FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – SEPTEMBER 12: New England Patriots No.10 Mac Jones calls the count against the Miami Dolphins during the first half at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman / Getty Images)
CBS TV cameras caught a funny moment of Mac Jones on Sunday. The Patriots starting quarterback winked at ex-Pat linebacker Elandon Roberts just before a running game in the Pats’ 17-16 loss to the Dolphins at Gillette Stadium.
You can catch the moment in the clip below via WPRI’s Morey Hershgordon on Twitter. Jones confirmed that it was actually a nod to Roberts.
Unfortunately, from what we understand, this happened during a play where the Dolphins stuffed the race. This is verified based on Jones’ explanation of the wink, which he gave to reporters on Wednesday afternoon in Foxborough.
“It was just kind of fun and games,” Jones said. “It was right in the middle of the room. They actually like to call our room, so I was like, ah. Nice catch. You know. Anyway, 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 calls as a rookie making his first career debut. Jones admitted that he stuck with the game that was called up, despite the Dolphins apparently knowing what was to come. Jones altered some play on the line of scrimmage in Sunday’s game, as noted by shouting “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 poise under pressure for the rookie. Jones was 14 of 18 for 124 yards against the blitz on Sunday, a passer rating of 95.4. The hope is that the next blink of an eye precedes positive play.