The Patriots have reportedly made their quarterback decision for Sunday
With the New England Patriots having a bye week last week, the status of the starting quarterback has been a mystery for two weeks. Following the team’s 10-6 loss to the Colts two weeks ago in Germany, Bill Belichick‘s postgame comments seemed to open the door for a potential QB change.
In the days leading up to Sunday’s matchup with the New York Giants – the Patriots’ first game out of the bye – Belichick wouldn’t delve much deeper into that quarterback battle. During both press conferences this week he answered just about every QB-related question by telling reporters in one way or another he “told all the players to be ready to go.” That left Sunday’s starting quarterback a mystery as late as Saturday afternoon – not just for those on the outside looking in, but players and coaches as well.
It wasn’t until Saturday night – about 14 hours before kickoff – that any sort of answer to that question came forward.
According to Andrew Callahan of The Boston Herald, the Patriots are “planning to” start Mac Jones on Sunday against the Giants. Callahan tweeted late Saturday night that “Jones split starting reps with Bailey Zappe in practice this week and out-performed him.”
It looks like Jones, the Patriots’ first-round pick in 2021, has held onto his job for now. The 25-year-old has struggled this season, completing 65.4 percent of his passes for 2,031 yards with 10 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 10 games. With Jones under center, the Patriots’ offense ranks 31st in the NFL averaging 14.1 points per game (the Giants – Sunday’s opponent – rank last averaging 13.5 points per game).
The question now becomes what happens after Jones starts the game. Jeff Howe of The Athletic suggested on Saturday afternoon that Jones could have “a quick hook” if he performs poorly early in the game, or even that the team could use some kind of quarterback rotation.
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