Mac Jones Explains What He Was Thinking On Brian Burns Ankle Grab

The New England Patriots beat the Carolina Panthers and players really had a reason to celebrate. Of course, everyone had great performance on the field. Rookie quarterback Mac Jones wasn’t at his sharpest, but the Brian burns ankle grab definitely made headlines. Bill Belichick’s first-round pick went on WEEI’s “Merloni & Fauria” to talk about this part of his game.

“After I got hit pretty hard, I didn’t know exactly what was going on,” Jones said. “I thought he had the ball and it was my job to make the tackle, and that’s pretty much it. Obviously, when you get up and see the ball is down the field a little bit more — it was just a bang-bang play. I didn’t mean to hurt anybody or anything like that. I was just trying to tackle him and make the play because I didn’t really know what was going on.”

Mac Jones may face consequences following the ankle grab

We all know that Jones got used to getting all these hits. It’s part of the game, remember? Well, Panthers edge rusher Haason Reddick would say this was part of the game. He said it was a completely dirty play and his head coach Matt Rhule agrees with him on this one.

Enter Belichick. He is realistic, and he would never defend someone’s mistake. However, he shares the same opinion with his rookie quarterback.

“I just thought that’s what had happened, and I had to make the tackle,” Jones said on WEEI. “So I dd what I did in real time, and it just is what it is.”

Jones and Burns know each other really well. By “well” I mean they don’t hate each other.

“I was young in high school,” Jones said. “I don’t even know if he knew who I was at the time. He probably doesn’t even remember. But there’s no beef or anything like that.”

This ankle grab caught the attention of many people. Recent sources reveal that the league is reviewing the incident. Will they fine Jones? The rookie has faced too many challenges so far in the regular season. He met Tom Brady early in the season and now we have this ankle grab.

“Hopefully, they see it how I saw it in the game and they don’t look too much more into it, because that’s what it was,” Jones said on WEEI.