Tua Tagovailoa

Miami Dolphins
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Miami Dolphins
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Leader of reloaded offense

Tagovailoa is positioned to lead a revamped Dolphins offense in the 2022 season, with Miami most recently having traded for six-time Pro Bowl wideout Tyreek Hill from the Chiefs on Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The Dolphins will surrender a litany of draft capital in exchange for Hill, giving up five picks headlined by a 2022 first-rounder and second-rounder, but the impact of pairing Hill with 2021 rookie standout Jaylen Waddle can't be overstated. Heading into what looks like a make-or-break Year 3 campaign, Tagovailoa will not only have the benefit of an improved receiving corps that also returns Mike Gesicki and DeVante Parker, but he will also no longer be forced to play behind a league-worst O-line, with Miami having added LT Terron Armstead (knee) and LG Connor Williams in free agency. Not only that, but coach Mike McDaniel could have a chance to finally provide Tagovailoa with a rushing game to rely on, given his success in San Francisco and the additions of Chase Edmonds and Raheem Mostert (knee). The flip side, of course, is that if Tagovailoa fails to make a leap forward in spite of all the offensive upgrades, he could quickly face pressure from new backup Teddy Bridgewater (concussion).

Mar 23, 2022 9:49 AM EST

Focus of new offensive scheme

New Dolphins quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator Darrell Bevell said Wednesday "the [offensive] system is going to be built and tailored to [Tagovailoa]," Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Bevell said Miami's scheme will be designed to "bring out all the positives in [Tagovailoa's] game," which reinforces comments from new coach Mike McDaniel about the team's commitment to the third-year quarterback. Tagovailoa's accuracy and ability to make off-schedule plays were praised by Bevell, though he also mentioned a need to clean up certain mechanics. The Dolphins seem likely to prioritize upgrading the O-line this offseason, and McDaniel's new system should also upgrade the running game and take further pressure off the young quarterback. Such developments could set the stage well for Tagovailoa to take a step forward Year 3, in what looks to be a make-or-break season for his prospects as a franchise leader.

Feb 24, 2022 6:48 AM EST

Future in Miami looking murkier

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said Monday, after the firing of coach Brian Flores, that a decision on whether or not to stick with Tagovailoa under center will be up to the next coaching staff, Daniel Oyefusi of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Ross said he "has a lot of confidence" in Tagovailoa, per Andrew Siciliano of NFL Network, but he also noted that it will be up to the next head coach to make a decision about the Dolphins' starting quarterback for 2022. When asked, Ross said he currently has "no plans" to pursue Deshaun Watson this offseason, per Safid Deen of the South Florida Sun Sentinel, but the fact that non-commmital langauge is being used to describe Tagovailoa's job security after a coaching change would seem to speak volumes. Prior to the 2021 in-season trade deadline, Miami reportedly pursued a potential deal involving Watson. Meanwhile, Tagovailoa finished with an uninspiring 17:10 TD:INT ratio and 2,762 passing yards across 14 appearances in his sophomore season, and he only reached the 300-yard mark through the air on one occasion. That said, he did showcase solid chemistry with rookie first-round pick Jaylen Waddle, and battle through both rib injuries and unreliable O-line play.

Jan 10, 2022 7:52 AM EST

Quiet in Sunday's win

Tagovailoa completed 15 of 22 passes for 109 yards and a touchdown and gained 38 rushing yards on five carries in Sunday's 33-24 win over the Patriots.

Analysis: Aside from a seven-yard TD strike to Jaylen Waddle in the first quarter, Tagovailoa didn't contribute much to the Dolphins' victory, instead allowing Duke Johnson and the defense to do most of the heavy lifting. The second-year QB failed to reach 200 passing yards in three of his last four games this season, wrapping up the campaign with a sharp 67.8 percent completion rate but far more pedestrian 17:10 TD:INT and 2,762 passing yards through 14 games, and Tua may not have done enough to dissuade the Dolphins from bringing in competition, or even an outright replacement for him, this offseason.

Jan 9, 2022 10:50 PM EST

Scuffles in Week 17 loss

Tagovailoa completed 18 of 38 passes for 205 yards with no touchdowns and one interception in the Dolphins' 34-3 loss to the Titans on Sunday. He also rushed twice for one yard and committed three fumbles, losing one.

