Mac Jones sees progress in Patriots offense heading into preseason


“It’s just that two percent that we have to fix.”

Patriots quarterback Mac Jones walks onto the field at Patriots training camp. Carlin Stiehl for the Boston Globe

A day after David Andrews rounded up the Patriots offense for a lengthy post-practice huddle, quarterback Mac Jones said he saw the team making a lot of progress.

After practice on Tuesday — with the preseason opener against the Giants looming on Thursday — Jones told reporters the Patriots know implementing their system takes “time and patience” .

“I think we’re close on a lot of things,” Jones said. “It’s just that two percent that we have to fix.”

At times this preseason, reporters have noted that Jones often seemed under pressure — either because his offensive line crumbled or because his receivers couldn’t open up. On Monday, Jones could be seen gesturing in frustration after being abducted by Joejuan Williams trying to hook up with DeVante Parker.

“I care a lot about the guys around me and when I’m not producing, or we’re not producing together, it’s kind of frustrating sometimes for some reason,” Jones said. “It takes 11 people and if one guy doesn’t do his job, including me, then the play doesn’t work. So we’re trying to get 11 people to do it right and do it right more consistently.

In an interview with the Boston Herald On Monday, former Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia noted it was too early to pass final judgment on the beleaguered line, calling for at least three regular-season games.

“The pads are on, but they’re not playing real football yet”, Scarnecchia says Karen Guregian. “Every time they play the Giants, we’ll have a better idea of ​​where this thing is. Even at this point, it’s not quite fair to say they can’t [do it].”

Jones also praised the offensive line.

“I think we have good offensive linemen, good forwards,” Jones said. “A lot of it is about understanding the pattern and making sure there are no free guys. That’s the most important thing for me: as long as there’s no free, I should be able to throw, like any quarterback can. And I know my offensive line can do it. It’s just to reduce communication. It’s different from what we’ve done in the past, so just figure that out and try to watch it together and all that.

“It’s a bit frustrating at times, but our offensive line – the real players and coaches – are doing their best.”


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