Mac Jones gave an update on the Patriots offense

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“I feel confident in what we are doing.”

Mac Jones at a Patriots practice on Aug. 31. Photo AP/Steven Senne

The Red Sox beat the Twins 6-5 on Wednesday. Boston hosts the Rangers tonight at 7:10 p.m.

Also on Wednesday, the Revolution tied the Chicago Fire 0-0 at Gillette Stadium. New England are currently trailing the last playoff spot (held by Inter Miami) by one point with six games remaining.

Mac Jones and the notion of good games against bad games: During his press conference on Wednesday night, Patriots quarterback Mac Jones was asked if the team had “discovered what works and what doesn’t” by Karen Guregian of The Boston Herald.

“You can have a bad result with a [play] and you’re like, “aw, I don’t really like that one”, but most of the time it’s more about the process of the piece and what you’re trying to do, so I don’t think that canning a coin because it doesn’t work once in a game or practice is [a good] idea,” Jones said.

“I think, like I always say, I just like to know why and when coaches explain this to me, they’ve done a great job of explaining, ‘hey, this is why we’re doing this’, and from there, it’s my job to execute it and do a great job,” he added.

Jones said he has seen progress at a fundamental level.

“That’s one of the things I feel like I figured out,” he said. “I’m very particular about what I’m supposed to do every game and we all are and want to know as a receiver where do I line up and what do I do. As a quarterback, what are my readings on this specific game. Everyone has their own job, but it’s all about what you do on this game to make it a better game.”

The play call issue comes during a time of uncertainty surrounding New England’s new offense. The disappointing results — albeit in training camp and preseason — produced a level of skepticism among NFL pundits.

With the Patriots now 10 days away from opening the regular season in Miami against the Dolphins (1 p.m. Sept. 11), Jones said he remains “confident.”

“It’s been good,” he said when asked about offensive development during training camp. “Lots of learning experiences and [there’s] always room for growth.

“I think we’ve sorted out a lot of things and it’s good that they’re happening now,” Jones explained. “I have confidence in what we are doing. We just have to go out there and do it for 60 minutes, and it’s just game by game.”

Anecdotes: By beating Anett Kontaveit (the world No. 2 ranked player) at the US Open on Wednesday, Serena Williams improved her legendary career record against top 10 opponents (436-122). Against which specific top 10 opponent has Williams recorded the most wins in singles matches?

(Answer below).

Hint: She retired in 2020 with a 2-20 record against Williams, although one of her two career wins came in the 2004 Wimbledon final.

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On this day: In 2007, Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz threw a no-hitter in only his second career start in a 10-0 win over the Orioles. Buchholz retired nine in the process, including the final out of the game.

daily highlight: In a near-playoff atmosphere in Wednesday’s Dodgers-Mets game, New York outfielder Brandon Nimmo had one of the season’s catches to help preserve a 2-1 win.

Quiz answer: Maria Sharapova


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