Peyton Manning read Mac Jones’ lips as the camera zoomed in on the Patriots quarterback during the ManningCast broadcast of Patriots-Bears Monday night on ESPN.
“I’m out,” Jones told Nelson Agholor, according to the Hall of Fame quarterback.
Manning said he understands why Jones wasn’t happy about being pulled after three series.
“That’s a tough way to play quarterback, isn’t it?” Manning said. “If you’re hesitant to make a game knowing you’re going out, it’s tough. Guess he didn’t know that was the deal.
Jones left the game after throwing an interception on his third practice of the game as fans chanted Bailey Zappe’s name at Gillette Stadium.
“I really wanted to play better,” Jones said after the game. “I just have to do better at my job, and that’s all that matters. That’s all I can control. Honestly, we have a good chance here to play the Jets, and that’s what I’m focusing on.
Zappe led the Patriots in consecutive touchdowns in his first two practices. But, Zappe struggled late in the game and threw a pair of interceptions.
Zappe went 2-0 as a starter while Jones was out and finished the game Monday night after Jones was knocked out.
“They trust Zappe, he made good decisions,” Manning said. “But, I hate when a quarterback throws an interception, we’ve thrown them all, and you usually don’t come out right away in the second quarter. We’ll see how Zappe goes.
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