Mac Jones gives harsh evaluation on his performance vs. the Chargers

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New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones had a rough game against the Los Angeles Chargers. He’ll be the first to admit it.

“I definitely didn’t have my best day at all. I think everyone around me had a great day, that’s what football is all about,” Jones said during his postgame press conference in L.A. after the Patriots won, 27-24. “I have to find ways to improve in that aspect of just being consistent and making the throws I know I can make. The offensive line did a great job of keeping me clean. The receivers were getting open, and the backs were running hard and protecting — same thing with the tight ends, they were getting open. ”

Jones completed 18 of 35 passes for 218 yards, zero touchdowns and zero interceptions. He took one sack for seven yards. It just wasn’t Jones’ day, with the quarterback struggling uncharacteristically on short passes. This season, Jones has completed 78.4% of his passes that travel 0-9 yards in the air. And yet, he was just 9 of 17 (52.8%) against the Chargers.

“I can definitely play better, and I’ll put that on me,” Jones said. “Everyone around me did a great job; special teams, defense played great. I think we just played together and didn’t quit. The effort was there. The guys around me played well, so that’s all there is to it.”

The truth is that Jones has had brilliant performances in losing efforts. So he’ll take what he got against the Chargers: a win.

“We finished strong. That’s the moral of the story, just finish strong. It feels a lot better to be on the winning side, when not playing as well, than it does to be on the losing side,” Jones said.

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