Patriots’ Mac Jones no stranger to quarterback shuffle

Benching Mac Jones would be a bold move for coach Bill Belichick. Or panicky movements.

Yes, Jones has struggled this season. Yes, he has as many interceptions (10) as touchdowns, but that’s never good.

Yes, the Patriots will be on a three-game losing streak heading into Sunday’s game against the Giants.

And yes, Jones has missed three games this season, and Jones and offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien had emotional and sometimes angry exchanges as things worsened on a team averaging just 14.1 points per game. .

Belichick hadn’t declared who would start under center for the Patriots all week Sunday night, but the veteran coach finally appeared to make a decision on Jones’ fate late Saturday night.

according to Boston Herald reportJones will start against the Giants.

Mac Jones of the New England Patriots
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Nevertheless, all of this intrigue was fairly new to Jones, 25, but not entirely new to looking inside the quarterback shuffle.

During his freshman season at Alabama in 2017, Jones played in an era where Jalen Hurts was the starter and Tua Tagovailoa was the backup, but things reversed with the Giants’ Brian Daboll in the second half of the national championship game. Head coach, then-Offensive Coordinator in Tuscaloosa.

“I’ve been dealing with this issue all my life, whether it was at Pop Warner, when I was in high school, when I was in college,” Jones said. “I was there, I wasn’t really there, but I was with Jalen and Tua. I witnessed everything. I heard every conversation, I observed everything. , I watched every move between each person. So I learned a lot about both of them, and I learned a lot about myself. I talked to Jalen and Tua, trying to learn from their situations, It’s always good to develop friendships.”

Jones entered the weekend with a 3-0 record, including three wins against the Jets at MetLife Stadium.

Bailey Zappe, who was considered as the other starting quarterback throughout this week, is 2-0 in his NFL career as a starter.

Is there anyone in Giants lore to challenge Victor Cruz Arza, a touchdown celebration born of Cruz’s Puerto Rican heritage?

Well, not yet. Cruz scored 25 touchdowns during his time with the Giants, and one more in the Super Bowl win. But if Cedar Grove, N.J., native Tommy DeVito continues to lead his team to the end zone — he’s already thrown six touchdown passes in limited playing time — perhaps his Italy This homage to the roots of the Giants will establish them as beloved Giants. ‘ tradition.

After DeVito threw a touchdown pass to Saquon Barkley, he raised his right arm in the air and rubbed his fingers together. It was one of three scoring passes DeVito made in last week’s 31-19 win over the Commanders. DeVito said the gesture was suggested a few weeks ago by Giants assistant athletic trainer Phil Buzzerio.

“I thought it was just old Italians who start doing this when they’re talking,” DeVito said, recreating the hand gestures. “That’s just a little bit of credit for them. Somewhat.”

Joe Judge signed a five-year contract as the Giants’ head coach and was fired after his second season with a 10-23 record. That means the Giants will pay Joe Judge until the 2024 season. He returned to the Patriots in 2022 and spent the past two seasons as an offensive assistant, quarterbacks coach and assistant to head coach Belichick.

Rookie running back Eric Gray was placed on injured reserve. He has been out since Week 7 with a calf injury. Gray struggled as a punt returner early this season.