Analysis: Tagovailoa's mess of a final line tells the tale of how forgettable an afternoon it was for both him and the Dolphins offense as a whole. The second-year signal-caller was kept out of sync all afternoon by an aggressive Titans defense that sacked him four times and limited him to 5.4 yards per attempt alongside a 53.1 QB rating. Tagovailoa helped just one pass catcher, Mike Gesicki, get over the 50-yard mark, and he threw an interception for the third straight game as well. The Dolphins are almost assuredly eliminated from postseason contention with the defeat, meaning Tagovailoa is likely to be playing for next season when Miami hosts the Patriots in Week 18.

Jan 2, 2022 3:10 PM EST

Engineers another win

Tagovailoa completed 19 of 26 passes for 198 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Monday night's 20-3 win over the Saints.

Analysis: Tagovailoa again relied heavily on wideout Jaylen Waddle's ability to create separation on underneath routes to move the ball. When he did take a shot downfield in the second half, Tagovailoa was intercepted on an overthrow. In fairness, though, the signal-caller responded with an impressive 40-yard pass to extend his subsequent drive, followed by a long completion to Waddle on a flea flicker the next play. Appropriately, Tagovailoa then capped that series with a one-yard touchdown to Waddle, giving the Dolphins a comfortable lead on the way to their seventh straight win. Although vertically-challenged for the most part in the passing attack, Tagovailoa's efficiency on short passes, particularly to Waddle, has been a successful formula that he'll strive to utilize again in Week 17 versus the Titans.

Dec 27, 2021 8:26 PM EST

Overcomes miscues to top Jets

Tagovailoa completed 16 of 27 passes for 196 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Jets. He added 19 yards on seven rushing attempts.

Analysis: Tagovailoa got off to an awful start while adjusting to the absence of favorite target Jaylen Waddle (illness). He recovered his own fumble on the game's third play but was immediately tackled to create a 3-and-out on Miami's opening drive, then threw an interception on his first pass of the game to lead off the following drive. New York took advantage of Tua's early struggles and raced out to a 10-0 lead, but the Dolphins responded with a pair of Duke Johnson rushing touchdowns and a one-yard Tagovailoa touchdown pass to defensive lineman Christian Wilkins to take a 24-17 lead. Tua then tied it for the Jets with a pick-six but bounced back by throwing the game-winning touchdown to DeVante Parker from 11 yards out with 3:37 remaining. He led the Dolphins to a sixth consecutive win but will need to clean up the errors in order to extend that streak in Week 16 against the Saints.

Dec 19, 2021 2:53 PM EST

Guides Dolphins to victory

Tagovailoa completed 30 of his 41 pass attempts for 244 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in Sunday's 20-9 win over the Giants.

Analysis: Tagovailoa reached 40 pass attempts for the third time this season and for the first time since Week 7. He put up a disappointing yardage total by averaging only 6.0 yards per attempt despite being accurate with his passes. That was product of largely working in short areas of the field, as he had only one completion of more than 20 yards. However, Tagovailoa salvaged his performance with two a pair of touchdowns, one from five yards away and the other from two. Tagovailoa has proven to have a safe floor of production in recent weeks, though he has topped 300 passing yards only once on the campaign.

Dec 5, 2021 5:29 PM EST

Another efficient performance

Tagovailoa completed 27 of 31 passes for 230 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions in the Dolphins' 33-10 win over the Panthers on Sunday. He also netted no gain on four rushes and committed two fumbles, losing one.

Analysis: The occasionally poor ball security was a blemish, but otherwise, it was hard to find fault with Tagovailoa's performance in a surprisingly comfortable win for the Dolphins. The second-year signal-caller kept up his hot hand from Week 11, when he'd completed a sensational 81.8 percent of his passes against the Jets. Tagovailoa was even sharper versus Carolina, connecting on a season-high 87.1 percent of his throws while notching completions to eight different pass catchers. Miami is now on a four-game winning streak and is setting itself up to potentially enter the outer edges of the playoff picture with another couple of victories, making it imperative Tagovailoa keeps up his strong play in a Week 13 home matchup versus the Giants.

