Mac Jones shows off his skills and fun side in Pro Bowl Skills Showdown


Jones earned the AFC a win in the “Thread the Needle” event, but the former dodgeball hero couldn’t help his team win the contest.

AFC quarterback Mac Jones of the New England Patriots warms up before competing in the 2022 Pro Bowl Skills Showdown on Wednesday. (Gregory Payan/AP Images for the NFL)

Mac Jones won’t officially play his first Pro Bowl until Sunday, but the Patriots quarterback got his first taste of the fun Thursday night at the Pro Bowl Skills Showdown.

Jones joined elite AFC players like Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs, Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill and Browns cornerback Denzel Ward against an NFC team that boasted Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson , Vikings receiver Justin Jefferson and Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons.

Naturally, the former Alabama star, known for his accuracy (67.6 completion percentage in 2021), took part in the precision passing competition, which involves hitting targets at varying depths. But Jones couldn’t keep up with the NFC’s Wilson, who had 29 points in the event to Jones’ eight.

But the NFL quarterback, soon to be a sophomore, earned the AFC’s only victory in the “Thread the Needle” contest, in which he had to get past NFC cornerbacks Trevon Diggs and Darius Slay.

Jones threw a drill interception to Diggs – flag the chair’s analysis on his lack of arm strength! But he still managed to edge out Kirk Cousins ​​in the 12-11 challenge.

In the “Best Catch” contest, he helped connect with Hill over a rendition of David Tyree’s “headphone jack” — something Tyree, a competition judge, Appreciate a lot– and a Bills-inspired capture that saw Diggs dive from a van through a table.

But Jones and the AFC team couldn’t top the NFC in the “Best Catch” category or in dodgeball, which saw Jones, a “very good dodgeball player in middle school and high school, get off the stage early.

Of course, you can point out that Jones only ended up in the Pro Bowl because other AFC quarterbacks dropped out.

On the other hand, you can also appreciate that the young Patriots quarterback was even good enough to be considered to go to the event – and clearly had fun doing it.

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