Mac Jones looking forward to Week One meeting with Alabama teammate Tua Tagovailoa

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When the Patriots take on the Dolphins on Sunday, it will be a meeting of former Alabama teammates Mac Jones and Tua Tagovailoa, who were both first-round picks and are now their teams’ starting quarterbacks. Jones is looking forward to it.

Tua’s an awesome guy,” Jones said on WEEI, via the Boston Herald. “He’s really a good, talented football player. Learning from him, and Jalen [Hurts] was great, obviously. Now that we’re all getting a chance here in the NFL, I think it’ll be cool to go up against each other.”

Jones was the backup quarterback when Tagovailoa suffered a serious injury in his final season at Alabama, and Jones is impressed that Tagovailoa has made it all the way back.

“I think Tua, obviously, coming off the injury, that can’t be easy,” said Jones. “And being there with him when he was going through rehab, that was obviously hard . . . he’s obviously made a lot of improvements. I’m sure he feels more comfortable. He’s always had talent, and he always will have talent. He works hard, and does all the right things. I think he’s a good person to watch, whether it was just seeing him make the plays I know he can make running around, and doing all that stuff, making those off-script plays, it’s just good to watch to see him back at full health.”

24 responses to “Mac Jones looking forward to Week One meeting with Alabama teammate Tua Tagovailoa

  1. The Dolphins aren’t that good and even if they were, BB’s ability to cheat better than anyone else would be too much for them to overcome. Mac will outplay Tua as the Pats begin their drive towards another illegitimate title.

  2. I hope the Patriots have more patience with Mac than the Dolphins are apparently showing Tua!

  3. I’m just excited for some football to start….& getting my first look at Jones as the starter just makes it that much more interesting for me as a fan….Pats team looks A LOT DIFFERENT this year & I know that’s a good thing….
    Go Pats!!!!!

  4. cylondetector says:
    September 8, 2021 at 6:10 am

    I hope the Patriots have more patience with Mac than the Dolphins are apparently showing Tua!

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    Couldn’t agree more! Mac appears to learn quickly and is accurate with his throws, but he’s still a rookie and he’s going to make some bad plays and have some bad games along the way– it’s just part of the learning process. I remember Bledsoe starting as a rookie and while there were flashes of his capabilities, it wasn’t until year three that he really looked like a franchise QB. Luckily with the Patriots I think the ownership and coaching is stable enough that they can give the kid time to learn from his rookie mistakes.

  5. With the Dolphins, Jets, and Saints on the Patriots schedule to start the season, the Pats will probably be 3-0 by the time Brady returns to Foxborough.

  6. So the last underwhelming Alabama QB in the NFL is facing off against the latest underwhelming Alabama QB in the NFL. *yawn*

  7. I believe Peyton Manning had 28 interceptions his rookie seasons. NFL defenses are a lot different than anything Jones has played against. But the kid is exciting and had enormous potential. It’s going to be an exciting season for Pats’ fans

  8. Been a Pats fan since the 70’s. Really looking forward to this season. A lot of youth to watch develop. The last 20 years (except 2020), the Patriots were expected to make a deep run. Being the up-n-comer is a good look. I think this year will be the last for McCourty, Hightower, and Slater, so it will be a really different identity going forward.

  9. I’m looking forward to it as well! I love seeing all the delusionals out there.

    It’s great!

    Phins drafted the bust and NE drafted the gem!

  10. Post game whisper from Mac Jones to Jaylen Waddle “We have no receivers here man. I miss ya”

  11. goodellisaclown says:
    September 8, 2021 at 8:08 am
    cylondetector says:
    September 8, 2021 at 6:10 am

    I hope the Patriots have more patience with Mac than the Dolphins are apparently showing Tua!

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    Couldn’t agree more! Mac appears to learn quickly and is accurate with his throws, but he’s still a rookie and he’s going to make some bad plays and have some bad games along the way– it’s just part of the learning process. I remember Bledsoe starting as a rookie and while there were flashes of his capabilities, it wasn’t until year three that he really looked like a franchise QB. Luckily with the Patriots I think the ownership and coaching is stable enough that they can give the kid time to learn from his rookie mistakes.

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    He will look a lot better than Brady looked his first few years. Brady barely had 60% passing and didn’t even do a 2:1 TD/INT ratio until his 2nd season.

    I fully expect 65+% and easily a 2:1 as he starts off.

    The utter joy of knowing BB’s brilliance in grooming these QBs while other teams spend decades trying to find just one.

    lol

  12. I remember Bledsoe starting as a rookie and while there were flashes of his capabilities, it wasn’t until year three that he really looked like a franchise QB.

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    Actually it was year 2 in 1994. Bledsoe started out 3-6 then won 7 straight to win the division. Threw a record 70 pass attempts in OT win vs. Vikings that really put him on the map.

  13. touchback6 says:
    September 8, 2021 at 10:15 am

    Phins drafted the bust and NE drafted the gem!

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    You said the same thing about Jarret Stidham

  14. nelsonm010 says:
    September 8, 2021 at 10:21 am
    Post game whisper from Mac Jones to Jaylen Waddle “We have no receivers here man. I miss ya”

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    Post game whisper from Tua to Mac Jones:

    I wish I had your OL, front 7, GM, Coach, TEs and RBs. It’d make my life a lot easier.

  15. “The utter joy of knowing BB’s brilliance in grooming these QBs while other teams spend decades trying to find just one.”
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    Lots of chicken-counting in these comments. But Mac could work out well. He looks good so far.

    In Buffalo, we had to wait decades. I’ll tell ya – it’s terrible while you’re waiting, but man, do you ever appreciate it when you finally get there.

    If Mac is the heir and NE goes on another run, I’d actually feel a little bad for younger Pats fans. It’s better to pay a few dues than to just have your team win all the time.

  16. It should be Jones versus Cam Newton. Not signing Cam Newton will go down as a disastrous blunder for the Dolphins. Tua will be a Taysom Hill type not a full time starter

  17. I’d be excited if my first NFL game was against the Dolphins too. Bunch of practice squad players on other teams.

  18. Belichick haters are about to go into a full meltdown. Last year which was a throwaway season for Belichick, he managed to win 7 games with a free agent QB that no other team wants even as a backup. This year he is going with a rookie that started only 17 games at Alabama whose program everyone says doesn’t produce NFL QBs and I expect the Patriots to be very competitive.

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