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Patriots quarterback Mac Jones walks onto the field before the Browns game at Gillette Stadium on Nov. 14.

FOXBORO, Mass. — Mac Jones is smart enough to realize that he doesn't know much about playing in the cold.

So, as the weather in New England nears winter-like conditions for the stretch run of the season, the Alabama product is picking the brain of a trusted source.

"Just asking Brian a lot of questions." Jones said, referring to longtime Patriots backup quarterback Brian Hoyer.

Soon enough, though, the rookie quarterback will have to figure out how to deal with the frigid temperatures that players here are faced with every winter. Jones grew up in warm weather down south in Florida before going to college at Alabama, so he has minimal exposure to the cold.

As the Patriots prepare to face the Titans this Sunday, they've been practicing in sub 40-degree weather, and the temperature for gameday calls for something similar. Jones said he's thrown the ball in colder conditions. But the prospect of playing in December and January in Foxboro doesn't seem to faze him. He's taking it in stride, and knows there's nothing he can really do to prepare for it better than just experiencing it.

"It's going to get even more cold," Jones said. "Just getting ready for that. You can't really predict or prepare. It's not like you can go in a refrigerator or a freezer. You just have to go out there and do it. It is what it is."

Tom Brady, Jones' predecessor, regularly wore a glove on his non-throwing hand in cold weather games. But Jones said he isn't wearing a glove — he doesn't have any experience throwing with one on. The rookie isn't overthinking the situation, and isn't looking at it differently than any other unique conditions he may face on a weekly basis.

"I think take each day, day by day, and try not to focus on it too much and just wear what you're supposed to wear and take the advice from the older people who have played a lot in the cold and just try to figure it out," Jones said. "It's just another challenge, but you just have to look at it positively, as if it was raining or really windy or whatever the situation is. It's football and you're going to have days where it's cold and days when it's windy and days when it's raining, so you have to be ready for all situations. ...

"At the end of the day, it's just a mental thing and you have to battle through it and take each experience and see what you can do better. If you think you're too cold, then put more on and vice versa."

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