New Angle Of Mac Jones Ankle Grab Adds Context To Controversial Play

One Panthers defender called it a 'dirty play'


Nov 8, 2021

A new angle of the much-discussed Mac Jones-Brian Burns play does not reflect well on the New England Patriots quarterback.

An NFL Films clip shared Monday by Phil Orban of WSOC-TV in Charlotte appears to show Jones grabbing Burns’ ankle and twisting it as he rolls over. Burns was attempting to recover a fumble at the time after strip-sacking Jones during the New England Patriots’ 24-6 win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

Fellow Panthers edge rusher Haason Reddick ripped Jones after the game, calling his grab “completely dirty” and “completely intentional.” Reddick and Carolina head coach Matt Rhule both said Jones should have been penalized.

“Hopefully, it’s something that the league addresses,” Reddick told reporters.

Burns was injured on the play and later left the game, but Reddick said his teammate was “fine” and will “be all right.”

Patriots coach Bill Belichick pushed back on that narrative Monday morning, saying Jones grabbed Burns because he believed the defender had the ball.

Other current and former NFL players have weighed in on social media, with some criticizing Jones and others defending him.

Jones was not asked about the play during his postgame news conference. He’s scheduled to appear on WEEI’s “Merloni & Fauria” on Monday afternoon.

Thumbnail photo via Bob Donnan/USA TODAY Sports Images
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