The New England Patriots won the second game of the regular season. Mac Jones and his teammates are now getting ready for Week 2. It was a good game and even a close win can give players a reason to celebrate.
The Patriots entered the regular season with a different offense. Bill Belichick and his coaches made some changes. Patriots receivers did a good job in the 17-14 win over the Steelers, but the tight ends didn’t play their best basketball. Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry had zero catches on four targets. This was a big disappointment for coaches. Smith’s performance didn’t come as a surprise because he wasn’t efficient in 2021. What about Henry?
Mac Jones and his teammates are ready for Week 2
Smith and Henry may be struggling, but Jones has nothing but respect for his teammates.
“This week was a little different the way we approached it,” Jones said on WEEI’s Merloni, Fauria & Mego. “But they’re not complaining or anything. They’re happy. They’re doing what they’re supposed to do on every play, and when their plays come, they’ll come. Great players. Jonnu and Hunter have done a great job. They know that their plays will come. It’s a long year. That’s what I told them.
“Some games, it might be a two-tight end game. Sometimes we don’t want to do that. It just depends on the game.”
Patriots tight ends see bigger workload this season. Smith plays 57% of offensive snaps and Henry sees 50%. Smith acts like a blocker.
The Patriots got these two for a reason. We all hope to see the best from their game. Jones would never doubt their potential.
“They know how to make the plays,” Jones said. “They just have to get the opportunity. And when they do, I’ll make sure to hit them. We have plenty of plays for them. Everyone can get the ball at any time, and we definitely want to find ways to get them the ball, too.”
The 2022 season brings a lot of challenges to the team. Let’s prove doubters wrong!