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Mac Jones delivers “best practice” of Patriots training camp

Mac Jones attempts a pass for New England Patriots in 2021 game
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He is having fun going through his third year of training camp for the New England Patriots.

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Mac Jones encountered struggles in 2022, but he believes the addition of Bill O’Brien as offensive coordinator puts that behind him. The former Alabama quarterback had his “best practice” of camp Wednesday for the Patriots, according to the team’s beat reporters. Mark Daniels, who covers New England for Massachusetts Live, reports that Jones completed 78 percent of his passes (38-of-49) in the last four days of camp. Jones had the offense on fire Wednesday as several receiving options made plays.

DeVante Parker, JuJu-Smith-Schuster, Demario Douglas, Kayshon Boutte, Hunter Henry, and Mike Gesicki were in on the action. Evan Lazar, a staff writer for, shared that Jones tossed a touchdown pass to Parker, hit Smith-Schuster in the back of the end zone for a score, and got Henry and Kendrick Bourne involved. Jones was consistent in the short to intermediate throws, but he also made his presence felt on deep plays. The offense is starting to feed off the former first-round pick’s energy. 

Smith-Schuster calls Jones the “spark plug” of the offense.

He completed 13 of 15 passes in team drills, including two touchdowns on Wednesday.

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If he continues taking strides, Jones will return to the form of his rookie season and possibility better than that.

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