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Feb 4, 2022; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) during AFC practice at the Las Vegas Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Did you, like many people, make a New Year’s resolution about eating healthier and/or going to the gym? If so, congratulations, you have something in common with Patriots quarterback Mac Jones.

Before Sunday’s Pro Bowl, Jones was speaking with ESPN. When asked about his expectations for next season, Jones – in predictably Patriots fashion – wasn’t ready to look beyond the next few months.

“I think this offseason will be a big part of it,” Jones told the crew of Randy Moss, Adam Schefter, and Booger McFarland. “Just getting stronger and cleaning up on my diet and all that. So, there’s a lot that going to go into it before next season even starts. That’s the important part, is attacking that. And then hopefully a lot of big changes will come with – whether it’s mechanics or the playbook, and I’ll have a lot of time now to kind of digest everything and take it over how I want to do it.”

Jones wouldn’t be the first Patriots quarterback to develop a particular diet and fitness routine. Tom Brady, of course, had the TB12 method, which among other things led to him cutting out a number foods. As for Jones though, his guilty pleasure is a little more common.

“I like ice cream too much – like a lot of people,” Jones replied with a laugh when asked the ‘worst’ thing he eats. “But, just limit it and then try and eat healthy like we do with the Patriots every day. They give us great food so I’ve just got to talk to Ted [Harper], our nutritionist and make sure I’m on the same page.”

Harper has been with the Patriots for 10 seasons now. He was featured as part of the team’s Do Your Job series in 2019.

The first true offseason for any NFL player is a crucial one. A lot can change with an extra few months in an NFL weight program – or even an NFL dining program. It’s not uncommon to see players physically redefine themselves heading into their second year in the league – will Jones be one of them?

WATCH: Top Patriots Pro Bowl moments

  • The NFL held the first Pro Bowl in two years on Sunday, after last year’s game was canceled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. This year’s game featured a heavy Patriots presence, with four players representing the team for the AFC, which won 41-35.

    From Mac Jones dancing to J.C. Jackson living up to his nickname to Matthew Slater playing out of position, here are the top moments from the Patriots at the 2022 Pro Bowl…

    Mac Jones: Between whistles

    Feb 6, 2022; Paradise, Nevada, USA; AFC quarterback Mac Jones of the New England Patriots (10) looks to pass the ball against the NFC during the third quarter during the Pro Bowl football game at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

    When the game was on, Mac Jones got the most play of any AFC quarterback. He finished the game 12-of-16 with 112 passing yards. In the third quarter, he made an impressive throw while rolling to his right, pinpointing a pass to Raiders wide receiver Hunter Renfrow for a touchdown.

  • Mac Jones: After the whistle

    LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 06: Mac Jones #10 of the New England Patriots rushes with the ball during the second half against the NFC during the 2022 NFL Pro Bowl at Allegiant Stadium on February 06, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    For all he did throwing the ball, Jones’ viral moment came after a play. The relaxed nature of the game resulted in him being whistled down on a scramble despite not being touched. Yet Jones continued running all the way to the end zone and then broke out in the Griddy, which has become a popular touchdown celebration across the NFL this year.

  • J.C. Jackson’s tip-drill grab

    LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 06: J.C. Jackson #27 of the New England Patriots catches the ball for a touchdown in the second quarter of the game against the NFC during the 2022 NFL Pro Bowl at Allegiant Stadium on February 06, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

    Pending free agent J.C. Jackson lived up to his nickname of ‘Mr. INT.’ In one of the highlights of the game, Jackson made a bobbling, tip-drill, toe-tap interception off of Russell Wilson in the end zone. It was one of four AFC interceptions in the game.

  • Matthew Judon leading the defense

    Feb 6, 2022; Paradise, Nevada, USA; AFC outside linebacker Jatthew Judon of the New England Patriots (9) and defensive end Maxx Crosby of the Las Vegas Raiders (98) sack NFC quarterback Kirk Cousins of the Minnesota Vikings (8) during the second quarter during the Pro Bowl football game at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

    Matthew Judon led the AFC defense in more ways than one. He recorded six tackles, which was the most by any defender on the team. While on the sideline he was his usual energetic self, setting the tone and engaging with both teammates and fans.

  • Matthew Slater playing out of position

    LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 06: CeeDee Lamb #88 of the Dallas Cowboys catches the ball for a touchdown as Matthew Slater #18 of the New England Patriots attempts to defend during the 2022 NFL Pro Bowl at Allegiant Stadium on February 06, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

    Originally selected to the game as a special teams player, Matthew Slater got some reps on the defensive side of the ball too. Slater briefly got into the game at safety – the position he played in college at UCLA. He unsurprisingly looked a little rusty as CeeDee Lamb beat him for a touchdown (the relaxed nature of the game didn’t help either). Slater hasn’t played regular defensive snaps in the NFL since 2011, when injuries led to him seeing a significant role at safety for a short window.

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