Patriots' Bill Belichick - QB Mac Jones 'fully available' vs. Jets

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Confirming that quarterback Mac Jones will begin Sunday for the New England Patriots, coach Bill Belichick pointed out Jones’ health as the factor he didn’t play the whole video game in Monday’s loss to the Chicago Bears.

“He was ready to play last week, but just didn’t feel it was the full game. This week is a different situation,” Belichick stated Thursday.

The Patriots (3-4) check out the New York Jets (5-2) on Sunday. After seeing Jones at Wednesday’s practice, Belichick kept in mind the characteristics of the scenario had actually altered, as Jones was returning from a high left ankle sprain suffered Sept. 25.

“Mac took a full workload yesterday, and I expect him to be fully available for the game and ready to go,” he stated.

Belichick’s non-traditional handling of the Patriots’ quarterbacks in Monday loss, combined with him not clarifying and detailing specifics when asked by press reporters, stimulated unpredictability on Jones’ standing as the starter.

Jones was pulled Monday after 3 series that didn’t produce any points, and his last play was an interception. Backup Bailey Zappe, who had actually begun 2 video games in Jones’ location and assisted the group to 2 success, without delay led back-to-back goal drives prior to fading in the 2nd half.

The house crowd had actually shouted Zappe’s name, including another unforeseen layer to the uncommon technique of playing 2 quarterbacks. Belichick likewise would not dedicate to a starter right away after the video game, or more days later on in his Wednesday press conference.

On Thursday, Belichick stated Jones’ capability to manage a complete work Wednesday was very important for both the quarterback, and the whole offense.

“He’s ready to do that, so that’s what he needs to prepare for the game and that’s what our offensive unit needs — everybody working together. We’ll get that this week,” he stated.

“That’s where we’re at. We’re getting ready for the Jets. Period.”

The Patriots formally gotten rid of Jones from the injury report Wednesday.

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