Patriots rookie quarterback Mac Jones clearly had fun at the Pro Bowl. Between winning the accuracy competition, getting the most playing time of the AFC quarterbacks, and his Griddy dance, Jones stole the show in Las Vegas.
Tthe NFL’s mic’ed up footage of the game shows just how much Jones was enjoying himself. He seemed to want to chat with everybody on the field – and not just his teammates. The cameras caught Jones engaging in some good-hearted trash talk throughout the game, including after his touchdown pass to Hunter Renfrow.
“Where were you at? Where were you at the whole drive,” Jones asked Buccaneers All-Pro linebacker Devin White. “You were playing on your phone the whole drive.”
He then turned his attention to veteran Eagles cornerback Darius Slay, who was walking by. “What’s up bro? Remember when I torched y’all in training camp?”
Mac Jones to Eagles CB Darius Slay after his Pro Bowl TD pass: “What’s up bro? Remember when I torched y’all in training camp?” pic.twitter.com/ejDyosEbp5— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) February 10, 2022
The exchange ended with Jones getting a pat on the back from former Patriot Chandler Jones. After the game, the elder Jones tweeted that he “became a Big Mac Jones fan” over the course of the weekend.
Meanwhile, Mac wasn’t afraid to take some shots at his own teammates as well. Not just his AFC teammates, but his Patriots teammates.
“I wish I played with [Matthew Slater] back in the 80’s,” Jones joked standing with the Patriots’ captain on the sideline. “They had those leather helmets.” Slater, who is 36, appeared to get a kick out of the comment.
Mic’d-up Mac Jones: “I wish I played with (Matthew) Slater back in the ‘80s. They had those leather helmets.” pic.twitter.com/7CZ5w6gJNJ— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) February 10, 2022
In the mic’ed up, we also got to see the genesis of Jones’ Griddy dance. It turns out, the inspiration came from star Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
“You Griddy out there, that place is goin’ nuts,” Mahomes told Jones in the tunnel before the game. “Gonna have to just run by people when they (sic) do it,” he continued – a suggestion Jones followed to a tee.
Of course, Jones wasn’t the only Patriots player taking part in the Pro Bowl. Here’s a look at the top moments from all four participants…
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