Mac Jones had an amusing moment on Sunday. The Patriots’ starting quarterback winked toward an ex-Pat, linebacker Elandon Roberts, just before a running play during the Pats’ 17-16 loss to the Dolphins at Gillette Stadium.
You can see the moment in the video below, caputred by WPRI’s Morey Hershgordon on Twitter. Jones confirmed that it was, in fact, a wink Roberts’ way.
Unfortunately, our understanding is this came on a Damien Harris run up the middle for no gain at the start of the second quarter. That checks out based on Jones’ explanation of the wink, which he gave to reporters Wednesday afternoon in Foxborough.
“It was just kind of fun and games,” Jones said. “It was just in the middle of the play. They actually like called out our play, so I was like, ah. Nice catch. You know. Anyways, it was just fun and games.”
The play indicated two main things: good preparation on the part of the Dolphins defense, and Jones’ deference to Josh McDaniels’ play-calling as a rookie making his first career start. Jones admitted he just stuck with the play that was called, despite the Dolphins seemingly knowing what was coming. Jones did change some plays at the line of scrimmage during Sunday’s game, as indicated by yelling “Alert!” among other calls and gestures.
“Sometimes they don’t know the answers, either,” Jones said.
The wink is certainly a sign of confidence and coolness under pressure for the rookie. Jones was 14-of-18 for 124 yards against the blitz on Sunday, a 95.4 passer rating. The hope is the next wink comes before a positive play.