New England Patriots

As the starting quarterback at Alabama, Mac Jones didn’t have to bounce back from many losses. He lost just one game in two years as a starter, and bounced back the next game to lead the Tide to a blowout Citrus Bowl win over Michigan.

Very early in his NFL career, Jones had plenty of experience dealing with close losses. The Patriots’ 2-4 start featured mostly one-score games. Yet he and the team kept moving forward, and went from 2-4 to 9-4. Although he’s a rookie, Jones is a de facto leader on the team given his position, and this week will look to help lead another rebound after a tough loss to the Colts on Saturday.

“You just have to keep moving forward and understand what we’re about to face in a really good football team,” Jones said on Wednesday, when asked how the team can make sure last week’s loss doesn’t stay with them. “It comes down to controlling what you can control and that’s your attitude and your effort. We’re trying to do that every day and, eventually, we’ll stack days together and we’ll get a chance to play, like I said, against a really good team who have a lot of talented players, but they’re also really well-coached.”

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