Matt Patricia: Mac Jones is making progress, even if it’s not noticeable for everybody

Matt Patricia: Mac Jones is making progress, even if it’s not noticeable for everybody

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Patriots quarterback Mac Jones has been one of the most disappointing players in the NFL this season, taking a significant step backward from his promising rookie year

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But Matt Patricia, the Patriots’ new offensive play caller, doesn’t see it that way.

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Patricia told reporters that Jones is improving, even if not everyone can see it.

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“I think we see progress every week. Maybe some of that doesn’t maybe present itself in a way that’s noticeable for everybody,” Patricia said

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“Little things in there we work on that improve each and every week. He certainly is progressing every week in a great way, absolutely.”

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Patricia’s comments echo those of Jones himself, who said this week that his statistical decline doesn’t reflect the reality of his play

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Patricia sees it the same way Jones sees it, even if most observers do not.

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“For us, and for me right now, it’s just an evaluation of where is he now, where were we maybe a couple months ago with the things we were doing, and have we improved on those?” Patricia said.

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“There’s things that he’s certainly improved on that have helped our team a lot. Certainly those things are the ones we’re putting a big point of emphasis on

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Statistically, the numbers from last year compared to this year, I just think everything’s different from year to year

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So the most important thing for us is to try to improve as we go forward this year, and focus on this year.”

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With the 5-4 Patriots in their bye this week, they still have plenty they can accomplish this year. But they need Jones to make the kind of improvement that everyone notices.

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