Greg Bedard: Mac Jones “had it” in day two of joint practices
Greg Bedard of BostonSportsJournal.com joined the Felger and Mazz program on Thursday after day two of joint practice between the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers. When asked for his thoughts on practice, Bedard mentioned that the offense had a good day and that he thought Patriots quarterback Mac Jones “had it” at joint practice.
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Mac Jones “had it” on day two
Mazz: So Greg, I was going to ask you, because I read what you wrote yesterday, and the way you framed it in the story was “these are some of my concerns, areas of confidence with the Patriots after seeing them measured up against another team and a middling team at that”. So, again, and I know you just touched on this, but you obviously had areas of concern going into today, what would you say are the areas that you were happiest to see them bounce back?
Greg Bedard: Well, definitely offensively. I mean, watching them the first day, you were just like, “alright, how how the hell is this team going to move the ball? How are they going to do anything?” Like nobody can get open. The quarterbacks are holding the ball. Sacks are an issue. They can’t protect. And today was just a lot better in everything. I thought Mac Jones looked more comfortable, not that he didn’t look comfortable yesterday, but he just had it today. I thought he was really good in today’s practice. I thought Bailey Zappe had his moments. He had a couple of interceptions, but I thought Bailey was very strong. He’s going up against the twos every session, so there’s a little bit of a difference there, but I just thought that the scheme was a little bit better. I thought day one they used a lot of short stuff and a lot of quick game. They eliminated a lot of that today. And were a little bit more aggressive down the field. I thought the wide receivers did a good job making plays. Whether it was the young guys, Demario Douglas and Kayshon Boutte, DeVante Parker was a force again. He was on day one. He was more of a force in day two. Kendrick Bourne got involved and JuJu a little bit. But to me the most improvement that I saw from the Patriots today was just in their offense. There was hope that they weren’t going to have to squeeze water out of a rock every time they touched the ball.