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Mac Jones is not expected to play in Patriots first preseason game

Mac Jones (No. 10) setting up to throw for Patriots in Thursday's NFL Preseason Game versus Washington
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The New England Patriots will not play its first-round pick quarterback in Thursday’s preseason game against the Giants.

According to ESPN’s Mike Reiss, Mac Jones is not expected to play. He improved his body and got better communication with his teammates in the offseason. Bill Belichick likes what he sees in Jones, but he’s choosing to rest him. As a former College Football Playoff National Champion at Alabama, Jones set franchise rookie records for the Patriots in 2021 — helping it to the playoffs.

Tom E. Curran, a Patriots insider for NBC Sports in Boston, said New England’s No. 1 offense looked ‘distressingly bad’ in Monday’s training camp practice. Jones and his teammates may need this preseason matchup to work kinks out.

People expect Jones to take another step forward in the fall after making the Pro Bowl as a rookie.

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New England will have joint practices with the Panthers next week and Raiders the following week.

Jones will be in action for those.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith. 

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