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Hunter Henry: Mac Jones’ leadership has ‘stepped up a ton’ in Patriots QB’s second season 11/28/2022 Chris Mason,

FOXBOROUGH — Though it’s been a tumultuous sophomore season, Mac Jones is rounding into form at the right time.

The second-year quarterback delivered his best performance of the season on Thanksgiving in Minnesota, and played well against the Jets in the previous week, too. He and the Patriots offense are clearly building momentum, though a major test looms with Buffalo on Thursday night.

After losing Josh McDaniels, battling a high ankle sprain, and dealing with “Zappe! Zappe! Zappe!” chants at Gillette Stadium, Jones has responded to adversity in a positive way. That hasn’t been lost on his teammates, like veteran tight end Hunter Henry.

“He’s doing a great job, man. This year has been tough at times. Just going through an injury and battling his way back. It’s fun to see him have success and just the leader he is,” Henry said on Monday afternoon. “We just continue to ride him throughout this whole year. He’s a stud. I’m glad he’s my quarterback. Glad he’s our quarterback. Excited to go out there and compete every single week with him.”

Henry reiterated how much fun Jones is to be around, and said he believes the quarterback’s leadership has actually improved in his second season. Jones was voted a captain by his peers at the end of training camp, and behind closed doors he’s run with the responsibility.

“I think (his leadership style) has changed, right?” Henry said. “Last year you step into a role as a rookie. You kinda have to earn a little bit. You’re not just going to be a vocal leader all of a sudden. But I feel like this year it’s really stepped up. He’s a lot more vocal. Telling guys how he sees things so we can talk through things. That’s what it’s all about. We’re the guys that have to go out there and compete. He’s the guy that has the ball in his hands pretty much every play.

“So I think his vocal leadership stepped up a ton. Just what he wants, what he sees, and communicating those things with us.”

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