New England Patriots

  • Wednesday morning, Bill Belichick repeatedly replied with some form of “we’ll see how it goes” when pressed about the Patriots’ quarterback situation. That was before practice, and apparently he liked what he saw enough to name a starter for the team’s Week 8 game against the Jets this Sunday.

    According to ESPN’s Field YatesMac Jones “took about 90 percent of the first teams reps in practice [Wednesday] and will start for the team on Sunday against the Jets.” This announcement comes after a week of uncertainty for the Patriots at the quarterback position both before and after their Week 7 loss to the Bears.

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  • Monday night was Jones’ first game action since suffering a high ankle sprain in Week 3 against the Ravens. He’d missed three games since, with backup Bailey Zappe winning a pair of starts in that span. Zappe replaced Jones Monady night, and threw a touchdown pass and two interceptions.

    Notably, Fields’ report states that Jones will start, but nothing beyond that. The speculation will now move to whether or not he’ll play the whole game. Last week, Belichick cited the decision to switch quarterbacks as part of a preplanned decision to manage Jones’ health coming off his ankle injury.

    Jones is scheduled to speak to the media Wednesday afternoon at Gillette Stadium. Belichick is set to speak next Thursday morning.

    UDATE: During his media availability Wednesday afternoon, Jones said he hadn’t seen the ESPN report and was asked if he plans on starting on Sunday.

    “I plan to start every game I’ve ever played in, whether that was pee wee football or third string at Alabama, I always try to prepare as the starter,” Jones said. “As I always say, if it’s one snap or 70, I’ll be ready to go. That’s all you can do. You can’t really control anything else. I work really hard and put myself in position to do that. Yes, I think I deserve that.”

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