Mac Jones has been the middle of criticism during the last 24 hours for a play that Panthers linebacker Haason Reddick called “fully dirty.” However on Monday, the Patriots quarterback mentioned that he did not have any intentions to harm Panthers defensive finish Brian Burns.
The rookie echoed Patriots coach Invoice Belichick’s feedback from earlier within the day that he thought Burns had the ball after the defensive finish tackled and stripped the ball within the first quarter of the Patriots 24-6 win.
“After I obtained hit fairly exhausting, I did not actually know precisely what was occurring,” Jones instructed WEEI’s “Merloni & Fauria” radio present. “I assumed he had the ball. It was my job to try to make the sort out. That was just about it. Clearly if you rise up and see the ball, it’s truly down the sphere just a little bit extra.
“It was a bang-bang play. I did not imply to harm anyone or something like that. I used to be simply making an attempt to sort out him and make the play as a result of I didn’t actually know what was occurring.”
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Mac Jones Explains Play That Panthers LB Called ‘Dirty’
Jones, who threw for 139 yards with a touchdown and an interception on 12-for-18 passing, said he was hopeful that the NFL wouldn’t fine him for twisting Burns’s leg, which saw the Panthers defensive end momentarily leave the game with an injury.
“Hopefully (the NFL) sees it like I saw it in the game and don’t look too much more into it because that’s what it was,” Jones said.
NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported on Monday that the NFL is presently trying on the play and that the worst-case situation for Jones is nothing greater than a fantastic.
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