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Patriots OC Josh McDaniels Has ‘No Concern’ Of Mac Jones Hitting Rookie Wall

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After an inconsistent start to the season, it looked like New England Patriots rookie quarterback Mac Jones had found a rhythm as the team went on a seven-game win streak.

After Week 14’s bye, the Patriots fell to the Indianapolis Colts in Week 15 and the Buffalo Bills in Week 16 — could Mac Jones be hitting a rookie wall?

Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels says Jones is doing just fine and ready to go.

“He’s doing fine,” McDaniels said Tuesday. “No concern on that. Each rookie kind of handles that differently. There’s always a stretch during the course of the middle of the season that’s a little bit new to him, because when you count the preseason games, preseason work, starting in July, usually that happens somewhere towards the end of October, middle of November, somewhere in there.”

The offensive coordinator said Jones has gotten through that.

“He understands what he needs to do. He does a great job with his regimen, takes care of his body, his preparation,” McDaniels said. “He’s learned how to manage his time and what he needs to allocate it towards, and I think that’s a really important thing for a young player.”

McDaniels said there are areas Jones needs improvement in after he went 14-for-32 — the lowest completion percentage (43.8%) as a pro — for just 145 yards and two interceptions in Sunday’s loss to the Bills, the Boston Herald reports. But the offensive coordinator said a successful passing game is a product of the unit, not just quarterback play.

The Patriots (9-6) host the Jacksonville Jaguars (2-13) in Week 17’s matchup on Sunday and close out the regular season on the road at Miami (8-7) on Jan. 9.

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Written by Megan Turner

Megan graduated from the University of Central Florida and writes and tweets about anything related to sports. She replies to comments she shouldn't reply to online and thinks the CFP Rankings are absolutely rigged. Follow her on Twitter at @Megnturner_ and Instagram at @Megnturner.

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