Patriots fans are watching Mac Jones‘ every move this preseason. So you can imagine when the rookie quarterback took the practice field earlier today sporting a brace on his left knee, it drew interest.
Was the 2021 first-round pick dealing with a new injury? No, Jones told reporters, explaining that he chose to don the bulky piece for protective purposes.
“I just wanted to try it out for protective reasons,” Jones said, via Zack Cox of NESN. “I think it’s a good idea as a quarterback just to have that on your left, front knee. So I’m going to give it a go and see how it feels. It’s pretty good. I’m getting a different one tomorrow, just trying some different things.”
Mac Jones started wearing a brace on his left knee today. He said it’s just for protective reasons, not for any specific injury. pic.twitter.com/4B3lp8SbXB
— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) August 16, 2021
Of course, for those New England fans who are hoping that Jones will be the franchise’s long-term Tom Brady replacement, the brace had some added meaning. Brady tore his left ACL in Week 1 of the 2008 season and has worn a knee brace in the past on his plant leg.
In Jones’ first preseason action last week, he completed 13-of-19 passes for 87 yards against the Washington Football Team.
“I was really impressed. He seemed poised. He seemed relaxed,” Patriots wide receiver Kendrick Bourne said of Jones. “Way more relaxed than me; I was rushing everything. He seemed relaxed and ready to go. That’s what you need out of a 1st-round guy.”
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