After a roller-coaster start to the season, New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones still sees plenty of room for improvement with the team’s offense.
For one, Jones believes he has not been as patient when reading defenses during plays, which he explained further in a press conference ahead of the Patriots’ Week 6 matchup against the Dallas Cowboys.
“I’d say just sticking to my reads and following what they’re telling me to do,” Jones said. “It’s not that I don’t know what to do. It’s just, sometimes, I might skip something or see something. I just need to stick to what I’ve been taught and do it and just play.
“At the end of the day, you can’t go out there and have sticky fingers.”
Each rookie quarterback this season has shown glimpses of just which plays they prefer to go with in key downs during games. For Jones, he has been one to lean towards play-action passes; he currently ranks 14th in the NFL in play-action pass attempts with 38. However, his 293 passing yards from play-action passes ranks at second worst behind New York Jets rookie passer Zach Wilson (213) among quarterbacks with at least 35 such pass attempts.
This area of play is one where Jones sees that with vast improvements on, it could bolster New England’s overall offensive production.
“I think, going back to when I was little, that’s something that I’ve always enjoyed doing,” Jones said. “When you have a good run game and have an offensive line like we do, you can create the movement and they step up, or don’t and you just have to find the windows.
“I’ve got to do better at everything, and that’s an area I’ve put a lot of stress on, and everybody on our team does a good job with it, so I’ve just got to keep improving and finding ways to get guys the ball.”
Turnovers have also been a glaring issue for Jones over the early stages of the season, as he has thrown five interceptions. He will be put to the test in Week 6 against a Cowboys defense that currently ranks second in the NFL in takeaways with 12.