1. Patriots cornerback Jonathan Jones recorded his third career interception in last week’s game against the Bears, which was a huge play in the game as the Bears were moving the ball at the time. The best reaction to the play came back on the East Coast, as his three-year-old daughter was very excited (see video below). Jones received the video via text after the game and posted it to Instagram, where it then went viral. “When I saw it I was like, ‘This is what it is about.’ She likes it, she enjoys the game,” he said in the locker room this week. Jones said his three-year-old loves being outside and while she likes football, her favorite sport might be soccer. She’s also learning numbers and knows her dad is No. 31, so can always point him out when watching on television. She attends the majority of the home games, but when she can’t go to road games she watches on TV. “That is what it is all about when you’re playing football,” Jones said. “To see your family, your kids, whoever it may be just being excited for you and being able to bring that joy to them — it’s definitely a good feeling.”
.@Patriots CB Jonathan Jones has the most adorable biggest fan: his daughter ❤️
— Yahoo Sports NFL (@YahooSportsNFL) October 22, 2018
2. Tom Brady has had a lot of praise for Josh Gordon and his ability to pick up the offense so quickly since joining the team. When speaking just prior to the quarterback on Saturday, the former Browns receiver gave a lot of credit to the rest of the Patriots wide outs. “It’s an integral part,” Gordon said. “Phil [Dorsett>, [Chris> Hogan, Jules [Julian Edelman>, everybody, Coach [Chad> O’Shea, I just like asking a lot of questions, because I don’t want to go out there not knowing what to do. If I can rely on those guys, and they don’t mind me asking, then I’m going to keep asking until I know 100 percent that I got it 100 percent. I’m going to double check and triple check. I’m appreciative with them being patient with me and working with me, and I’m just glad to have them. Without them, I probably wouldn’t be where I’m at right now. So, I’m thankful for them.” Gordon appears to be very well liked among his teammates and he’s really embraced the fresh start in New England.
3. After missing last week’s game against the Bears, Rob Gronkowski is now behind schedule when it comes to reaching his performance-based incentives. Right now, he’s on pace for 59 catches, 926 yards and two touchdowns and needs 70 receptions, 1,085 yards and nine touchdowns. It is worth noting that pace is based on if he plays in all nine games remaining, but also keep in mind who the Patriots are playing the rest of the year. There’s two games against the Bills and another against the Steelers — two teams Gronkowski usually has monster games against. So, if he can stay healthy and play in the remaining games, he still has a chance.
4. With Gordon not playing in a game until Week 4 and Edelman Week 5, there are some strange numbers as it relates to the Patriots passing game because of who was missing in Weeks 1-3. James White almost has twice as many targets as the second-most on the team. White currently has 65, while Gronkowski is second with 35. In terms of receptions, White leads the team with 45, while Gronkowski is second with 26. This speaks to just how good White is and he should be recognized as one of the best receiving running backs in the entire NFL.
5. This week was the two-year anniversary of Kyle Van Noy being traded to the Patriots from the Lions. Van Noy spoke this week and said the trade changed his career. It’s also worth pointing out just how good he’s been over the two-plus years. Including the playoffs, since 2016 he is one of three players to have at least 160 tackles, eight sacks, 12 QB hits and two interceptions. The other two are Khalil Mack and Lorenzo Alexander — pretty good company.
6. A win Monday would give the Patriots a two-game lead over the rest of the AFC East, which no one really would have imagined when the Dolphins started the year 3-0 and the Patriots 1-2. After a sluggish start, the division is right back to where many predicted it would be at the start of the season — a New England runaway.
7. It was a laid back Saturday at Gillette Stadium, which was evident following Brady wrapping up his press conference and Gronkowski then stepping to the podium. “If I had biceps like that, I would be wearing no shirt too,” Brady said to Gronkowski. It wasn’t just these two players, as the entire locker room was loose, which is likely a product of playing the Bills this week.
Tom Brady to Rob Gronkowski: If I had biceps like that, I would be wearing that shirt too pic.twitter.com/b1ghKqAQ91
— Ryan Hannable (@RyanHannable) October 27, 2018
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