Patriots captain Ja'Whaun Bentley confirms latest drama surrounding Mac Jones

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As the new Patriots quarterback of the last two years, Mac Jones was bound to create enemies for that reason alone. But he's also potentially made some situations worse for himself, as he has caught some heat from players around the league for some of his on-field behavior.

Other than being labeled a "dirty player." last season for what some believe were dirty hits on defensemen, the quarterback is now being discussed again by a veteran lineman, but this time for his alleged trash-talking.

While speaking to ESPN last week, Jaguars defensive lineman Calais Campbell confirmed a comment Patrick Mahomes made on the new show Quarterback when he said: "that he’ll sometimes offer complimentary words to defensive players in an effort to make them like him."

Campbell then mentioned he's noticed quarterbacks will tend to lay off the trash talk when in the face of a pass rusher especially, but outed Jones as "kind of disrespectful" with his trash talkers when they played each other last season.

"I don’t even remember now [what Jones said]. Just trash-talking to the highest level. But it was just, ‘You don’t trash talk me.’"

Other than this not being that big of a deal, as a lot of players talk trash on the field during games, it's just another instance of a guy on another team taking the opportunity to pile on Jones to label him something because it's the thing to do right now. Similar to most who referred to Tom Brady as a cheater throughout his entire career.

It didn't matter if it was true or not; it only mattered that plenty of others had said it, and enough people believed it to be true. This feels like a similar situation.

Although it's not been treated as some revelation or a big controversy, it remains a discussion online to the point that reporters even asked Jones' teammate Ja'Whaun Bentley about Campbell's comments before training camp on Wednesday.

The defensive captain confirmed that Jones is the best trash-talker on the offense but is still working on improving his trash-taking skills. Because, again, it's not something unique to Jones or any other player in any competitive setting.

It's unfortunate that Jones has already made an impression enough in the league to have players pile on him in this way, but it is what it is, and it's part of what comes with the territory as a member of the Patriots.