Here’s how ‘Santa Mac’ Jones came through for the Patriots’ offensive line

But Karras wouldn’t offer many details about Jones’ gifts.

“I’ll let him explain whatever he’s got, but it’s a myriad of articles, each one cooler than the next,” Karras said. “One of the best efforts, especially from a rookie, to show appreciation and wish us a Merry Christmas. Very grateful to him.

So what exactly did the offensive line receive?

Jones connected every lineman with a cryptocurrency starter pack, complete with Bitcoin via the Swan Black Card, a subscription to Bitcoin Magazine, and four-day passes to Bitcoin 2022, a conference hosted by the magazine which is scheduled to take place in April in Miami.

To help organize the package, Jones contacted David Bailey, CEO of Bitcoin Magazine and University of Alabama alumnus.

“I’ve been studying Bitcoin for a while now,” Jones told the magazine. “This year, I just knew I had to donate Bitcoin to my teammates.”

Jones surprised the 12 offensive line members on the 53-player roster and the practice squad: Karras; centers David Andrews and James ferentz; tackles Trent Brown, Yodny cajuste, Yasir Durant, Justin herron, Will sherman, and Isaiah Wynn; and guards Shaq mason, Mike Onwenu, and Alex richmond.

“I am very happy to be his teammate here this Christmas season,” said Karras. “He obviously played an important role in our season. He’s a great person and a leader, and someone I admire and really like to block.

Bourne enabled

The Patriots activated the wide receiver Kendrick bourne from the reserve / COVID-19 list on Saturday afternoon, which means he will be available to play against the Bills on Sunday.

The team also placed the defensive end Deatrich Sage on the COVID list, which means he will miss Sunday’s game. Wise has been on the court for 51% of defensive snaps this season, recording three sacks and 36 tackles.

Bourne, who is vaccinated, alluded to his return on Saturday morning when he tweeted, “Juice [sic] had the best Christmas news ever. He was placed on the COVID list on Monday after testing positive and has not practiced all week.

The offense could certainly use Bourne, who has 45 receptions for 667 yards and five touchdowns this season.

Ahead of Sunday’s AFC East showdown, the Patriots had already ruled out another wide receiver Nelson agholor because of a concussion. N’Keal Harry (hip) is listed as questionable after practicing in a limited capacity all week.

To strengthen the host body, the team temporarily raised Kristian wilkerson off the practice team. Defensive tackle Daniel Ekuale and a half corner D’Angelo Ross were also temporarily high.

The Patriots also activated the linebacker Josh uche outside the casualty reserve. Uche had missed the last four games as he recovered from an ankle injury.

Appearance of the token

Bourne digs his toes into the world of non-fungible tokens.

He collaborated with the founders of Disruptive Sports Agency Henri organ and Hector Rivas, as well as designer Ben miller, to design three custom pairs of Nike Air Force One sneakers that were also recently released as digital art on the NFT Open Sea Marketplace.

Auctions for the three NFTs began on December 19 and will end on January 10.

Each NFT has a central theme to Bourne’s career: “Boston Dominance,” which highlights the success of the city’s sports teams; “Poly Pride,” which showcases Bourne’s Polynesian heritage through reprints of his tattoos and the Samoan flag on the heel; and “$ 84 Bill,” which features his face on a ticket worth his jersey number, 84.

The winning bidders will also receive the corresponding pair of Air Force One, autographed by Bourne.


Nicole Yang can be contacted at nicole.yang@globe.com.

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