After another disastrous performance against the New York Giants on Sunday in which he was pulled for the fourth time this season, Mac Jones is facing the music on his future.
Appearing on WEEI's Jones and Mego Monday afternoon, the Patriots quarterback was asked if he might prefer a fresh start.
Patriots Rumors: Mac Jones on Future in New England
"I'm good right now. I really wanna be the quarterback here. I've always wanted to be a quarterback in the NFL, and specifically for the Patriots."- Mac Jones
Despite Jones' well-worded answer, his play on the field this season has lacked that sort of decision-making ability. Jones has thrown 12 interceptions this season, only Buffalo's Josh Allen and Washington's Sam Howell have thrown more picks.
Jones was benched at halftime in the Meadowlands after throwing two interceptions and fumbling once (recovered by the Patriots). He was relieved by Bailey Zappe, who went 9 of 14 for 54 yards and threw an interception of his own.
Jones' comments about his future didn't come long after his head coach, Bill Belichick, was quizzed Monday morning regarding who made the decision to draft Jones in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. There has been a long-held theory that owner Robert Kraft was the driving force behind the decision to draft the former Alabama quarterback, and that Belichick was not completely on board.
In classic Belichick fashion, he answered the question rather ambiguously, and stopped short of suggesting he was all-aboard the Patriots' decision:
"Organizationally, we thought it was the right thing to do"- Bill Belichick
Jones' contract includes a team option for next season at a cap hit just shy of $5 million. Even if Jones is being truthful about his desire to remain in New England, it may not ultimately even be his decision.
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