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New nickname in hand, Pats rookie Jones discovering his footing

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Mac Jones has his unusual nickname.

He additionally is slowly getting extra elated present in the whirlwind that has been his first month as an NFL rookie quarterback.

“Yeah, it’s been absolute top,” the Patriots’ first-round selection acknowledged Thursday when requested to characterize how his relationship is rising with incumbent starter Cam Newton. “He calls me Mac ‘n Cheese so I’ve got my nickname.”

Newton, who appointed himself because the team’s nickname guru final season, became no longer on the self-discipline Thursday for the third straight voluntary workout after injuring his throwing hand final week.

Coach Invoice Belichick acknowledged he expects Newton to be fair, but his absence did provide an different for extra reps for the team’s diversified three quarterbacks, Jones, Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer.

The Patriots are scheduled to possess a final voluntary workout Friday earlier than opening their three-day mandatory minicamp next week.

Despite no longer being on the self-discipline only currently, Jones acknowledged Newton has supplied diverse management and has been generous alongside with his time in showing the vulnerable Alabama star the ropes to this level.

“He’s done an big job being a real mentor. He brings chunky energy,” Stidham acknowledged. “Brian and Jarrett bask in done a real job of helping me in the movie room. All three of them – trustworthy look their reps and learn as critical as I’m in a position to. You don’t must be in on that play to learn. I trustworthy must determine attain that. I’ve been getting loads better at trustworthy watching tape and discovering out attain that and they’ve helped me in that regard.”

Jones has been a exiguous troubled at events when throwing the ball downfield all by the restricted portions of practice the media has been allowed to glimpse. Nevertheless he acknowledged his consolation stage is rising with every workout.

“In any case, trustworthy an on each day basis grind, so when you’ve got to reach in and find your routine. That’s what I’ve been attempting to identify – what’s my routine?” Jones acknowledged. “In college that you just would be in a position to perchance also bask in gotten one routine, in the NFL that you just would be in a position to perchance also bask in gotten but every other. Daily you roughly fiddle with issues. Obviously, there’s issues that I like that I’ve done and issues I must regulate.”

One in every of the largest adjustments has been discovering out look movie in “an NFL formula.”

“It’s diversified than college. There’s extra to it. It’s real soccer. I’ll figure it out,” Jones acknowledged. “I’m persevering with to develop in that facet. I’m clearly attempting as tough as I’m in a position to. It’s no longer like I’m leaving early or doing anything like that. We’re all trustworthy attempting to find better.”

That has incorporated taking stark coaching and criticism at events.

Asked only currently about how he’s coming near integrating Jones into the mix, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels acknowledged he’s repeatedly been partial to brutal honesty.

“With the quarterback room, the relevant ingredient about coaching these guys is — and we’ve got four chunky guys in the room — is you coach all of them tough and likewise you coach them all rather and likewise you coach them all to what they need,” McDaniels acknowledged. “One in every of them could desire a kick in the butt once quickly and one in every of them could desire a pat on the motivate. What all of them need is candy trustworthy conversation and positive criticism.”

Jones acknowledged he needs to be pushed tough.

It’s how he became coached by longtime Belichick buddy and confidant Slash Saban at Alabama and it’s what he expects at this stage.

“I’ve gotten tough coaching my entire existence, so I’m ravishing tough on myself. Assuredly it’s tough,” Jones acknowledged. “Josh, he expects everything to be absolute top. That’s why he’s so chunky at what he does. Our relationship is chunky. He does that with the total quarterbacks, so when you happen to omit one ingredient, it’s no longer absolute top ample.

“As a rookie, you pick to must check up on to find everything absolute top, but you’re no longer going to. So I trustworthy must get that and take a look at out to be the relevant I’m in a position to also be.”

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