Nov 28, 2021 1:16 PM EST

Accurate in Week 11 win

Tagovailoa completed 27 of 33 passes for 273 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Sunday's 24-17 win over the Jets. He added six rushing yards on three attempts.

Analysis: Tagovailoa completed all six of his passes on the opening possession, which was eventually capped by a one-yard Jaylen Waddle rushing touchdown on a wildcat play. The next drive didn't go nearly as well, though, as Tua was intercepted and the Jets scored on their ensuing drive to tie it up. Neither team mustered any more points in the first half, but Tagovailoa broke the tie on Miami's first drive after halftime by finding Mack Hollins behind the Jets secondary for a 65-yard touchdown. He later capitalized on a generous roughing the passer penalty, which helped keep alive a fourth-quarter drive that Tua eventually capped with a five-yard touchdown to Myles Gaskin to give Miami the lead for good. Injuries have made it difficult for Tagovailoa to get into a rhythm this season, but he'll look to build on this encouraging performance in Week 12 against a tough Panthers defense.

Nov 21, 2021 2:31 PM EST

Cleared for Week 11 start

Tagovailoa (finger) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Jets and has been cleared to start the contest, Daniel Oyefusi of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Tagovailoa will reclaim starting duties from Jacoby Brissett for the first time since Week 8, though the Dolphins felt comfortable enough with the second-year signal-caller's health to use him in relief of Brissett in last week's upset win over the Ravens. Not only did Tagovailoa perform well off the bench in that contest, but he also closed the current week with a pair of full practices to assuage any lingering concern about his ability to play through a fractured middle finger on his throwing hand. According to Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN.com, head coach Brian Flores confirmed Friday that Tagovailoa has looked good in practice this week despite "pushing through" some lingering discomfort in the finger, suggesting the 23-year-old won't be subject to any limitations against New York.

Nov 19, 2021 12:14 PM EST

Full participant in walk-through

Tagovailoa (left finger) was listed as a full participant in Thursday's walk-through, Daniel Oyefusi of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Barring any setbacks, Tagovailoa remains on track to start Sunday's game against the Jets, though Friday's final injury report of the week will cement whether or not the QB heads into the weekend carrying a Week 11 injury designation.

Nov 18, 2021 1:01 PM EST

Practicing with starters

Tagovailoa (finger) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Coach Brian Flores said Monday that he expected Tagovailoa to return to the starting lineup Sunday against the Jets, following an effective appearance off the bench in last Thursday's 22-10 win over Baltimore. The Dolphins do want to see how Tagovailoa looks in practice before they commit, as his finger apparently is still more of a concern than Jacoby Brissett's recent knee injury (Brissett was a full participant Wednesday). Tagovailoa is scheduled to take most of the first-team reps in practice this week, after Brissett did so last week, Daniel Oyefusi of the Miami Herald reports.

Nov 17, 2021 1:28 PM EST

Set for Week 11 start

Coach Brian Flores said Monday that he expect Tagovailoa (finger) to start Sunday's game against the Jets, Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Tagovailoa replaced Jacoby Brissett midway through Thursday's game against the Ravens and led the Dolphins to a win, though he only completed eight of 13 pass attempts for 158 yards without a touchdown or interception in the process. Though Flores mentioned that Tagovailoa injured his finger further Week 10 and played through discomfort, it looks like Miami is confident enough in the 2020 first-rounder's health that there aren't questions about his availability going forward. It's possible that Will Fuller (finger) could retake the field in time to face the Jets, though DeVante Parker (shoulder) isn't yet eligible to return from IR.

Nov 15, 2021 10:06 AM EST

Week 11 starter TBD

Coach Brian Flores reiterated Friday that Tagovailoa is viewed as the Dolphins' top QB, but declined to confirm the 2020 first-rounder as the team's Week 11 starter versus the Jets, citing the finger injury Tagovailoa is still dealing with, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Jacoby Brissett drew the start at QB in Thursday's 22-10 win over the Raven because Flores believed that Tagovailoa's fractured middle finger (on his throwing hand) was affecting some of his throws. However, when Brissett left the game in the third quarter with a knee injury, Tagovailoa was called upon and finished out the contest, even though Brissett was subsequently cleared to return. While Tagovailoa performed admirably in relief, Flores relayed that the signal-caller fought through some discomfort Thursday and banged up his finger in the process. With that in mind, it seems likely that Tagovailoa is on track to be somewhat limited once Miami resumes practice in advance of the team's Nov. 21 matchup against the Jets. Meanwhile, Flores noted that although Brissett's knee appears okay, he will be evaluated further in the coming days.

