A quarterback was on the move before Tuesday’s NFL trade deadline, and his name wasn’t Mack Jones.
The Patriots, who struggled through a horrendous 2-6 campaign, showed little interest. According to The Athletic The one that came in just before 4:00 p.m.
Despite some speculation, the Patriots have not received any trade calls for QB Mack Jones, according to sources, Jeff Howe posted on X.
Although Jones, who threw nine touchdowns against eight interceptions in eight games, had a forgettable season, his name was floated earlier this week following Vikings quarterback Kirk Cansin’s season-ending Achilles injury.
As Pat McPhee brought up Jones’ name for Adam Schefter on Monday’s self-titled show, ESPN’s NFL insider offered an interesting look at the former first-round pick.
“Mc Jones is interesting, but that’s costing New England his offseason because one of the reasons the Patriots haven’t changed quarterbacks is because they don’t have another guy now that they feel like they can turn to him. Schefter said during an appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show.”
“So if you’re trading McJones when the season goes south, fine, but that’s looking at the half-way point, which seems a little weird to me when they like McJones and they don’t. someone else”
Behind Jones — who has been benched at times this season — the Patriots have second-year quarterback Bailey Zappe, veteran Will Grier and rookie Malik Cunningham on the practice squad.
Schefter also questioned the logistics of the Vikings-Jones union Monday, a day before Minnesota traded for Cardinals quarterback Josh Dobbs.
Let’s say Minnesota wants McJones – and this is the first I’ve heard of it – what would the Vikings give up for him? What are the Patriots willing to trade for? It’s hard to get that balance to work for both sides.
Despite a rough season for Jones, the 25-year-old quarterback said the team will find a way through.
“We’re not looking for a record. I just have to review the game film, be where my feet are and see what I can do better as a quarterback.” Jones said following Sunday’s 31-17 loss to the Dolphins.
“And I know everybody’s going to do that or try to do that. It’s tough, right? You don’t want to be here. You don’t want to be in this place. But at the end of the day, we’re playing football and we’ve got to go out there and figure it out.
Jones was selected 15th overall in 2021 and earned a Pro Bowl nod and reached the playoffs that season.