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Mastrodonato: Mac Jones wasn’t the problem for the Patriots, but he’ll need to do more in 2022



Mastrodonato: Mac Jones wasn’t the problem for the Patriots, but he’ll need to do more in 2022

Maybe if Nelson Agholor was able to beat Micah Hyde and Mac Jones’ pass wasn’t intercepted on the Patriots’ first drive on Saturday night, we might be talking about the quarterback differently.

But probably not.

Because on the next drive, the Patriots didn’t even let Jones throw the ball. They went three and out with three straight run plays.

By the time Jones got to throw another pass after the interception, the Pats were down 20-0 and it was no longer OK to keep the ball on the ground. The game was now on his shoulders.

Obviously, that’s exactly the spot the Patriots were hoping to avoid as they ended up getting routed in a 47-17 defeat that will be difficult to shake off.

And as the season came to an abrupt end, we’re still wondering if Jones is going to be the quarterback who gets the Patriots back to the top of the AFC, or if he’s just an average thrower who will never be able to compete with the other high-powered offenses in the league.

While Jones wasn’t making much of an impact for the Pats’ sluggish offense, Josh Allen was showing off as he exploded for five passing touchdowns and an almost-perfect quarterback rating of 157.6.

Obviously, Jones is far from Allen’s caliber. And while we saw plenty of poise and development from the Alabama product in his rookie year with the Patriots, questions remain about his decision-making, arm strength and ability to lead a team from behind.

A lot will depend on the weapons Bill Belichick can provide him with, because it was again clear on Saturday that there aren’t many.

Kendrick Bourne (seven catches, 77 yards and two touchdowns) looks like the real deal and a bargain signing for three years and just $15 million. Hunter Henry (one catch, 30 yards) has been a reliable red zone target. But there wasn’t another player on offense who looked threatening.

On 1st and 10 from the 50 on the Pats’ first possession, Jones found Brandon Bolden wide open about 30 yards downfield and hit him in the chest, but Bolden dropped it. The next play, Jakobi Myers corralled a tip ball into his hands, but he dropped that one too.

When there were key yards to pick up, it was unclear who Jones could rely on.

On 3rd and long after two straight drops, Jones had to pick up 16 yards on his feet with a scramble that included several jukes and revealed a mobile style of play we have rarely seen from Jones this year.

But the next play, when Agholor beat his man and broke free down the left sideline, Jones didn’t put enough juice on a rainbow pass towards the pylon. And while Agholor saw the ball the entire way, Hyde cut the route and made a ridiculous grab before he crashed into the end zone with an interception.

A more aggressive receiver might’ve noticed it was underthrown and leaped up to make a play. The Pats probably haven’t had a receiver who could do that since Rob Gronkowski.

Regardless, it looked like Jones was decisive and in-command on that opening drive. The Bills wanted to pressure him early and sent six rushers on the Pats’ first passing play, but Jones hung in the pocket and timed a curl route perfectly to Bourne for a big gain. Twice he escaped the pocket to extend the play and create a 30-yard pass to Henry and a 16-yard run for himself. The pass to Agholor wasn’t perfect, but it wasn’t bad, either.

And yet still, the Pats called three run plays on the next drive and never gave Jones a chance. Not soon will we forget the three passes they let him throw in Buffalo earlier this season.

How long will it take for the Pats to trust their quarterback? The offense still looks like it’s built for Tom Brady, but Jones doesn’t have the accuracy, strength or awareness to pick apart quality defenses.

He got better than he was early in the year, though. And while he’s still not much better than an average quarterback in the NFL, teams can win with average quarterbacks.

The Patriots didn’t. After the way they faded down the stretch during the regular season and got smoked in Buffalo to wrap things up, it’s hard to feel good about this team.

The Pats don’t have an offense that can run toe to toe with the Bills, Chiefs and Bengals.

Jones didn’t play poorly, but if you lose by 30 points and the quarterback isn’t the problem, that’s a problem in itself.


Pedestrian dies after being struck by vehicle at Marshall Avenue Bridge



Pedestrian dies after being struck by vehicle at Marshall Avenue Bridge

A man was killed early Saturday morning when he was struck by vehicle at the Marshall Avenue Bridge in St. Paul.

Police were called to the scene at about 2:20 a.m. and found a man, believed to be in his mid-40s, lying in a traffic lane with severe head trauma. He was taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center, where he later died, according to the St. Paul Police Department.

The driver of the vehicle, a 72-year-old man, remained at the scene and was cooperating with the investigation. Officers did not detect any signs of impairment, police said.

A witness reported that the pedestrian was seen walking in the middle of the road before the crash, police said.

The case remains under investigation.

