FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones and most of the team’s starters are not expected to play in Thursday night’s preseason game against the New York Giants, sources told ESPN.
The Patriots have joint practice with the Carolina Panthers next week, followed by a preseason game with them.
The following week, the team flies to Las Vegas to train with the Las Vegas Raiders and play one final preseason game against them.
The Patriots’ preseason opener is expected to be mostly rookies and backups vying for roster spots. Rookie quarterback Bailey Zappe, a fourth-round pick from Western Kentucky, plans to see most of the action behind veteran Brian Hoyer.
The Giants plan to open with their healthy starters, according to sources.
https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/34383095/sources-mac-jones-most-new-england-patriots-starters-not-expected-play-preseason-opener Mac Jones, most New England Patriots starters not expected to play in preseason opener