Sources: Pats QB Jones expected to sit vs. Giants

by Ricardo Gutierrez - Patriots quarterback Mac Jones and most of the team's starters aren't expected to play in Thursday night's preseason game against the Giants, sources told ESPN.

Sources: Mac Jones, most New England Patriots starters not expected to play in preseason opener play Why Ninkovich sees Pats' training camp struggles as 'growing pains' (1:04) Rob Ninkovich explains why he sees the Patriots' rough start to training camp as part of the process. (1:04) 7:56 AM ET Mike Reiss Close Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer Covered Patriots since 1997 Joined ESPN in 2009 Dan Graziano Close Dan Graziano ESPN Staff Writer Joined ESPN in 2011 New Jersey native and author of two published novels FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones and most of the team's starters aren't expected to play in Thursday night's preseason game against the New York Giants , sources told ESPN. The Patriots have joint practices next week with the Carolina Panthers followed by a preseason game with them. Then the following week, the team flies to Las Vegas for joint practices with the Las Vegas Raiders and a final preseason game against them. Editor's Picks QB Jones expecting 'to grow' in Pats' new offense 2d Mike Reiss The Patriots' preseason opener is expected to mostly feature rookies and backups vying for roster spots. Rookie quarterback Bailey Zappe , a fourth-round pick out of Western Kentucky, projects to see the majority of action behind veteran Brian Hoyer . The Giants plan to open with their healthy starters, per sources.