July 17, 2024

Patriots

Jones, who backed up Hurts in school, will go head-to-head along with his former teammate on Sunday.

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It’s not usually that an NFL quarterback says that they’re “happy with” a counterpart on an opposing group.

However, Mac Jones’s relationship with Jalen Hurts isn’t typical. Jones backed up Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa in school at Alabama.

The Patriots quarterback says he discovered fairly a bit from the Eagles quarterback throughout their time collectively.

“He’s clearly a fantastic participant,” Jones mentioned. “I’ve been lucky to play with him and be taught quite a bit from him. He’s undoubtedly a fantastic quarterback. I simply suppose again to the instances we had, and I’m simply actually happy with him and every part he’s finished within the NFL.”

Hurts loved a breakout season final 12 months, incomes his first Professional Bowl choice and main the Eagles to an look within the Tremendous Bowl. Hurts signed a 5-year, $255 million contract with Philadelphia through the offseason.

One of many issues that units Hurts aside on the quarterback place is his operating skill. Jones mentioned the primary factor he discovered from working with Hurts was conditioning.

“I assume conditioning is the very first thing,” Jones mentioned. “Me and him have been at all times operating in opposition to one another. He’s undoubtedly sooner than me, however I really feel like I gave him a superb run for his cash.”

“However, I’ve discovered quite a bit from him simply main off the sector and within the 4th quarter (offseason conditioning) program we had,” Jones continued. “He simply did such a superb job operating, main, by no means exhibiting any feelings. He simply did his factor. I discovered quite a bit from him there, after which on the sector there’s quite a bit too, so I actually recognize him.”

Hurts finally transferred from Alabama and completed his school profession at Oklahoma. Jones mentioned he discovered from the way in which Hurts dealt with the scenario.

“I feel there’s quite a lot of studying classes and, undoubtedly took quite a lot of that. Like to see him bounce again and do a fantastic job,” Jones mentioned. “In school, he went via quite a bit, he transferred, performed effectively all over the place he’s been. It’s simply who he’s. It’s Jalen Hurts. He’s only a nice participant, a fantastic individual and a superb pal.”