FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Patriots rookie quarterback Mac Jones turned in a stellar efficiency in his NFL debut Sunday, however a late fumble by operating again Damien Harris on the Miami Dolphins‘ 9-yard line ended what might have been a go-ahead landing drive, as New England fell 17-16 at Gillette Stadium.
Jones completed 29-of-39 for 281 yards and one landing with no interceptions. The 281 passing yards are probably the most by a Patriots quarterback in his first profession begin, in keeping with ESPN Stats & Info analysis.
“I believe we are able to get higher; that is simply how we’ve got to take a look at it. Undoubtedly wasn’t ok, beginning with me,” Jones stated.
When the Patriots took over on the 50-yard line with 8 minutes, 7 seconds remaining within the fourth quarter on a Jonathan Jones interception, the stage was set for some late-game magic that followers beforehand turned accustomed to watching Tom Brady from 2001 to 2019.
However Harris had the ball stripped away from him by Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard on the 9-yard line with 3:31 left, and Howard additionally recovered it.
The Dolphins transformed two first downs to expire the clock.
“Damien’s clearly very disenchanted, nevertheless it would not go all on Damien,” stated Jones, who was additionally teammates with Harris at Alabama. “There’s a variety of issues I might have accomplished to be higher, to not even be in that state of affairs, take some larger chunk performs.”
It was a shocking activate a day by which Jones met the expectations that arrived with him after the Patriots chosen him with the fifteenth total choose on this yr’s NFL draft.
He threw his first career touchdown pass late within the second quarter, a 7-yard connection to receiver Nelson Agholor. One of many themes of the day was Jones’ manufacturing beneath duress, as he was 8-of-12 with the landing when going through stress, in keeping with ESPN Stats & Info analysis.
He led three drives of 14 performs, however all of them led to area objectives. The lone landing drive lined seven performs and 54 yards, and when Agholor tried at hand him the soccer to maintain, Jones didn’t want it.
“It would not actually matter; it is only one landing,” Jones defined after the sport. “We’ve to attain extra. It is not like the sport was over proper there. We gotta do higher within the purple zone and get extra touchdowns. And we’ll.”
Rookie quarterbacks had been 6-0 beneath coach Invoice Belichick of their first profession begins. Jones’ debut was extremely anticipated in New England, with the group rising to its toes as he took the sector in warm-ups whereas the track “Mr. Jones,” by Mike Jones, performed.
With Jones and the Patriots going through Tua Tagovailoa and the Dolphins, the matchup marked the primary time two Alabama quarterbacks began in opposition to one another within the NFL since 1993.
“I used to be completely happy for him,” stated Tagovailoa, who completed 16-of-27 for 202 yards, with one landing and one interception. “It being his first actual sport, with a crowd like this, I assumed he made some actually good throws. Mac seems to be like he matches completely into their offense and system.”
Jones stated offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels had a easy message for him getting into the sport.
“[He] advised me, ‘Simply benefit from the day. You will by no means play a rookie-year opening sport once more.’ However that is not how I wished it to go,” Jones stated.
That is the second straight season the Patriots misplaced an AFC East sport on a fumble in area aim vary. Final yr, they trailed the Bills 24-21 on the Buffalo 19 earlier than QB Cam Newton fumbled with 37 seconds left.
The Patriots completed Sunday with 4 fumbles, shedding two. The final time they’d 4 fumbles in a season opener was Sept. 5, 1993, in a 38-14 loss to the Payments — the day first-round quarterback Drew Bledsoe made his NFL debut.
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