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The Patriots don’t sound too impressed by Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa – Boston Herald


WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Between the lines is where the Patriots and Dolphins will settle their latest division spat Sunday afternoon in Miami.

Until then, between the lines is the only place where the Patriots’ true feelings about Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa can seemingly be found.

For a team that tosses verbal bouquets to opponents like they’re hurting for self-esteem, the Pats have been reticent this week when it comes to Tagovailoa. Every public comment made by a Patriots coach or defender in South Florida has tied the quarterback’s impact or ability to his surroundings.

“Productive player, knows how to use his weapons, receivers, backs,” Bill Belichick began before Wednesday’s practice.

“I don’t really gotta admire his game. I’ve just gotta face him,” Pats pass rusher Matthew Judon said moments later. “He’s an opponent. You’ve got to respect everybody you play. That’s the league we play in. You respect everybody. But I don’t really got praise for him. He’s a good quarterback. He fits their system.”

Now, Tagovailoa is 3-0 versus Belichick, a statistic that captures Miami’s recent success as well as it captures the problem in using a quarterback’s win-loss record to measure performance. Against the Patriots, Tagovailoa’s production has amounted to 456 passing yards (152 per game), two touchdowns, two interceptions and a passer rating of 81.9, his fourth-lowest against any opponent.


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