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Dallas Keuchel is designated for assignment after the Chicago White Sox pitcher’s ERA ballooned to 7.88



Dallas Keuchel is designated for assignment after the Chicago White Sox pitcher’s ERA ballooned to 7.88

The Chicago White Sox designated starter Dallas Keuchel for assignment, the team announced Saturday.

Keuchel had a 2-5 record and a 7.88 ERA with 20 strikeouts in eight starts this season.

The left-hander, who won the American League Cy Young Award in 2015 with the Houston Astros, was a major addition during the 2019 offseason, agreeing to a three-year, $55.5 million deal. The contract included a team option for 2023.

Keuchel went 17-16 with a 4.79 ERA in 51 appearances (49 starts) for the Sox.

He finished fifth in the American League Cy Young voting in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, going 6-2 with a 1.99 ERA in 11 starts. Keuchel was 9-9 with a 5.28 ERA in 32 outings (30 starts) last season and was placed on the taxi squad for the playoffs.

Keuchel this month had strong outings at Boston (two runs in six innings on May 8) and against the New York Yankees (five shutout innings on May 14) before struggling against the Yankees on May 21 at Yankee Stadium (six runs in four innings) and Thursday against the Red Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field (six runs in two innings).

In Saturday’s corresponding move, the Sox recalled infielder Danny Mendick from Triple-A Charlotte.


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The Mandalorian Season 3 Release Date: Things You Need To Know!



The Mandalorian Season 3 Release Date: Things You Need To Know!

In the third season of the American television series The Mandalorian, Pedro Pascal plays the titular character, a bounty hunter who travels to Mandalore with his friend Grogu to rectify his previous sins. It belongs to the Star Wars series and is set after Return of the Jedi (1983). Jon Favreau is the showrunner for the next season, which is produced by Lucasfilm, Fairview Entertainment, and Golem Creations.

Continue reading to learn everything there is to know about The Mandalorian’s third season. This is the correct path!

The Mandalorian Season 3 Release Date:

Filming for Season 3 of The Mandalorian began in October 2021 and concluded in late March 2022. The development of The Mandalorian’s third season began in late April 2020, and it was announced in December of the same year.

The season will release on the streaming channel Disney+ in February 2023.

Is it feasible that the show’s launch will occur in 2023? After The Book of Boba airs on Disney Plus, we will receive confirmation, as everyone at Lucasfilm is now focused on the series.

Who is cast in The Mandalorian?

In addition to Pascal, Weathers and Giancarlo Esposito feature in the successful series as Greef Karga and Moff Gideon, respectively. Esposito has previously hinted that he will reprise his part, saying to Entertainment Weekly, “I have a feeling you’ll be seeing more of me next season. You will most likely see a great deal of Moff Gideon.”

Katee Sackhoff also appears as Bo-Katan Kryze in the second season. The actress told /Film, “The way Lucasfilm left me at the end of season 2, one of the paths that might be taken — without a doubt — would be the unfinished business.” “But it is so far beyond my pay grade, and you do realize that, right? As a fan of the program, I can’t wait to see what they create.”

Gina Carano’s Cara Dune is a character whose return to The Mandalorian cannot be ruled out. The actress was dismissed in 2021 due to a social media post. Gina Carano is not presently employed by Lucasfilm, and there are no plans to hire her in the future, according to a statement from a Lucasfilm representative (via The Hollywood Reporter). Her derogatory social media remarks based on people’s cultural and religious identities are repugnant and unacceptable.

Meanwhile, a new member is being added to the cast. According to THR, Back to the Future actor Christopher Lloyd will have a “guest-starring” part. Unknown at this time is the role that The Tender Bar actor will play.

What occurs in the third season of The Mandalorian?

Given that the Season 2 finale resolved several plot holes, it is impossible to say at this time. It is likely that, now that he is no longer accountable for Baby Yoda, Mando will return to his career as a bounty hunter and reconcile with Greef Karga.

Din Djarin might be included in Bo-Katan Kryze’s attempt to recapture Mandalore. Given that his Mandalorian history has only been alluded to on the show, that would be exciting. Returning to the planet would allow him to explain his upbringing to other Children of the Watch members.

There may be conflict now that Mando has agreed to join Bo-Katan, who plainly despises the religious extremists she previously mentioned. Bo-Katan will almost probably have to battle Mando for control of the Darksaber, thus despite Grogu’s disappearance, there are still plenty of stories to tell.

Even though little is known about The Mandalorian’s narrative, it looks that a significant feature from the first two seasons will be eliminated. According to Inverse, the “Volume,” a 360-degree green screen used to show the wide locations of the series, is no longer onset. This may hint that the series will place a larger focus on the handcrafted sets that contributed to the popularity of the previous trilogy.

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How to Watch The Mandalorian Season 3?

Star Wars is an exclusive Disney+ original series. Catch up on the first two seasons, which are also accessible on the streaming site, before the new episodes come.

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