Belichick praises Mac’s ‘dramatic enchancment’

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots coach Invoice Belichick stated he is noticed “dramatic enchancment” from quarterback Mac Jones as he enters his second NFL season.

“He is made large strides,” Belichick stated Tuesday morning, the day earlier than the Patriots’ first official follow of coaching camp.

“He did an important job final yr, however he is ranging from a a lot, a lot increased level this yr from the place he began final yr. His offseason work has been important, and I believe everybody acknowledges how nicely he prepares and the way a lot additional alongside he was than a yr in the past.”

Belichick cited Jones’ work ethic and famous that he is noticed dramatic enchancment in his “bodily work and conditioning, mechanics, footwork, understanding of our offense [and] opponent defenses.”

Jones reported to camp on Thursday, together with fellow quarterback Brian Hoyer, so he is had a head begin on the vast majority of his teammates, who report Tuesday to take their conditioning take a look at.

Final yr at the moment, Jones was competing with Cam Newton for the beginning job. Jones finally seized the function, began all 17 video games and helped the Patriots to a 10-7 file and a wild-card playoff berth (a 47-17 loss to the Buffalo Bills).

He completed his rookie season with three,801 yards on 352-of-521 passing, with 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

“We’re only a lot additional forward within the dialog [offensively],” Belichick stated. “The performs that we speak about, or ideas we speak about, Mac has already achieved it earlier than. It is easy for him to say, ‘Are we going to do that on that? Are we going to do that on one thing else? What do you consider splitting them a bit bit wider? Splitting them a bit bit tighter.’ Recommendations like that.

“And we have now a significantly better really feel for what he can do, what his strengths are, and how you can attempt to play into these. He is self-aware, too. He is aware of what he does nicely. We wish to attempt to characteristic these.”

The coaches enjoying a big function in doing that stay a notable storyline after Jones’ offensive coordinator final yr, Josh McDaniels, departed to turn out to be the pinnacle coach of the Las Vegas Raiders. Former Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia (senior soccer adviser/offensive line) and former New York Giants head coach Joe Choose (offensive assistant/quarterbacks) performed main roles within the Patriots’ spring practices, with Belichick additionally notably concerned.

“I believe I’ve stated many instances, Matt and Joe are two excellent coaches, in each sense of the phrase,” Belichick stated. “No matter these duties entail, they’re excellent, distinctive on the complete gamut. I am glad we have now each of them.”

Belichick isn’t naming an official offensive coordinator, saying Thursday, “We’re not likely massive on titles and all that. It is vital that all of us work collectively and create a great closing product. That is what we will attempt to do. That is what we have at all times achieved.”

In the end, it’ll turn out to be clear which coach calls offensive performs, however Belichick deflected when requested when will probably be vital to make that official.

“Look, I am a head coach,” he stated. “In the end I am accountable for the whole lot. So simply depart it at that.”

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