Mac Jones’ personal holiday touch is Mac Jones’ handwritten notes for Patriots’ O’linemen

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Quick thoughts and notes about the New England Patriots & NFL

1. Mac’s handwritten notes:The Patriots’ offensive linemen weren’t willing to reveal what rookie quarterback Mac Jones gave them for Christmas. They spoke more about Santa Mac and their appreciation of his gift that included everything from Bitcoin to New England shoes, a Yeti cooler and Keurig supplies.

Privately, many people have said that they were overwhelmed by two things. His inclusion of backups and players from practice-squads for 12 oversized gift boxes that filled up their locker rooms, and each one of them receiving a personalized, handwritten message from him.

Jones confided to his colleagues that he was worried about falling short in the gift department. Ted Karras, a veteran guard, described it as a “big haul”, and “myriad” of items — each one cooler than another.

It turns out that Jones didn’t really need the old-fashioned touch and handwritten notes. He also needed his heartfelt feelings about the linemen.

“Very thoughtful,” one replied.

Gordon and Holly Jones, Jones’ parents, instilled in him the power and utility of pen and paper as an alternative to email or text messages.

Jones, 23, stated, “I’ve always been told that when you sit down to write a letter to anyone you’re trying communicate with, it means something a little more.”

Jones is aiming to make a positive on-field finish to the Patriots’ season with Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars (1:05 p.m.). ET, CBS) Jones has a chance to bounce back after two of the worst performances of the season.

A win and loss by either the Miami Dolphins (at Tennessee Titans) (or the Las Vegas Raiders, at the Indianapolis Colts) can secure the Patriots a playoff spot.

Karras summarised Jones’ holiday gesture by saying that the offensive linemen felt “very thankful” for Jones. He is a great teammate.

2. McDaniels and Jaguars If the Jaguars intend to keep general manager Trent Baalke and involve him in the search for the team’s next head coach — as NFL Media reported last week — it would be surprising to me if Josh McDaniels has significant interest in the job. At this point, I don’t see McDaniels coveting a job with a GM already in place.

3. Mac’s odds:Jones could win the NFL’s Offensive rookie of the year award if he has a great day against the Jaguars. According to Caesars Sportsbook, he is currently -475 to win this award. This means that he is a substantial favorite to win it (you would need to wager $475 for him to win $100).

Curtis Martin was the last Patriot to win in 1995.

Caesars Sportsbook also lists Ja’Marr Chase, Cincinnati Bengals receiver, Jaylen Waddle, Miami Dolphins receiver (+6600), and Najee Harris, Steelers running back (+10000).

Creed Humphrey of the Chiefs, the Oklahoma second-round selection who has played in every AFC game as the No.1 seed, is now the Chiefs center. You might be wondering, “Hey, how about offensive linemen?”

4. Bourne’s bonus:Many Patriots fans fled the scene after the third quarter ended in 33-21 defeat to the Bills. However, Kendrick Bourne, wide receiver, caught a 20-yard pass. It was not significant to the final outcome but it was very important for him personally. Bourne received 700 receiving yards in this season’s campaign, which qualified him for a $250,000 bonus. Bourne can still earn $250,000 with three more catch to reach 50 and an additional $250,000 for 800 receiving yards.

5. Madden on Belichick:Bill Belichick, Patriots coach, made warm remarks about John Madden’s legacy last week when Madden passed away at 85. Madden was a guest on The Tonight Show. Podcast of Cam Inman from Bay Area News GroupHe once did the same for Belichick, saying of him: “It took his a while to get starting, but once that he got started he’s on an amazing run. Bill Belichick isn’t just the greatest coach in football; he is, in my opinion, one of the most successful coaches to ever have coached.

6. ‘Nother for N’Keal?N’Keal Harry was allowed to replace Nelson Agholor last week, but it was disappointing with a season-high 61 snaps and two catches of 15 yards and one hard drop. Are the Patriots going to be back with Harry this week, Agholor being out due to a concussion again? Their decision will speak volumes as Kristian Wilkerson, practice-squad goal, deserves to be allowed to take the reps and see what he does.

7. Bolden’s revelation:Patriots running back Brandon Bolden, a veteran of the Patriots, shared his first public admission that he had surgery in 2018. He was diagnosed with mucoepidermoid tumor, which is a common type salivary gland cancer. Bolden was out with his son Brycen and had just finished spending some time in the bathroom when he noticed that he could see his full face. Bolden was able to look through photos from his surgery on his phone. Post them to InstagramTo share his story. Bolden, a high risk player, decided to leave the 2020 season because of his medical history.

“I never thought I would be able to play another in the NFL. Here I am, four years after my surgery, and I’m still strong,” he stated.

8. Damien’s energy:If you attend an early portion of Patriots practice these past weeks, there is usually one voice that rises above all the rest: it’s Damien Harris. He’s a third-year running back who is always energized and pushing Jones, his best friend from the University of Alabama, to the forefront. Harris replied, “I love the chance to go outside and do what my heart desires every day. It brings me joy and excitement. It’s hard to not get excited when I’m out on the field.”

9. Ziegler’s notes:Similar to Jones, I understand that Dave Ziegler, the Patriots’ first-year director of player personnel, wrote holiday cards for his spouses. Notes were written in the spirit of acknowledging and thanking for the sacrifices families make during football season.

10. Did you know that?Harris surpassing 100 yards rushing against Jaguars will mark his third consecutive game at that level. He would be the Patriot’s first Patriot to achieve this feat since Corey Dillon back in 2004.