Whether the Patriots support Mac Jones has been a hot topic of late. New England is 1-5 on the season and Jones hasn’t made the leap he or the team was hoping he would in 2023. There’s plenty of blame to go around for the Patriots’ woes this year. It’s not just Jones, but he hasn’t done much to show that he has the ability to turn things around.
Despite getting benched in back-to-back games, coach Bill Belichick continued to name Jones as the starting QB. His teammates have come to his defense several times, but a recent report from the Boston Herald stated that “at least a few” members of the Patriots organization were “firmly out” on Jones.
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“Yeah, I do. I have a lot of respect for the guys on our team,” Jones said. “I’ve been with these guys for, some of them, three years, and some of them I played with in college and whatnot. I do feel like I have a lot of respect from the guys. There’s a lot of things I want to do better as a player, and that’ll really change some things. But at the end of the day, I’ve got to keep working, they’ve got to keep working, and I know they will, just like we all are. I know it sucks and it’s frustrating. But at the same time, you’ve gotta keep going forward and see who wants to battle.”
Asked if he was worried about losing the support of his teammates, Jones said it’s not something he pays attention to.
“I don’t focus on that stuff. I really just focus on showing up to work every day, trying to be positive, really just working hard and finding out answers to the test,” Jones said. “There’s a lot of things that will pop up, and my goal is to figure out, how do we solve those problems? … Obviously, there’s a lot of things we need to do better.”
Jones hasn’t gotten much help from his offensive line, and the running backs and wide receivers haven’t really found their stride yet. It’s a tough hole climb out of — being 1-5 — but the Patriots and Jones can begin to find the right answers in Week 7. It won’t be easy facing a tough Buffalo Bills teams, but their AFC rival has their own issues and haven’t always played their best football.
The third-year quarterback reportedly was on a “short leash” entering Week 6′s eventual loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. And it will be interesting to see if that will continue into Week 7. If he turns in another stinker, or gets benched again, it’s fair to wonder if his teammates will begin to question if Jones is the right person to help lead the team to victory.