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

The spirit of giving is alive and well in Patriots rookie quarterback Mac Jones.Steven Senne/Associated Press

Patriots offensive lineman Ted Karras broke into a smile Friday afternoon when asked if “Santa Mac” had paid a visit to the locker room.

“Santa Mac did,” Karras said. “And he did an outstanding job.”

After practice wrapped up on the stadium field on Christmas Eve, players huddled around the lockers of the offensive line to check out what gifts rookie quarterback Mac Jones had delivered. According to Karras, “everyone was kind of jealous.”

But Karras wouldn’t offer many details about the presents from Jones.

“I’ll let him explain everything that he got, but it’s a myriad of items, each one cooler than the next,” Karras said. “One of the best efforts, especially by a rookie, to show appreciation and wish us a merry Christmas. Very thankful to him.”


So, what exactly did the offensive line receive?

Jones hooked up each 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 scheduled to take place in April in Miami.

To help organize the bundle, Jones reached out to David Bailey, CEO of Bitcoin Magazine and a fellow 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 give some Bitcoin to my teammates.”

Jones surprised all 12 members of the offensive line on the 53-man roster and 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’m very glad to be his teammate here in this Christmas season,” Karras said. “He’s obviously been a huge part of our season. He’s a great person and a leader, and someone I admire and really enjoy blocking for.”


Bourne activated

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

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

Bourne, who is vaccinated, hinted at his return Saturday morning when he tweeted, “Juss [sic] got the best Christmas news ever.” He was placed on the COVID list Monday after testing positive and did not practice 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 already had ruled out fellow 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 bolster the receiving corps, the team temporarily elevated Kristian Wilkerson off the practice squad. Defensive tackle Daniel Ekuale and cornerback D’Angelo Ross were temporarily elevated, as well.

The Patriots also activated linebacker Josh Uche off injured reserve. Uche had missed the last four games while recovering from an ankle injury.

Token appearance

Bourne is dipping his toes in the world of nonfungible tokens.

He collaborated with Disruptive Sports Agency founders Henry Organ and Hector Rivas, as well as designer Ben Miller, to design three customized pairs of Nike Air Force One sneakers that were also recently released as digital art on NFT marketplace Open Sea.


Bidding for the three NFTs began Dec. 19 and will close Jan. 10.

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

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

Nicole Yang can be reached at nicole.yang@globe.com.Follow her on Twitter @nicolecyang.