FOXBORO (CBS) – Mac Jones has been through a lot of firsts over the past three months. It was his first NFL game, his first NFL win, his first NFL road game, and more recently, his first NFL game where he only threw three lines. pass.
It was a wild ride for the Mac and Patriots en route to their 9-4 record and sitting atop the AFC East. This week, the rookie will experience another first: His first week goodbye.
For a football enthusiast, a week of absence can be difficult. But for Jones, it won’t really be another week away from football. There will really be a lot of football involved.
Of course, the rookie will fill his free time with film studies. Lots of film research. It was a key element of his career and something that helped him navigate rocky waters during his first few weeks as a starting midfielder in the National Football League. He is a self-evaluator and goodbye week offers a great opportunity for self-assessment. He’ll be looking at every part of his game that needs improvement so he and the Patriots can be at their best at the most important time of the year.
Of course, the 23-year-old will have some downtime, and he was asked if he has any special plans. Maybe a steak dinner or a fun date night with his girlfriend?
“It’s personal,” Jones told WBZ-TV’s Dan Roche at Gillette Stadium. Of course, he followed it with a chuckle.
“I think a lot of people will enjoy their family and so will I,” Jones added. “I usually like to hang out with my family and as a normal person, watch whatever you want to see.”
The Jones family, apparently, wants to watch some football on Sunday afternoon. While some people have trouble watching the game on their weekend, Jones doesn’t think he will have that problem.
“Football is football. Sports are great to watch on TV,” he said. “It’s great to watch it though you can.”
His mind will also be on the next team on the New England schedule, the 7-6 Indianapolis Colts. The Patriots will be back on national television the next time they hit the field, this time on Saturday night.
“That’s where our minds are right now, getting ready for the next game, assessing the past and not getting too hung up on it,” Jones added of the goodbye week. “The elders have a great message; Don’t let anything during the bye week spoil anything in the future. Go rest, enjoy your family and stay safe. That’s what we will do. ”
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