New England Patriots

Oct 31, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) prepares to take the snap against the Los Angeles Chargers in the first half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

This year has been a season of firsts for Patriots quarterback Mac Jones, as is expected for any rookie. Yet this week included a notable milestone for the 15th overall pick in this past NFL Draft – his first ‘through the media’ trash talk from an opponent.

On Monday, Colts linebacker Bobby Okereke was asked his thoughts on facing Jones and the Patriots. “We’re really going to try to make the game one-dimensional and see what he can do,” Okereke said, a comment which has since made significant headlines.

Jones spoke with Patriots media on Wednesday, his first availability of the week. Asked his thoughts on the Colts saying they want the ball in his hands, Jones gave an answer right out of the Patriots’ playbook.

“I think they have a great defense, and they’ve done a lot of different things each game to stop what their opponent does well,” he said. “So we just have to be ready to go regardless of the situation. We’ve just got to do what we can do to control what we can control, and that’s just playing well on our side of the ball. We already knew that they have a great defense, so we’re going to expect the expected and realize it’s going to be a good dog fight.”

That’s quite the answer from Jones, who is in this situation for the first time in the NFL. It’s clear the Patriots have been coaching him up on and off the field.

Jones was also asked if he can use comments like Okereke’s as motivation moving forwards. Again, he towed the company line.

“No. I mean, everyone has their opinions and my job is to be the best quarterback I can be,” he replied.” And I can do a better job of that every day at practice, so that’s what I can control. Like I said, they have a great defense and there’s great players all around, so everyone’s entitled to their opinion.”

“It’s just part of the game. Everyone’s confident,” Jones continued. “When you’re in the NFL, both teams have confidence in what they do, and you just have to believe what you know and what you believe in.”

Jones also addressed his recent left thumb injury, which has him included on the injury report for the first time in his career this week. “I had to be put on there, but it’s good,” Jones said when asked if something happened during Tuesday’s practice. He even twirled both thumbs to show there’s nothing hindering his movement.

Jones was wearing a glove over his hand during Wednesday’s session. “All the other quarterbacks were wearing gloves, so I wanted to copy them,” Jones remarked.

“Whether you have a glove on or not, you’ve just got to do what you’re supposed to as a quarterback – play fakes and all that are important. Getting the ball to the right guy,” Jones continued. “Your left hand’s not super important, but there’s certain things you need to use it for.”

Jones was included on Wednesday’s injury report, once again a full participant with that thumb injury. You can see the full injury report here.

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