Mac Jones says he wants to remain with the Patriots
The future of Mac Jones appears to be up in the air even more now, as the quarterback was benched once again in the Patriots' latest loss to the Giants last Sunday.
After playing just the first half, Jones watched from the sidelines as Bailey Zappe marched the offense down the field for a touchdown to start the third quarter, only to end up throwing an interception and Chad Ryland missing a game-tying field goal in the final seconds.
Because of his latest performance, many are tripling down on their belief that Jones can no longer be the quarterback in New England, whether because of his progressive regression or due to appearing broken after the last two seasons.
But how does Jones feel about the idea of playing for another team next season? He was asked about that during his weekly appearance on WEEI's "Jones and Mego" and shared a bit of an unexpected response.
"I mean, I’m good right now. I really want to be the quarterback here. I’ve always wanted to be a quarterback in the NFL, and specifically for the Patriots. Like I said, I’ve got a lot of room to grow and everything, and I’m going to just continue to work hard and do all the things I can to put myself in a position to have success."
Given his potential options, it's not surprising to hear Jones state he would like to remain with the team he's currently on. Given his poor performances over the last two seasons, he may not have many opportunities to play for another team.
However, a fresh start could be beneficial for him to develop into the quarterback many thought he would be, as it appears more than ever that is not going to happen in New England.
But at the same time, he has remained consistent with wanting to be a Patriot. He said as much to Roger Goodell when the team drafted him in 2021, which remains true. It's a bit unexpected since the alleged tension and lack of support from the team would surely impact his overall demeanor, but Jones expressing that he wants to stay in Foxboro says a lot, even if some would argue the opposite.