After a difficult loss to open the 2021 NFL season, the New England Patriots bounced back Sunday with a Week 2 win over the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium.
It also was a special day for Patriots rookie quarterback Mac Jones, who earned his first career win. How does he feel about reaching that milestone?
“I think it feels good. It’s just what everyone is saying. It is hard to win in the NFL," Jones said in his postgame press conference. "We’ve played two games and won one and lost one. You’ve got to take it for what it’s worth and we’ll get better. I think everybody, including anybody who watched the game could agree that the offense can play better, and we will.
"The defense did a great job creating the turnovers. And we talk about it all the time, playing together, complementing one another -- offense, defense special teams. On offense, we definitely feel blessed to win, but at the same time you have to take it for what it’s worth and move on and try and correct the things that we need to work on.”
Jones' stats against the Jets were decent, but not great. He completed 22 of 30 pass attempts for 186 yards with zero touchdowns and zero interceptions. The Alabama product was accurate and didn't make any critical mistakes, which is what you want to see from a rookie.
There's still plenty of room for improvement, though, as Jones and the Patriots turn their focus toward preparing for a Week 3 game against a quality New Orleans Saints opponent next Sunday.