What Mac Jones mentioned about Tom Brady’s mentorship, Matt Patricia, and extra on WEEI


“He’s undoubtedly a legend, and I’ve all of the respect for him. He’s an important man.”

Matt Patricia(left) keeps an eye on qb Mac Jones firing a pass as the New England Patriots held their 2nd day of training camp on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium on Thursday morning.
Matt Patricia and Mac Jones did not have the perfect partnership through the 2022 season. John Tlumacki/Globe Workers

Patriots QB Mac Jones appeared on WEEI’s “Jones & Mego” present on Tuesday afternoon, referring to quite a lot of subjects similar to Tom Brady’s return to New England, Matt Patricia, and far more.

Listed below are a couple of highlights from Jones’ prolonged radio interview:

Jones credit Tom Brady’s mentorship

With Tom Brady set to make his anticipated return to Gillette Stadium on Sunday night, Jones mirrored on the legendary QB’s profession in New England and his impression on Jones’ personal tenure with the Patriots.

Given Brady’s in depth resume, it was to be anticipated for Jones to hitch the lengthy listing of Patriots personnel heaping reward on Brady this week.

However the Patriots’ present QB 1 additionally shared that Brady has taken an lively function as a useful resource for him as he tries to entrench himself as New England’s beginning quarterback for the lengthy haul.

“He’s undoubtedly a legend, and I’ve all of the respect for him,” Jones mentioned of Brady on Tuesday. “He’s an important man. He’s truly helped me quite a bit already, simply speaking to him or no matter. And he’s been an important mentor and stuff. … He’s an important participant. I really like watching his movie. He pops up on sport tape, clearly, from final yr and every part, too. So, he’s all the time on the movie doing the appropriate factor. So, simply attempting to be taught from him — and he’s been superior.”

Brady and Jones by no means overlapped in New England, with Jones drafted by the Patriots over a yr after the longer term Corridor of Famer signed with the Buccaneers in free company.

“I feel whether or not it was [Brian] Hoyer that was right here, or whoever, you meet lots of people which have recognized him and every part — the tales, too. In order that all the time helps, simply having the ability to be taught from that,” Jones mentioned of Brady’s affect. “And he’s all the time on the movie, so simply watching the footwork, the timing, his operation of every part, he’s undoubtedly the best to do it. And that’s why you need to watch him and be taught.”

Jones talks relationship with Matt Patricia

Brady just isn’t the one one in line for a reunion on the sector at Gillette Stadium on Sunday.

After a disastrous tenure because the Patriots’ offensive play-caller final season, longtime Patriots coach Matt Patricia will return to Foxborough on Sunday as a senior defensive assistant with the Eagles.

Regardless of his success as New England’s defensive coordinator from 2012-17, Patricia’s quick reign as the top of the Patriots’ offensive personnel led to lackluster returns in 2022.

Jones particularly struggled below the simplified schemes drawn up by Patricia and Joe Decide, with the second-year QB taking a major step again after incomes a Professional Bowl nod as a rookie in 2021.

However regardless of the entire dysfunction current on the 2022 Patriots — and Jones’ personal seen frustration at instances final yr — the Patriots QB took the excessive highway when requested Tuesday about his relationship with Patricia.

“Coach Patricia is a great man and I’ve plenty of respect for him,” Jones mentioned. “Actually loved truly working with him. We put in plenty of hours collectively. Positively shot him a textual content when he headed up there. I want him nothing however the perfect. I actually do respect him. I’ve plenty of good instances with him, too.”

The Eagles have already got a possible mismatch that they will exploit on Sunday, because the league’s prime move rush final season (70.0 sacks) can be licking their chops towards a banged-up New England offensive line.

“They’ve the perfect defensive position within the NFL,” Jones mentioned of the Eagles. “On the finish of the day, we simply must go on the market and compete, attempt to management what we will management, and perceive that we’re going towards a bunch of beasts.”

Jones additionally acknowledged that the Eagles ought to have the added benefit of Patricia on their workers, given his familiarity with varied elements of New England’s gameplan.

“It’s an important problem,” Jones mentioned of matching up towards Patricia and the Eagles. “As a competitor, you need to go on the market and never assume an excessive amount of. Play quick and play my sport. He’s an important coach. He’s coached in plenty of massive video games and stuff like that. They’ve acquired an important protection with plenty of nice gamers.”

A shifting QB room

The Patriots QB personnel was flipped on its head over the past week.

Throughout cut-down day, each Bailey Zappe and Malik Cunningham had been waived earlier than ultimately touchdown on the observe squad, whereas New England later picked up QB Matt Corral off waivers from the Panthers. 

“I feel it’s simply a part of the enterprise,” Jones mentioned of New England’s roster reshuffle. “I feel it’s actually exhausting for the coaches and GMs across the league who must make plenty of exhausting selections. It simply proves to be that the NFL is a enterprise. You’ve acquired to be prepared on daily basis. Simply work exhausting and concentrate on what you may management, proper?”

As for Corral, Jones has loads of familiarity along with his fellow sign caller from their collegiate days as SEC opponents.

“I performed towards him in faculty,” Jones mentioned of Corral. “He’s an important quarterback. Clearly, he was with the Panthers and stuff. He has good data, not solely from there however with Coach [Lane] Kiffin in faculty.”