When quarterback Tua Tagovailoa leads the Miami Dolphins offense towards the New York Jets protection throughout the NFL’s first Black Friday recreation, he’ll face two of Alabama’s finest professional alumni in linebacker C.J. Mosley and defensive sort out Quinnen Williams.
Mosley has earned Professional Bowl choice 5 occasions, and Williams was a first-team All-Professional choice final season.
Tagovailoa is one other of the 69 former Alabama gamers who’ve appeared within the 2023 NFL season, and he doesn’t suppose he will get an alumni-club break when he faces defensive gamers from the Crimson Tide.
“I don’t suppose they take it straightforward,” Tagovailoa stated. “That’s not the way in which we grew up practising with one another once we have been all in school throughout the identical time, and I don’t count on that as we play one another as a result of I’m not giving that to them.”
Mosley preceded Tagovailoa and Williams at Alabama, leaving as a two-time consensus All-American after receiving the SEC Defensive Participant of the 12 months Award and the Dick Butkus Award because the nation’s finest linebacker for the 2013 season.
Tagovailoa and Williams have been Alabama teammates within the 2017 and 2018 seasons. In 2018, Tagovailoa was a consensus All-American and the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy and Williams was a unanimous All-American and the winner of the Outland Trophy because the nation’s finest inside lineman.
“I’ve performed towards Quinnen,” Tagovailoa stated. “I performed towards him, and I performed with him. Very sturdy. It’s powerful. The factor that he likes to do is he likes to get one-on-one matchups. That’s actually his recreation.
“It’s not simply him. It’s their guys exterior as nicely that make that protection go. All these guys, they’ll must be accounted for.”
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On Sunday, Miami defeated the Las Vegas Raiders 20-13 and New York misplaced to the Buffalo Payments 32-6. To arrange for the primary of their two conferences this season, the Dolphins and Jets had a brief week that included a vacation.
“It is tougher,” Tagovailoa stated on Tuesday. “… There’s the science behind the 48-hour time window of practising or not practising, so it’s a number of psychological reps for all of us. I believe we’ll in all probability have at some point of discipline observe to only run round and ensure the whole lot is on level and on time. However exterior of that, what makes these brief weeks powerful is a number of this stuff are psychological — extra psychological than bodily.”
As AFC East rivals, although, the Dolphins and Jets should be intimately conversant in one another. However Tagovailoa hasn’t performed New York in nearly two years. Tagovailoa sustained two concussions final season, and after every, he missed a Miami recreation towards the Jets.
“Yeah, it does,” Tagovailoa stated about familiarity with a division opponent serving to short-week preparation. “However for myself, it additionally doesn’t as a result of I wasn’t capable of play towards this staff final yr for the 2 occasions that our staff performed them.
“Will they play us the way in which they did final yr? I’m not too positive. As we’ve watched the movie, we will solely assume what they’re going to be working. But when they arrive out with one thing completely different and wish to put an umbrella over these two guys with Jaylen (Waddle) and Tyreek (Hill), so be it. We should alter. And if not, then we’ll play the sport the way in which we see it.”
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The Dolphins and Jets kick off at 2 p.m. CST Friday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Prime Video will televise the sport.
Miami leads the AFC East at 7-3. However the Dolphins have misplaced their previous three street video games.
New York has misplaced three in a row to fall to 4-6. The Jets plan to have their third beginning quarterback of the season by giving Tim Boyle an opportunity on Friday.
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Mark Inabinett is a sports activities reporter for Alabama Media Group. Comply with him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.
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