FOXBOROUGH -- The pick-6 Mac Jones threw at the end of last week's game against the Cowboys -- it appears it wasn't all on the Patriots rookie quarterback.
Speaking Wednesday, wide receiver Kendrick Bourne indicated it was on him.
“That whole sequence, I’ve been thinking about that,” Bourne said. “I didn’t touch the ball before that play, and it came off my fingertips. I looked at the film, and I took a one-step slant. I was supposed to run a three-step slant. It’s things like that that I can’t do, and that’s on me. So when I did that, that’s all I thought about.
“And then that play, it’s like, what kind of mindset do you have? Are you going to go to the sideline and cry or throw your helmet or yell at Mac? Is it his fault? But I literally took it all [on] myself. I was supposed to run a three-step slant. [The defense was] kind of all over the place, so I was like, I’m about to just go in the window. But that goes away from my technique.”
Jones and the Patriots went right back to Bourne on their next play, which resulted in a 70-yard touchdown to retake the lead at the time.
In the end, the Patriots fell 35-29 and are now 2-4 on the year. Bourne said mistakes at key times are holding the team back.
“We’re doing the wrong things at crucial times,” he said. “It’s nothing crazy, but it affects the result of the play. Through the game, I thought we were playing well, but when we get to the end or a crucial drive, we’ve just got to execute better.”