Tua Tagovailoa set foot on a soccer field with the intention of throwing a pass in a live game for the first time in nearly a year on Sunday The Miami Dolphins, in full New York Jets running out of steam, knocked out starter Ryan Fitzpatrick to let their first overall pick take a few shots Tagovailoa made two assists in two attempts before the game was over
This was just a quick glimpse of the Alabama product, but runners-up and fans alike will get a lot more this season ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports Miami has named Tagovailoa their starting quarterback
At first glance, this comes as a surprise The Dolphins have insisted since the April draft that they will take things slowly and steadily with Tagovailoa, who was selected fifth overall despite legitimate concerns about the serious hip injury that ended his last college season Deciding to name him starting six games in the season isn’t exactly slow. Not only that, but the man he replaces, affectionately known as Fitzmagic, has actually played quite well in the last two games; Miami went 2-0 and won by a combined 50 points over the Niners and Jets, taking their record to 3-3 for the year
But, if we could guess Miami’s big picture heading into the season, the timing makes sense The Dolphins have a goodbye this week They’ve probably decided to give Fitzpatrick six weeks of starting time and (most importantly) six weeks of practice for Tagovailoa, then evaluate everything That lines up, especially considering Tagovailoa hasn’t received the precious training camp and pre-season snaps that rookie QBs of the past have enjoyed.
It’s a tough hand to give Fitzpatrick, but it’s not a confusing decision He’s definitely been playing well recently, but torching a San Francisco defense without his best pass carrier and cornerback n ‘ isn’t quite the success it’s supposed to be, and the Jets are football’s worst team More than that, Fitzpatrick is a known amount He’ll play well for a few weeks, play badly for a few weeks, and with the right breaks in the crucial moments, take your team to a 7-9 record Tagovailoa could be worse than that as a than rookie, but he could also be much, much better The Dolphins will be better able to know that than they would comfortably seated as Fitzmagic leads them to a mediocre AFC East record
The dolphins have a bye and then play the rams, which isn’t ideal I don’t think anyone in the organization is eagerly waiting for the team’s prized prospect to receive their « welcome to the NFL » moment. In the hands of Aaron Donald But now is the best time ever He’ll have two weeks of first-team snapshots and plenty of time to prepare for his first professional start The team believes him to be the future of the franchise That’s why he’s been taken so high despite his injury history.They need to know if they’re right at some point, and in the NFL, there’s no time like the present
It’s Tua Time The dolphins will be really fun to watch It’s the right decision and one we will all love to watch unfold
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