FOXBOROUGH -- When defensive back Shaun Wade was traded to the Patriots in late August, he already had a connection with one member of the team -- Mac Jones.
Jones and Wade grew up in the Jacksonville area together and played on the same 7-on-7 team at one time.
Speaking Thursday, Wade recalled a time when their team played Cam Newton's 7v7 team.
“I remember Mac talking junk. I think he threw a winning touchdown that game," he said.
Wade added: “A lot of people doubted [Jones] when he was younger, saying do not go to Bama. But, you’ve seen what he did. One of the best I feel like to come out of Bama — in my opinion. I’ve always believed in him.”
Wade said he reminded Newton of the game when he joined the team.
The Ohio State product was a fifth-round pick by Baltimore this past May, but was traded since the Ravens' secondary was so deep (at the time) and there likely wouldn't have been a spot for him. Wade said he was on the practice field when John Harbaugh came up to him and told him he was traded.
"That adjustment, I am not going to lie, it's been very, very hard," Wade said. "Just going to Baltimore and learning their defense and how they play, how they practice, and coming here it's a totally different atmosphere. They practice different here. The coaches are different here. The system is different here. It's just something I have to adjust to."
Wade said he's continuing to learn the defense and will be ready whenever his number is called.
"So right now, it's just learning the defense, grasping it," he said. "Just keep on getting better every day. You never know, anything can happen with any of our DBs. So, just grasping it and learning. Learning from the guys and then when my number is called I have to make my plays."