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Belichick: Jones will continue as Pats starter against Jets

FOXBORO, Mass ( Associated Press) — Bill Belichick wanted to see how Mac Jones began practice this week before deciding whether he would play quarterback for the Patriots beginning next game.

On Thursday, the head coach said he had seen enough to make a decision. And he announced that Jones would start against the Jets on Sunday.

“That’s the decision. Now there we are,” Belichick said. “I talked to all the quarterbacks, so they all know where we are.”

Belichick said Jones, who was not listed in the injury report after three weeks of dealing with a sprained ankle, was in normal practice on Wednesday and subject to any restrictions during the New England (3-4) trip to New Jersey. Won’t happen. Sunday’s game against the Amazing Jets (5-2).

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Belichick said getting a healthy dose of reps for Jones as a starter would be relevant to his preparation.

“He’s ready to do that,” Belichick said. “That’s what he needs to be ready for the game and that’s what our offensive unit needs. They all work together, so we’ll have that during the week,” he added.

Jones is looking to bounce back from a poor showing in last week’s matchup, losing 33–14 to Chicago. Jones initiated that duel, but only worked three series and saw one of his shipments interrupted.

He was replaced by Bailey Zappe, who played the rest of the match.

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Later, Belichick insisted that his plan was to always use both quarterbacks in the game. He said the condition of Jones’ ankle meant he did not return to the sport.

Jones, who no longer wears a bandage on his left leg, said Wednesday that he believes he deserves the starting job.

“I feel great. I just try to take my treatment and do a good job of it,” Jones said of the ankle. “Like everyone else, I just stick to my routine and get a better fit. I try to come back to be a player.”

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