New England Patriots

Aug 19, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) drops back to pass against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

On Wednesday, Mac Jones held his first media availability since being named the Patriots’ starting quarterback for Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season. It didn’t take long until somebody asked him about the previous long-term holder of that job.

With the second question of the press conference, NBC Sports Boston’s Tom Curran asked if following Tom Brady is “pressure” or “an opportunity because of the standard he set.”

“I think obviously he’s a great player, but the word ‘standard’ kind of hit me there because we all want to play to that standard – The Patriot Way,” Jones responded. “Really it comes down to just doing your job. As a quarterback that’s leading the people around me as best I can and that’s also executing the play. So it off or we’re through. It pretty much comes down to.”

Jones followed that up with some Brady-esque answers of his own throughout the press conference.

Asked if he’s nervous for his first NFL game, Jones replied, “I think I’d be doing the wrong thing if I wasn’t. I think nerves are a good thing but – you can always be nervous but you can’t play nervous. I’ve always said that. Just play.” He continued, “It’s really not just a one-man show at all. It takes all 11 people.”

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