Tua Tagovailoa’s rookie season in Miami was alright, however it may’ve been higher. Dolphins basic supervisor Chris Grier stated final week that Tagovailoa could be the group’s beginning quarterback in 2021, however some gamers aren’t too assured in his resolution.
Talking anonymously with Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, three Dolphins gamers stated they did not see sufficient out of Tagovailoa in 2020 to trust in him because the group’s starter transferring ahead.
“They stated they had been unimpressed by Tagovailoa throughout coaching camp to the purpose they thought he would not be able to play in 2020,” Salguero wrote. “They stated they had been ‘caught completely off guard,’ as one put it, when Tagovailoa was named the starter the seventh recreation of the season.”
“And one other stated that earlier than the season finale when gamers had been knowledgeable by Flores that Ryan Fitzpatrick wouldn’t be obtainable in opposition to the Buffalo Payments, he was upset as a result of he believes Fitzpatrick was higher than Tagovailoa. …”
Tagovailoa confirmed flashes of greatness throughout his rookie marketing campaign, however was benched for Fitzpatrick in two of his 9 begins. The 22-year-old went 6-3, finishing 64.1% of his passes for 1,814 yards and 11 touchdowns in opposition to 5 interceptions. He additionally ran for 109 yards and three scores.
If the Dolphins had gained their ultimate recreation of the season in opposition to the Buffalo Payments, they might’ve made the playoffs for the primary time since 2016. Tagovailoa tossed only one landing in opposition to three interceptions in a 56-26 loss to the Payments, making gamers query the Alabama product’s capabilities.
With the Dolphins committing to Tagovailoa, they’re going to go up on the chance to pick a top-notch quarterback with the third-overall choose within the 2021 NFL Draft. Ohio State’s Justin Fields or BYU’s Zach Wilson will doubtless be obtainable when Miami is on the clock, however they have to really feel Tagovailoa has extra promise than both of these quarterbacks.
After all, there’s all the time the likelihood the group makes a commerce for disgruntled Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson. In keeping with ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Watson would think about a commerce to the Dolphins. In any deal, Tagovailoa could be despatched the opposite manner.