Mac Jones is ‘the type of player you hope to build around’

If you ask captain and special teams Matthew Slater, the New England Patriots shouldn’t lose faith in quarterback Mac Jones, even after throwing two interceptions in the team’s loss to the Buffalo Bills on Saturday. in the playoffs.

Jones has had a tough time over the past five games, with two turnovers in the team’s four losses. But the rookie and former 15th overall pick has done more than enough in his rookie season to reassure the Patriots — players, fans and coaches — that he’s the answer for 2022.

“I think the future is bright with this organization with this young man, not just with his game on the pitch but with the character he has,” Slater said Saturday after the game. “He’s the type of player you hope to build with.”

Jones finished the year completing 67.6% of his passes for 3,801, 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions with the Patriots going 10-7. New England started 2-4 but Jones and the Patriots rode a seven-game winning streak that toppled the team and landed them in the playoffs. Although he’s had his growing pains, Jones seems to have earned Slater’s trust. Jones looks set to correct the mistakes of the offseason and come back stronger in 2022.

“I know my kids and I will watch it for a long time,” Slater said at the postgame press conference. “It was certainly an honor for me to play alongside him and watch him grow over the year. Patriots Nation – they should be thrilled to have the No. 10 as their quarterback.

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