AFC Notes: Jets, Patriots, Mac Jones


  • NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo reports Jets LT Mekhi Becton began experiencing issues after he put on weight following his knee injury. He is now expected to be fully healthy and back in shape for offseason workouts.


The Patriots’ 2021 season came to a crashing halt on Saturday night, as New England suffered its worst playoff loss in team history at the hands of the Bills, 47-17. Patriots HC Bill Belichick acknowledged there will be some hard questions the team has to ask of itself this offseason as it moves forward. 

“We have to take a good long look again not just at one game, but all 18,” Belichick said via NFL Media’s Jeremy Bergman. “You could argue there were elements in last night’s game in some other games. But you’re right: Last night’s game was the least competitive game that we played last year. Is that what we are or is that a bad night? We’ll see when we start playing next year, I guess.”

  • ESPN’s Mike Reiss thinks the door would always be open in New England for former Giants HC Joe Judge if he wanted to rejoin the staff, though right now his old ST coordinator position is held by Cam Achord
  • Belichick confirmed he still plans on coaching in 2022: “I’d say that would be accurate.” (Cox)
  • Patriots WR Matthew Slater said he plans to take some time and discuss with his family before making a final decision on whether to play in 2022. (Andrew Callahan)

Mac Jones

Patriots first-round QB Mac Jones has high expectations for himself and for New England in the future as they move forward following his rookie season. 

“I think you get more comfortable with anything you do in life,” Jones said via NESN’s Zack Cox. “I always relate it back to being a pilot. Like, if you’re a pilot and you’ve only flown so many times, by the time you have hundreds of flight hours, it’s just an everyday thing for you. So for me, obviously I was a rookie, and I played like that sometimes, and I shouldn’t have.

“I can play better, and that’s my goal this offseason: to advance and bring the guys along with me. We have great players all around me, and I know we have a lot of progress to make, and I’ll just feel more comfortable with anything you do a second time around — schedule, routine, everything. There’s no excuses, but there’s a lot that goes into it besides one thing.”

  • PFN’s Tony Pauline has heard in NFL circles that Patriots OC Josh McDaniels might not believe first-round QB Mac Jones is someone the team can advance deep in the playoffs with, which is why he could have interest in other head coaching jobs. 

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