New England Patriots

Aug 29, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) signals during the first half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Here are some of the most notable quotes from Bill Belichick and players after the Patriots’ 22-20 preseason win over the New York Giants on Sunday night.

  • Quarterback Mac Jones on whether he's played well enough to be the starter:

    “I’ve gotten a lot of opportunities to play, and I can improve on everything that I want to improve on. I think just learning from [QB Brian] Hoyer, Cam, Jarrett [Stidham], anybody I can and just listening to [Offensive Coordinator] Josh [McDaniels] and his coaching, there’s a lot of work to do. But I think I’ve made progress. Honestly the only thing that matters is today. And then tomorrow I’ll focus on tomorrow. I think the past is the past and we’re kind of moving onto the new season here.”

    Aug 29, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) throws the ball as offensive guard Justin Herron (75) blocks against the New York Giants during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

    Aug 29, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) throws the ball as offensive guard Justin Herron (75) blocks against the New York Giants during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

  • Head coach Bill Belichick on CB Joejuan Williams' key tackle at the goal line:

    “It was a great teaching moment, definitely. Every yard, every inch is important and if you keep them out, at least you make them run another play and something can happen – we can make a play, they could fumble the snap, they could make a mistake or whatever. The more plays you make the offense run, the better chance you have defensively and you’re going to make a play somewhere. So, that was a good teaching lesson and a good opportunity there that we took advantage of. D’Angelo made a good catch on the ball and made a good stop on the play after that on the goal line run. Then, [Giants Quarterback Daniel] Jones gave us an opportunity and D’Angelo made a play. That was great.”

  • Running back J.J. Taylor on his mentality when going for a block or a hit against a defender:

    “Either to hit or get hit, that’s the only mentality I have is give a blow or take a blow. You choose what side you want to be on.”

    EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - AUGUST 29: J.J. Taylor #42 of the New England Patriots runs the ball against Devante Downs #52 of the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on August 29, 2021 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

    EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY – AUGUST 29: J.J. Taylor #42 of the New England Patriots runs the ball against Devante Downs #52 of the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on August 29, 2021 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

  • Linebacker Matt Judon on how much teammate Josh Uche has picked his brain:

    “Shoot, probably too much man (laughs). If I keep teaching him, I’m going to be up out of here looking for a new team. But I think he’s just progressing and he’s coming into his own player with just how many positions he plays on the football field. We can line him up inside, we can line him up outside, we can line him up off the ball. As he gets more reps, and repetitions and looks, and different schemes and stuff, I think he’s just going to continue to grow and continue to be a good player. But I don’t think I have anything to do with that, I think it’s all him. He puts in the time and the effort, and he’s reaping the benefits.”

  • Tight end Devin Asiasi on his impression of Mac Jones:

    “He’s great. He’s a great quarterback coming in. I like his confidence already and the way he conducts the huddle out on the field, it just gives all of us confidence when we step out there on the field on a Sunday night – and even on practice day. Just building that chemistry with him each and every day on the practice field and try to build on that going forward.”

    Aug 29, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New England Patriots tight end Devin Asiasi (86) is tackled by New York Giants linebacker Carter Coughlin (49) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

    Aug 29, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New England Patriots tight end Devin Asiasi (86) is tackled by New York Giants linebacker Carter Coughlin (49) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

  • Safety Devin McCourty on Matt Judon and the Patriots' linebacker group:

    “Him, [Patriots LB Kyle] KV [Van Noy], [Patriots LB Dont’a] High[tower], [Patriots LB Ja’Whaun] Bent[ley] – I think having that group and they’ve been able to go be in there together, do different things, gives us a lot of versatility. If I was playing quarterback I wouldn’t know—is he an end, is he outside linebacker, is he blitzing through the a-gap? So I think that makes us a better football team and we’ve just got to continue to build on those things. You know doing it in the preseason is great as we’re building, but now when it gets real it’s real bullets. It’s not just a quarter or a half. It’s sixty minutes of football. It’s conditioning. It’s mental conditioning. It’s all of those things factored into one. I’m excited to take the field with this team and to start this journey.”