Mac Jones has gotten under the skin of a lot of defensive players during his short time in the NFL. Jones has fostered a reputation of playing a bit on the edge at best and playing a bit outside the lines at worst.
Controversy surrounding him last year was a series of questionable plays that landed Jones with the label of being a “dirty” player.
He is being called out once again, but this time for something he said to another player.
In a recent documentary series on Netflix, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes revealed that defensive players usually go easy on him because he’s respectful and nice to them.
Veteran Calais Campbell said he goes easier on quarterbacks who are nice, but made it clear that New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones is one guy who crosses the line.
“Calais Campbell confirmed Patrick Mahomes’ theory, floated on ‘Quarterback,’ that DL go a bit easier on QBs who are nice. The only one who he thought crossed the line the other way? Mac Jones,” Atlanta Falcons reporter Josh Kendall said.
Campbell said Jones attempted to trash-talk him, but it came off as extremely disrespectful.
“Philip Rivers was a good trash talker, but he was never disrespectful, Mac Jones actually, he was kind of disrespectful,” he said. “I’m like, ‘Hold on, man.’ (It was) just trash talk to the highest level. It was like, ‘You don’t trash talk me.’”
The Patriots selected Jones 15th overall in the 2021 NFL draft out of Alabama, and he went on to have an impressive rookie season, completing 67.6 percent of his passes for 3,801 yards and 22 touchdowns against 13 interceptions in 17 games.
The team expected an even bigger jump in 2022, but he went on to have a tumultuous season as the Patriots missed the playoffs for the second time in three years. Jones completed 65.2 percent of his passes for 2,997 yards and 14 touchdowns against 11 interceptions in 14 games.
His play is one thing, but if he wants to stay healthy, he should probably get away from being an unlikable guy or defensive players are going to start headhunting.
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