville, Tennessee from June 22-24.There are plans to be there. The 2020 third-round UCLA pick is there to learn more from the league. He has already appeared in 10 NFL games and recieved two touchdowns for 39 yards.
7. Keene's state: For tight ends, this is the year to make or break.Patriots' third-round 2020 pick might be H-back type. He has also been limited in the past two week due to an undisclosed injury he sustained at the first OTA exercise May 23. This setback, although minor, is a result of the series of poor breaks that Virginia Tech alumnus has suffered, including missing last season's IR.
8. Mandatory camp The Patriots will continue their work in the voluntary offseason programs with the mandatory minicamp. So, it's likely that this week's camp will be an extension of those efforts. Notable stories include the return of some players — left tackle, outside linebacker Receiver Among them. Harry, the 2019 first round pick, has a very slim chance of making the roster at his traditional spot, barring any injuries. Harry may have the best chance of making it to the depth chart by asking about a possible shift to tight end, to match Asiasi and Keene. .
9. Ernie in spotlight: Ernie Adams, Patriots football research chief, kept a low profile throughout his career. He retired in 2020. Adams was available for an extended interview about the “rare” episode of the “Podcast on Patriots.com with Matt Smith and Paul Perillo as co-hosts. What connects Russ Francis with , or from the 1970s Patriots teams to today ? Adams answers those questions with authority, which is rare in today's football world. Adams also enjoys a conversation full of rich football history.
10. Did you know that? Ryan Fitzpatrick is a veteran quarterback.After 17 seasons, he has appeared in 166 matches with 147 starts. Which team did he start against the most? The Patriots (13), followed closely by the Jets (12), Dolphins (10), and Colts (10).