On a day when one prominent Patriots fourth-round pick is making his season debut, another is stealing the show in his first career start.
Cornerback Jack Jones, starting in place of the injury Jalen Mills, jumped an Aaron Rodgers throw with less than a minute left in the first half and took it back for a touchdown.
The rookie showed off his ball-hawking skills and instincts for attacking the football on the play, jumping the out route for an easy pick and running uncontested to the end zone to stake the Patriots to a stunning 10-7 lead on the Packers at half time in a game starting quarterback Brian Hoyer (starting for Mac Jones) left in the first quarter and rookie Bailey Zappe seeing his first regular-season action.
Jones also forced and recovered a fumble on fellow rookie Romeo Doubs to steal a possession from the Packers in the first quarter.
Despite a few missed tackles, the first-year cornerback has so far been the difference in the game for the underdog Patriots.