Mac Jones debuts with a stripped down look at Patriots OTAs

Mac Jones looks slim.

The Patriots quarterback showed up at OTA camp with a stripped-down look that has his teammates gushing ahead of his second pro season.

“He’s in the best shape of his life,” receiver Kendrick Bourne told reporters Monday. “He looks really good. His stomach is gone.”

Jones threw for 3,801 yards, 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions as a rookie and learned some lessons that promised an improved 2022 campaign.

“I just cleaned up my diet,” he said. “I’ve learned more this off-season than I’ve probably ever learned about nutrition, sleep, wellness and all that stuff. At the same time, I have to be able to maintain my weight and take a beating. There is a fine balance for every player. I’ve definitely reduced my body fat percentage and I’ll get a chance to bulk up and be able to absorb hits before the season starts.”

He joins the Patriots’ camp with a new top receiver in DeVante Parker and will also have a new offensive coordinator since Josh McDaniels left to take the reins at the Las Vegas Raiders. Whether Jones and the Patriots offense will let Matt Patricia or Joe Judge call their games remains to be seen.

Whoever it is, the learning curve must be steep for Jones, the No. 15 overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft. He started in every game for New England last season and is returning to an improved AFC East that has seen big changes this offseason.

New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) with the ball during the Patriots OTAs
Mac Jones surprised teammates with a stripped down look at Patriots OTAs.
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By overhauling his 6-foot-4, 214-pound frame, Jones has signaled to his teammates that he’s ready for the fight.

“As a beginner, you just don’t know until you’ve been through it for a year,” Bourne said. “So he’s definitely in a lot better shape than ever, just dominating in condition. It’s great to see.” Mac Jones debuts with a stripped down look at Patriots OTAs


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