On the eve of his second season in the NFL, Mac Jones earned yet another honor.
The Patriots named him team captain, along with five other players for that season. Head coach Bill Belichick made the announcement Wednesday before practice in South Florida.
“I think that’s really cool, I think I have a lot of work to do,” Jones said in a video posted to Twitter by Boston Globe’s Jim McBride. “I want to become an even better leader and I think we have great guys around us who make everything better. Great coaches, great organization and we just have to build.
Defensive back Devin McCourty, special teams ace Matthew Slater and offensive lineman David Andrews were once again selected as captains after playing the role last season. Jones, defensive lineman Deatrich Wise Jr. and linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley were added as new captains.
Running back James White retired last month and linebacker Dont’a Hightower is not currently on the roster. Both were captains last season.
Jones, who turned 24 earlier this week, made the Pro Bowl last year in his rookie season. The 2021 first-round pick completed 352 of 521 pass attempts for 3,801 yards and 22 touchdowns to 13 interceptions.
Prior to joining the Patriots, Jones was a member of two national championship teams at Alabama and finished third in Heisman Trophy voting during his junior season.
Jones, who replaced Cam Newton as New England’s starting quarterback last year, was a member of the 2021 PFWA All-Rookie Squad.
“I’m going to continue to learn from older guys like I did when I got here,” Jones said Wednesday. “Hopefully some of the younger guys can come to me with issues they want to solve and issues they’re struggling with and I’ll be happy to help anyone on our team.”
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