Former Alabama QB Mac Jones puts huge emphasis on nutrition and wellness

Despite making a Pro Bowl appearance as a rookie, Mac Jones will be in the race for Most Improved Player this season.

After a rookie campaign that concluded with a Pro Bowl appearance, [autotag]Mac Jones[/autotag] is ready to make a monumental jump in year two. The former Crimson Tide signal caller really put an emphasis on nutrition and wellness this off-season with wide receiver Kendrick Bourne saying, “He’s in the best shape of his life.”

Jones came into the NFL a little plump, as almost everyone has seen the viral photo of him smoking the cigar after beating Tennessee.

However, Jones has spent loads of time this off-season with New England Patriots strength and conditioning coach Moses Cabrera and with the team nutritionist Ted Harper.

“For me, cleaning up my diet — I’ve probably learned more this offseason than I ever have about my diet, sleep, nutrition, wellness, all that stuff. I’ve taken what I’ve learned that I feel will help me and applied it. Obviously, listening to Ted and everybody, following their plan, eating healthy, taking out a lot of the things that are bad for my diet,” Jones said.

While it has been important to cut off a lot of that body fat, Jones adds that it is also important to maintain a certain level of weight to absorb the blows he will take throughout the course of an NFL season.

On top of all of this, he has spent a lot of time with throwing coach Tom House, who spent a lot of time working with Tom Brady over the duration of his career. Jones is poised to have a massive breakout season in year two.

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Tua Tagovailoa named as ‘dark horse candidate’ to win NFL MVP

Maybe all the hate would be silenced if his name is mentioned in the same breath as “NFL MVP”. Do you buy it?

[autotag]Tua Tagovailoa[/autotag] is about to enter his third season as an NFL quarterback after being drafted No. 5 overall by the Miami Dolphins in the 2020 draft. The two seasons he has spent in the league have been anything but preferable for the former Alabama star.

Despite his stats appearing to be average, Tagovailoa has been on the receiving end of nation-wide criticism from fans and members of the media.

In year No. 3, things are expected to change. The Dolphins brought in an offensive-minded head coach in Mike McDaniel and managed to acquire some major star power on the offensive side of the ball with players like wide receiver Tyreek Hill and offensive tackle Terron Armstead.

Adam Schein of NFL.com states that Tagovailoa is the fourth-best dark horse candidate to win NFL MVP.

“My guy Tua is primed for a breakout Year 3. Tyreek Hill is the most explosive wide receiver in the game; putting him in the same receiving corps as Jaylen Waddle is borderline illegal. And I loved the other moves Miami made to prop up the young QB, adding LT Terron Armstead, WR Cedrick Wilson and RBs Chase Edmonds, Raheem Mostert and Sony Michel. With run-game wizard Mike McDaniel calling plays as the Dolphins’ new head coach? Perfection.

“Also, I really like Tua as a player. I’m on board. He was great in college, and he’s been better than most people will lead you to believe in the NFL, as evidenced by his 13-8 record as a starter. It’s about availability, not ability. If Tua stays healthy, I could see him leading the Dolphins to an 11-6 playoff season. And here’s the key: I don’t think he will be a hood ornament on the ride to the postseason. Tua is going to be the engine for Miami’s success.”

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3 former Alabama players listed in the top-25 under 25 in the NFL

These young former Alabama players are some of the top-performers in the entire league!

Former Alabama players are all over the NFL. Some teams have multiple, others have just a lone former member fo the Crimson Tide and few have none.

These players that came through Tuscaloosa range from incoming rookies to seasoned NFL veterans with over a decade of professional experience under their belt.

Pro Football Focus’ Trevor Sikkema listed the top-25 players in the NFL under the age of 25 and three of those players were once Alabama stars.

20. Patrick Surtain II, Denver Broncos (CB)

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“Surtain stepped into the NFL game and looked like a veteran, which is insanely difficult to do at any position, let alone cornerback,” writes Sikkema. “While most young starters are trying to figure out the speed of the game in their first year or two, Surtain acted like he’d been playing at that level for years coming from Alabama. He allowed just a 56% completion percentage into his coverage on 530 pass snaps.”

