Mac Jones grew up in Jacksonville, Florida. The daily mean temperature there is 57 degrees is December. He then played his college football in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where the daily mean temperature in December is 48 degrees.
All that is to say that Jones is in for something new as the calendar flips to December in Foxborough, where the daily mean drops down to 27 degrees – and it only gets colder after New Years. Yet Jones is taking the same methodical approach to this challenge as he has to the rest of his young NFL career.
“I think just take each day day-by-day and try not to focus on it too much and just wear whatever you’re supposed to wear and take the advice from the older people that have played a lot in the cold and just trying to figure it out,” he said when asked on Wednesday about adjusting to the New England chill.
In particular, he has leaned on one veteran in the quarterback room who is not stranger to the cold. “Just asking Brian [Hoyer] a lot of questions, really,” Jones said when asked how he’s learning what he needs to do to prepare for the cold. Hoyer has spent six football winters in New England, plus one more each in Pittsburgh and Chicago, and two in Cleveland – where he also played in high school.
“Just that, and then, you know, you can’t wear too much, but you also don’t want to wear too little, but at the end of the day, it’s just a mental thing, and you got to just battle through it and take each experience and see what you can do better,” Jones continued. “If you think you’re too cold, then put more on and vice versa.”
Last week against Cleveland, Jones wore a hand warmer around his waist for the first time. The temperature for that game was in the mid-40’s.
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