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Patriots beat Washington, QB Mac Jones debuts

Rookie quarterback Mac Jones, the No. 15 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, completed 13 of 19 passes for 87 yards in his preseason debut for the New England Patriots on Thursday in Foxborough, Mass. File Photo by Aaron Josefczyk/UPI
1 of 5 | Rookie quarterback Mac Jones, the No. 15 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, completed 13 of 19 passes for 87 yards in his preseason debut for the New England Patriots on Thursday in Foxborough, Mass. File Photo by Aaron Josefczyk/UPI | License Photo

Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Former Alabama quarterback Mac Jones completed 13 of 19 passes for 87 yards to help the New England Patriots beat the Washington Football Team in his preseason debut.

Jones did not throw a touchdown or an interception in the 22-13 win Thursday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. He entered the game at the end of the first quarter.

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"Fundamentally, we made some progress, but we still have a long way to go," Patriots coach Bill Belichick told reporters. "There are a lot of things we need to tighten up and improve on."

The Patriots converted field goals on two of Jones' four drives. He exited the game with 1:20 left in the third quarter.

"We will look at it on film," Belichick said when asked about Jones' performance. "There were some good things, but a lot of things we can improve on. It's true for everybody. It's true for all of us."

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Patriots starter Cam Newton completed 4 of 7 passes for 49 yards and left the field after two drives. Backup Brian Hoyer completed 2 of 4 passes for 14 yards in the win.

Patriots running back Rhamondre Stevenson was the star of the game. The rookie out of Oklahoma carried 10 times for 127 yards and two touchdowns.

Washington starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 5 of 8 passes for 58 yards. Backup quarterback Steven Montez completed 17 of 24 passes for 108 yards. He threw a touchdown to veteran running back Lamar Miller and a fourth-quarter interception.

Washington and the Patriots each punted on their first drives. Washington kicker Dustin Hopkins missed a 40-yard field goal on the game's third drive. Patriots kicker Quinn Nordin followed with a successful attempt for 35 yards. He made another 50-yard kick on the Patriots' next drive.

Veteran running back Peyton Barber scored with a one-yard run late in the second quarter to give Washington a 7-6 lead at halftime.

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Jones led the Patriots to another field goal on the first drive of the second half. Nordin made that attempt for 40 yards. Hoyer led the Patriots on a 5-play, 24-yard touchdown drive to start the fourth quarter. Stevenson ended that drive with a one-yard run.

Montez found Miller with a four-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter. Stevenson answered with a 91-yard touchdown run on the next drive.

"There were a lot of positives," Washington coach Ron Rivera told reporters. "I'm very happy with some of the ball movement early on. I thought we made some plays down field when we had to. Unfortunately we didn't convert.

"I was really pleased with it."

The Patriots battle the Philadelphia Eagles in their next preseason game at 7:30 p.m. EDT Thursday at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. Washington hosts the Cincinnati Bengals at 8 p.m. EDT Aug. 20 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.

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