Mac Jones breaks the silence, talks about an ankle injury and explains why being part of Zappe’s support plan was crucial for him

News Summary:

  • Injured signal-caller Mac Jones also lent a hand to the rookie.

  • During his time as starting quarterback with the New England Patriots, Bailey Zappe praised the efforts of his teammates to help him adjust to the massive jump from Western Kentucky to the NFL.

Jones, about to play in Monday’s game against the Chicago Bears, broke his silence and spoke to reporters Friday for the first time since a day after suffering a sprained ankle in the Week 3 loss against the Baltimore Ravens. Jones explained why it was vital for him to be part of the support system for Zappe.

How much Jones’ mentorship has helped Zappe is unknown, of course, but it certainly can’t hurt. In three appearances with the Patriots this season – two of which were starts – Zappe completed 72.9% of the passes for 596 yards, along with four touchdowns and one interception.

“I think I’ve been in situations like this before – whether in college or not,” Jones said while addressing reporters from his locker Friday. “When you’re in it, you’re in it, and you want everybody to help you. He’s done a good job pitching himself as a young guy. And I’ve always had good mentors and things like that, so that’s my plan.”

Zappe certainly appreciated the second-year quarterback bringing some knowledge his way.

“We meet almost every day with the quarterbacks,” Zappe said on Oct. 11 on WEEI’s “Merloni, Fauria & Mego” show, as transcribed by MassLive’s Chris Mason. “We go over the day’s installation or the week’s game plan, and I ask Jones a lot of questions because he’s had a whole year, so he knows a lot more than I do. So if I can check with him about certain things, certain plays, certain coverages, he always has a good answer for me. He’s helped me a lot.”