Nov 12, 2021 10:26 AM EST

Impressive in emergency duty

Tagovailoa (finger) entered Thursday night's 22-10 win over the Ravens for Jacoby Brissett (knee) with 11:46 remaining in the third quarter and completed eight of 13 passes for 158 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. He also netted zero yards and a touchdown on three rushes and committed a fumble that was recovered by the Dolphins.

Analysis: Tagovailoa slotted in as Brissett's emergency backup for the second straight game, and this time, he was called into duty for almost an entire half. The second-year signal-caller turned in an admirable effort in the victory and led scoring marches of 53 and 75 yards, the latter which he closed out with a one-yard touchdown run after the Ravens had closed to within five points. The fact Tagovailoa threw the ball well despite the fracture on the middle finger of his throwing hand is certainly encouraging, and David Furones of the Sun Sentinel reports that head coach Brian Flores stated the 2020 first-round pick was "close" and "a lot better than last week" in terms of potentially drawing the start Thursday. However, Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN.com reports that Tagovailoa said after the game he did bang up the finger during the contest and was grateful for the 10 days of healing time before Miami's Week 11 road divisional clash with the Jets.

Nov 11, 2021 9:27 PM EST

Won't start Thursday night

Tagovailoa, who is dealing with a fracture in the middle finger of his left hand, is slated to back up Jacoby Brissett in Thursday night's game against the Ravens, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: With Tagovailoa not quite ready to reclaim Miami's starting QB role as he continues to recover from his finger injury, Brissett will make his second consecutive start. Tagovailoa will now look to bounce back in time to get the nod when the Dolphins take on the Jets on Nov. 21.

Nov 11, 2021 3:33 PM EST

Likely game-day decision

Tagovailoa (finger) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against Baltimore, Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Beasley suggests the Dolphins will make a game-day decision on their starting QB again, after tabbing Jacoby Brissett as the starter and Tagovailoa as the backup in the hours before Sunday's 17-9 win over the Texans. Coach Brian Flores said Tagovailoa wouldn't have been healthy enough to start if the Dolphins had to play their Week 10 contest against the Ravens on Tuesday, but the team is holding out hope that its young QB might be ready a couple days later for Thursday Night Football.

Nov 10, 2021 1:33 PM EST

Listed as limited on report

The Dolphins listed Tagovailoa (finger) as a limited participant on Tuesday's estimated practice report, Daniel Oyefusi of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Miami listed Tagovailoa as a limited participant in each of their three practices last week due to a fractured left middle finger and a rib issue before he was ultimately active for Sunday's win over the Texans, but only available as an emergency backup. A similar fate could await Tagovailoa in Week 10, as the Dolphins face a quick turnaround with a Thursday night matchup against Baltimore. The Dolphins' decision to list Tagovailoa as limited on both of its first two practice reports of the week -- albeit with only one injury attached to his name -- doesn't seem to imply that the second-year signal-caller has made much meaningful progress in his recovery. For what it's worth, head coach Brian Flores told Oyefusi that Tagovailoa resumed throwing Monday and looked good, but the 23-year-old remains day-to-day. Flores added that if the Dolphins were playing Tuesday, Jacoby Brissett would be making his second straight start, according to Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN.com.

Nov 9, 2021 1:39 PM EST

Will back up if he can't start

Tagovailoa (finger) will serve as the emergency backup quarterback Thursday against the Ravens if he's unable to start the game, Cameron Wolfe of NFL Networkreports.

Analysis: Similar to last week, Tagovailoa would be the emergency option against the Ravens if he doesn't make enough progress in the next couple of days to give it a go. Jacoby Brissett filled in serviceable in a spot start last week against Houston and would be in line to face Baltimore if Tagovailoa isn't cleared.

Nov 9, 2021 10:13 AM EST

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