New England Patriots QB Mac Jones’ offseason conditioning evident to teammates — ‘He’s in the best shape of his life’

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots teammates see a brand new and improved Mac Jones as the quarterback enters his second season with the crew.

“He’s in the best shape of his life,” receiver Kendrick Bourne stated Monday. “He seems to be actually good. His abdomen is gone.

“When you are a rookie, you simply do not know it till you undergo it for a 12 months. So he is positively much more in shape than he ever was, simply dominating in conditioning. It’s dope to see.”

Jones, the 2021 first-round draft decide from Alabama who began each recreation in his rookie NFL season, advised reporters that has been a giant half of his offseason plan.

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“I simply cleaned up my food regimen,” the 6-foot-3, 214-pound Jones stated after Monday’s observe. “I’ve realized extra this offseason than I most likely ever have about vitamin, sleep, wellness, all that stuff.

“At the identical time, I want to have the option to keep my weight and have the option to take hits. There’s a fantastic stability for each participant. I’ve positively trimmed down on the physique fats, and I’ll get an opportunity to bulk up earlier than the season begins and have the option to take in hits.”

Jones’ improved bodily make-up is not the solely notable change with the Patriots’ offense, as longtime coordinator Josh McDaniels has departed to grow to be head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders.

Monday marked the first time reporters had been granted entry to watch the Patriots observe this offseason, and head coach Bill Belichick’s involvement with the offense was notable. In the ultimate 11-on-11 drill, Belichick was studying off a card to Jones, who then relayed data to his teammates.

Former New York Giants head coach Joe Judge is working with the quarterbacks, whereas former Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia is with the offensive line. Both coaches additionally took management roles with the offense at instances Monday.

Belichick hasn’t named a coordinator or playcaller at this level.

“It’s not my determination to make and now we have lots of time for all that. So proper now, it is about the guys and I getting on the identical web page,” Jones stated. “It all the time goes again to the gamers, and we’re excited to develop collectively and be taught from whoever is teaching us.”

Of Belichick spending extra time with the offense Monday, Jones stated: “Obviously he is an excellent defensive thoughts, however he additionally has nice offensive information.”

Belichick’s presence with the offense was additionally famous by Bourne, the six-year NFL veteran in his second season with the Patriots.

“He’s been extra current, serving to us out,” he stated. “It’s new, so he desires it to go a sure method. He’s a defensive man, so it is nearly simply embracing and taking benefit of the time we’re going to get with him.”

Last season, when Jones completed 352-of-521 for 3,801 yards, with 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions, he was usually seen on the sideline with McDaniels, who was additionally the crew’s quarterbacks coach. The two fashioned an instantaneous connection.

Jones stated he is blissful for McDaniels to land a head-coaching job and likewise “excited to open up the subsequent chapter” with Judge.

“He’s finished an excellent job teaching us,” he stated. “He’s seen rather a lot of soccer, been round soccer for a very long time, whether or not that be as a head coach, particular groups, enjoying the place himself [in college].

“So he has information that could be very useful to me as a quarterback, and clearly, I’m going to be taught with him. That’s the purpose, to variety of train one another, and take what he is aware of, after which take the experiences that I’ve, and mix them and work collectively as an excellent crew.”

Meanwhile, Jones is happy about the Patriots’ receivers, with commerce acquisition DeVante Parker becoming a member of final 12 months’s core that features Bourne, Jakobi Meyers, Nelson Agholor and tight ends Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith.

“I’m actually proud of the group now we have,” Jones stated. “DeVante’s finished an excellent job coming in, working in a brand new system. It’s a great group and we simply have to maintain elevating one another and push one another and compete.”

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