New England Patriots

Jun 10, 2021; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (50) participates in drills at OTA at the New England Patriots practice complex. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

Since his early days at Alabama, Mac Jones has at times been described as a ‘lunch pail’ kind of player. As it turns out, instead of a lunch pail, he has two buckets.

Those buckets were the theme of Jones’ press availability on Thursday – the first time he’s spoken to the media since draft night. Asked about how he views his development as a player, the 22-year-old introduced his metaphor.

“I have to make strides every day,” he started, explaining that in his mind he has “two buckets – where things I know, [I] keep in one bucket, and things I keep messing up or things I’m not getting, I have to put them in another bucket and figure out what’s wrong.”

The buckets came up again during a separate answer from Jones. “Every day I’m just trying to get better and learn from the guys that have already done it and have been through it. So it’s the two buckets – one of them is good, one of them is bad, and you have to improve on the bad and keep the good in the good,” he said a few minutes later, in response to a question about self-evaluation. “That’s pretty much how I’m going about it.”

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