New England Patriots wide receiver Kendrick Bourne he probably had to make a double claim when he saw the quarterback Mac Jones.
Bourne noted that Jones was missing something he brought with him when he arrived in New England as Alabama’s first-round pick last year.
“His stomach is gone and he looks really good,” Bourne laughed after Monday’s organized team work on the training fields behind Gillette Stadium. “He is definitely a professional now.
“When you’re a rookie, you just don’t know it until you do it in a year. So it’s definitely a lot more shape than ever. It just dominates the conditioning and is just a drug to be seen. So he will just be able to endure more in one game and go through more. “
According to Jones, conditioning is an area where he is a priority after the rookie season, in which he throws 3801 yards and 22 touchdowns (with 13 interceptions), while leading his team to 10 wins in the regular season and a place in the playoffs.
“I think every year you want to do as a self-assessment: how you felt during the games and body fat, all that stuff,” Jones said. “For me, just clean up your diet and I’ve learned more this off-season than I’ve probably ever learned about nutrition, sleep, health and all that.
Jones said he focuses on eating healthy, eliminating a lot of things that are bad for my diet, but at the same time I need to maintain my weight and be able to take punches so that there is a good balance for each player. Every player is different and for me I have definitely reduced my body fat a bit and I will have a chance to gain weight before the start of the season and be able to take the blows. “
Although Jones may have a slightly new look, he will be a quarterback in attack, which also has a new look. Josh McDaniels, a longtime offensive coordinator and Patriots quarterback coach, is leaving for the Las Vegas Raiders head coach.
Although the team has not yet announced another offensive coordinator, head coach Bill Belichick, Joe Judge and Matt Patricia appear to have been responsible for the breach at various times on Monday.
Judge, who was fired as head coach of the New York Giants after last season, has been named by the Patriots as an assistant in attack. Patricia, the former head coach of the Detroit Lions, has been named by the team as a senior football adviser.
Jones said the fact that the team has not yet announced an offensive coordinator does not worry him.
“It’s not my decision to make and we have enough time for all this, so at the moment it’s about the fact that the boys and I are on the same page,” he said. “Running backs, tight ends, receivers and then working on the offensive line, doing some things with them, just to make sure we’re all on the same page.
“So it always comes back to the players and we are excited to grow together and learn from the one who coaches us.”
Jones said he was pleased with the pass-grab group, which added broad receivers DeVante Parker (acquired in the Miami Dolphins trade) and Tycoon Thornton (second-round pick from Baylor) this season.
“I’m really happy with the band we have,” Jones said. “I had the chance to work with all of them in the off-season in different places and here and all that, so I’m very happy with everyone and again we have a close group. DeVante did a great job logging in and working on a new system. He has some knowledge of the Dolphins and all that, but we are happy to have him and everyone who can contribute to our team … So this is a good group and we just have to keep uplifting each other and push each other and compete. “
Report from the Associated Press.
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