Next … two very different defensive sparks

PHOTOS: First-look at Alabama’s 2022 NFL draft class on the field with their new teams

Wow! These former Crimson Tide stars are already sporting their new teams colors and taking the practice field with they NFL teammates!

In the recent 2022 NFL draft, Alabama had seven total players drafted over the seven-round, three-day event and five players who went undrafted that signed with several teams.

The upcoming NFL regular season is rapidly approaching and teams are beginning to host workouts, which allows for the young players to become acclimated to the realm of professional football.

Whether it be the seventh overall pick in offensive tackle [autotag]Evan Neal[/autotag] to the New York Giants, or undrafted wide receiver [autotag]Slade Bolden[/autotag] signing with the Baltimore Ravens, players are taking to the field, sporting their new teams’ uniforms.

Here is a first-look at many of the former Crimson Tide stars who are looking to enter into their rookie seasons with their respective NFL teams.

Josh Jacobs, Levi Wallace included as most underrated players in the NFL

Despite their stellar production on the field, these two former Alabama stars are considered some of the most underrated players in the entire NFL.

Pro Football Focus (PFF) is a player evaluation system that grades every single player in the NFL. They do this by compiling statistics and all sorts of different data. This week, PFF used all of their data to determine the most underrated player on each NFL team. Former Alabama running back [autotag]Josh Jacobs[/autotag] and cornerback [autotag]Levi Wallace[/autotag] made the list.

Jacobs was a first-round selection to the Oakland now Las Vegas Raiders in 2019, and was a 2020 pro-bowler. Through three seasons, Jacobs has appeared in 43 games, starting all but one. In these 43 games he has carried the ball 732 times for 3,087 yards, and 28 scores while only fumbling the ball away five times behind a less than average offensive line. Despite outstanding production through his first three years, the Raiders declines his fifth-year option which certainly turned some heads.

Wallace on the other hand, has not had a similar trajectory. He walked on at Alabama before eventually earning a scholarship. Wallace then went undrafted in the 2018 NFL draft and signed a three-year deal worth $1.71 million with the Buffalo Bills. After spending four years with Buffalo, he signed with Pittsburgh on March 17th, 2022 on a two year deal worth $8 million. Wallace has shown he cam be a consistent starter in the league and will likely be the Steelers top corner this season.

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Phidarian Mathis didn’t expect to be a second round pick in the 2022 NFL draft

Former Alabama DL Phidarian Mathis went a little higher than he expected in the 2022 NFL draft.

One of the more surprising selections in the 2022 NFL draft was former Alabama star defensive lineman [autotag]Phidarian Mathis[/autotag] being selected in the second round by the Washington Commanders.

Fans were not the only ones surprised on draft night, Mathis himself did not expect to be selected that early in the draft. In fact, Mathis did not expect to be selected until the third or fourth round.

Mathis’ agent, Nicole Lynn would tweet out that managing expectations are part of her job as an agent. Lynn also mentioned that Mathis would have been selected by someone else within the next 10 picks had Washington not taken the talented defensive lineman.

Mathis finished his senior season in Tuscaloosa with nine sacks but is best known for his run-stuffing ability from his interior defensive line position.

Mathis will provide quality depth to the Washington defensive line that already features a pair of former Crimson Tide stars in [autotag]Jonathan Allen[/autotag] and [autotag]Daron Payne[/autotag].

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WATCH: Former Alabama WR John Metchie is working his way back on the field

It’s nice to see the former Alabama star back on the field.

Back in early December, the Alabama Crimson Tide defeated the Georiga Bulldogs for the 2021 SEC Championship. The excitement level from the victory was slightly brought down when star wide receiver [autotag]John Metchie[/autotag] went down with a non-contact knee injury.

Metchie’s absence would be felt throughout the remainder of the season but was especially noticeable in the rematch with the Bulldogs in January for the national championship.

Metchie’s injury likely cost him an opportunity to become a first-round selection in the 2022 NFL draft but the talented wideout was eventually selected in the second round by the Houston Texans with the No. 44 overall selection.

