The Patriots are on to Buffalo.
Mac Jones said he’s moved on. So has the rest of the team.
Jones said that while the Indy loss was in the past, the team can learn from the game, and having a bad week of practice. They can learn, and apply it to Sunday’s showdown with the Bills in Foxborough, with the AFC East title weighing in the balance.
“We addressed the issue. ... we’re moving on. We’re ready to go this week,” Jones said during his weekly appearance on WEEI’s “Merloni & Fauria” show. “We understand what’s at stake, we understand what we need to do to practice well, and the mentality you have to have coming into the building. I think the proof is in the pudding, and when you look at practice, and we practiced well earlier in the year, we won the games we played in. When we didn’t practice as well, we didn’t win. So it’s not just this week. It’s kind of our formula for the whole season.”
Several Patriots players who spoke to the media via Zoom call agreed.
Jamie Collins said it was important to get the bad taste out of their mouths from the 27-17 loss, where the Patriots made a ton of mistakes, and were flagged for eight penalties.
“I feel like sometimes you need that humble pie, you know what I’m saying?” said the linebacker. “You need that setback just to keep you honest.”
Running back Brandon Bolden didn’t want to speak for others, but offered a similar mindset to the rest of the players who spoke with the media Monday. He called it having a “reflection check” before moving on.
“For me personally, it’s just one of those it happened, it’s over, we’re flushing it, we’re moving on,” he said. “I’ve been here for awhile. And, it’s that infamous Bill (Belichick) quote, ‘We’re on to Buffalo.”
Defensive lineman Lawrence Guy said the best part of the Patriots is how they respond during situations like this, and understand why and how they’re beating themselves.
“We got three games left in the season, and everybody’s going to play those three games like it’s the last game of the season,” said Guy. “We all understand that, and I think every team in the league understands that, so we just gotta go out there and keep pushing ourselves.
“We can say (the Indy) game wasn’t characteristic of what we do, but I’ll say, ‘Hey, we’ve got to learn from our mistakes. And that’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to learn from our mistakes and strive to be better.”
Guy also thought it was important that there hasn’t been any finger-pointing going around. The situation has been addressed collectively.
“Jamie said it’s humble pie, but the one thing you didn’t hear is a whole bunch of finger-pointing,” he said. “You didn’t hear, ‘it’s this person’s fault’ . . . it’s a team. The team dropped the ball, and as a team, we’re going to get better. That’s what we gotta do.”
-- Boston Herald
Bourne on COVID list
On Monday, the Pats placed receiver Kendrick Bourne on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, per the league transaction wire. Rookie defensive end Ronnie Perkins, rookie linebacker Cameron McGrone and veteran linebacker Harvey Langi were also added.
The additions bring the Patriots up to seven players now on the COVID list, along with injured tight end Dalton Keene, offensive lineman Yasir Durant and running back J.J. Taylor.
Bourne’s availability for this weekend’s game against the Bills could be pivotal, as the Patriots took some injuries at receiver this past week.
Bourne is in the midst of a career year in his first season with New England. Over 14 games, the receiver has caught 45 passes and has already matched his career-high of 667 receiving yards and five touchdowns.
Bourne’s availability for this weekend’s game against the Buffalo Bills could be pivotal, as the Patriots took some injuries at receiver this past week. Nelson Agholor and N’Keal Harry both left Saturday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts with head injuries.