Mac Jones offers critical self-assessment of performance vs. Bills


By almost any metric, Sunday was one of the worst games of Mac Jones' young NFL career for the New England Patriots.

The rookie completed only 14 of 32 passes, the first time he failed to complete 50% of his throws, for 145 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. It all added up to a 31.4 passer rating, by far the worst of his first 15 starts.

For his part, Jones owned up to his poor play in the 33-21 loss to the Buffalo Bills, saying right off the bat in his postgame press conference that he didn't play great.

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"I can play better and I can lead a lot better," Jones said. "It starts with me."

Jones averaged 4.5 yards per attempt Sunday, the lowest of his NFL career.

Jones has thrown multiple interceptions in consecutive games for the first time in his career, after having just one game with multiple picks in his first 13 starts. His passer rating has declined over four straight games -- which to be fair, does include his three-pass performance against the Bills earlier this month -- and Sunday was also his first career game in which he threw an interception with no touchdown passes.

"You can't have successful plays when your quarterback's not doing the right thing, so I have to play better and get the ball to the people that need to get the ball," Jones said. "There's no excuses."

Jones will have a chance to turn it around next weekend against the worst team in the AFC, the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the quarterback drafted 14 slots ahead of him last April in Trevor Lawrence.