It appears that Metchie is slowly but surely working his way back into game shape. In a Twitter video courtesy of Coty M. Davis who covers the Texans for SI, you can see Metchie taking the practice field during Houston’s 2022 rookie minicamp.

Currently, there is no timetable for Metchie’s return but the expectations are that he will play during the 2022 NFL season.

Roll Tide Wire will continue to monitor Metchie’s career with the Texans and beyond.

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Evan Neal officially inks four-year deal with New York Giants

Evan Neal puts pen to paper and is now officially a New York Giant!

Former Alabama offensive tackle [autotag]Evan Neal[/autotag] is loving every second of his NFL journey thus far. Today, Neal officially became a member of the New York Giants after inking a four year deal worth $24.6. million which included a $15 million signing bonus.

Neal was the Giants second selection at No. 7 overall. The Giants used their first pick on former Oregon defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux at the No. 5 slot. For reference, Thibodeaux’s deal was four years at $31.3 million and $20 million as a signing bonus.

The Giants have team fifth-year options for both players. Neal and Thibodeaux look to rebuild a struggling franchise as key pieces for the next decade or so.

Neal joins former Tide players Xavier McKinney and Robert Foster in New York.

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Updates on former Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy’s arrest

The latest updates regarding former Alabama star WR Jerry Jeudy’s Thursday arrest.

Former Alabama wide receiver [autotag]Jerry Jeudy[/autotag] is about to enter his third season in the NFL with the Denver Broncos after being drafted by the franchise at No. 15 overall in the 2020 NFL draft. On Thursday, news broke that he was arrested in Arapahoe County, Colorado.

Jeudy was arrested around noon on May 13 just outside of Denver and charges were not yet known to the public, as he had yet to be booked.

USA TODAY Sports Denver Broncos beat writer Parker Gabriel reported on the arrest, but the Arapahoe County Sheriffs’ Office later shared the charges.

The sheriff’s office tweeted out the charges, which include “[second] degree criminal tampering with a domestic violence enhancer.” The charge is a misdemeanor. Because of the “no bond hold,” Jeudy will be detained until he can see a judge.

Gabriel reports,

“According to a police report submitted to the Arapahoe County court, Jeudy’s girlfriend, Antoinette Tharp, told a deputy that ‘things got crazy’ with Jeudy on Wednesday night and he put her wallet and medical paperwork for their infant child in his car at their home so she could not get them.”

Law enforcement stated that Jeudy cooperated at all times and the incident at no point had physical violence taken place.

Broncos General Manager Nathaniel Hackett briefly spoke on Jeudy’s arrest after it was made public.

“Right now, it’s an unfortunate incident. We’re trying to gather as much information as we possibly can,” Hackett said. “We take these situations very seriously. We want to be sure we get all the information, we want to talk with Jerry, we want to be there for him and make sure we do all the right things.”

Jeudy is scheduled to see a judge early Friday morning.

Roll Tide Wire will continue to follow along and share updates as they become available.

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‘The Underthrow’: Twitter sounds off on video of Tua Tagovailoa shared by Miami Dolphins

Is this really worth all the conversation? See what Twitter had to say.

Former Alabama star quarterback [autotag]Tua Tagovailoa[/autotag] is heading into season No. 3 in the NFL after being drafted fifth overall in the 2020 NFL draft by the Miami Dolphins. Two full seasons have come and gone, but the narrative around Tagovailoa gets sour as the days pass.

There are still months that sit between today and the start of the 2022 NFL regular season, but people can’t help themselves but talk about the lefty quarterback.

In a video posted to the Miami Dolphins official social media accounts, Tagovailoa launched a pass to the Dolphins’ new speedy receiver Tyreek Hill. In the video, it looks as if Hill had to turn around to catch the pass. Of course, everyone loves jumping to conclusions, and people are using this as ammunition stating that Tagovailoa has a weak arm.

It doesn’t stop at the weak arm jokes, Twitter unloaded on the former Heisman-finalist, national championship-winning quarterback.