Tua Tagovailoa

Miami Dolphins
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Miami Dolphins
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Tua Tagovailoa News

Reunites with Alabama speedster

Tagovailoa boast immediate chemistry with former Alabama teammate Jaylen Waddle, whom the Dolphins selected sixth overall in the 2021 NFL Draft, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN reports.

Analysis: As a rookie, Tagovailoa struggled to make the most of a receiving corps compromised of contested catch specialists who don't provide much separation, and it's clear that Miami's priority this offseason has been to surround him with more explosive playmakers. By making Waddle the second wideout selected in April's draft, the Dolphins are allowing Tagovailoa the benefit of linking up with a playmaker whose skillset he's already familiar with, and who should be able to start out of the slot immediately. It's worth noting that Miami also had the option of reuniting the young quarterback with DeVonta Smith, the 2020 Heisman Trophy winner and a potentially more complete receiver at the NFL level. The decision to grab Waddle instead clearly points to a bet on Tagovailoa's ability to maximize the potential of an explosive playmaker capable of bringing separation to the short and intermediate game. Even if Waddle doesn't play outside right off the bat, he should provide Tagovailoa with a perfect complement to new deep threat Will Fuller (suspension).

Apr 30, 2021 12:34 PM EST

Ready for Year 2 leap?

Coach Brian Flores expects Tagovailoa to make a big jump in his second NFL season, Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Flores was arguably side-stepping a question about Tagovailoa's status as the starting quarterback for 2021. It would be unusual to move on from a No. 5 overall pick after nine NFL starts, but that hasn't slowed down trade rumors involving Tagovailoa and Texans QB Deshaun Watson. Even if nothing materializes on that front, Miami might consider a QB with the No. 3 overall pick. Flores also mentioned that he'd like to retain Ryan Fitzpatrick, though the 38-year-old seemingly intends to sign elsewhere once he becomes a free agent March 17.

Mar 11, 2021 9:32 AM EST

Confirmed as 2021 starter

The Dolphins remain committed to Tagovailoa as the team's starting QB for the 2021 season, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Of course, that's hardly surprising given that the team selected Tagovailoa with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Per Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com, the team has yet to determine whether veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick might be back with the team next year, but in any case, the franchise -- which holds the No. 3 and No. 18 overall picks in the first round 2021 draft -- will continue build around Tagovailoa in advance of next season. As a rookie, the Alabama product completed 186 of his 290 pass attempts for 1,814 yards to go along with a 11:5 TD:INT ratio in 10 games. Additionally, Tagovailoa ran 36 times for 109 yards and three TDs via the ground game. One thing that will be working in Tagovailoa's favor as he approaches his second campaign as a pro is that is that he'll be even further removed from the dislocated and fractured hip he suffered in November of 2019.

Jan 5, 2021 12:32 PM EST

Piles up yardage in blowout loss

Tagovailoa completed 35 of 58 passes for 361 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions in Sunday's 56-26 loss to the Bills. He also rushed six times for 28 yards in the season finale.

Analysis: Tagovailoa was benched for Ryan Fitzpatrick last week but got the call under center with a postseason berth on the line after Fitzpatrick tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday. While his final stat line looks respectable, much of Tua's yardage, as well as his 25-yard touchdown pass to Malcolm Perry, came after the game was well out of hand due to a combination of effective Buffalo offense and mistakes from Tagovailoa. Fitzpatrick's status for the opening round of the postseason is in doubt, but Miami's hopes of even getting that far now hinge on a Colts loss to the Jaguars in the late window, so it appears the Dolphins will come up just short of a postseason berth. The fifth overall pick out of Alabama finishes his rookie season with 1,814 yards and an 11:5 TD:INT in 10 games (nine starts), and Tagovailoa will likely open his second season as the Dolphins' starter under center.

Jan 3, 2021 1:50 PM EST

Loses top backup

Tagovailoa will be backed up by Jake Rudock against Buffalo on Sunday, with Ryan Fitzpatrick having tested positive for COVID-19, Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post reports.

Analysis: Tagovailoa has been replaced by Fitzpatrick with the Dolphins trailing twice this season, most recently during last weekend's narrow loss to the Raiders. With Fitzpatrick now destined for the reserve/COVID-19 list, though, the rookie signal-caller won't get the benefit of a relief option should he struggle against Buffalo. The Dolphins would guarantee a playoff berth with a win over the Bills, so pressure may be mounting for Tagovailoa to take convincing command of the offense.

Dec 31, 2020 11:01 AM EST

Named Week 17 starter

Coach Brian Flores said after Saturday's win over the Raiders that Tagovailoa will start the Week 17 game against the Bills, Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: The rookie completed 17 of 22 pass attempts for 94 yards before being benched in the fourth quarter Saturday, but he'll remain the starter for the final game of the regular season despite Ryan Fitzpatrick delivering an incredible victory for the Dolphins. Flores didn't hesitate in naming Tagovailoa the starter for Week 17, but he could have a shorter leash for his young quarterback with Miami attempting to secure its place in the playoffs.

Dec 26, 2020 9:04 PM EST

Benched in fourth quarter

Tagovailoa was benched for Ryan Fitzpatrick in the fourth quarter of Saturday night's 26-25 win over the Raiders.

Analysis: Accuracy wasn't Tagovailoa's problem during Saturday's narrow win, as he completed 17 of 22 pass attempts, but his shallow depth of target led to inefficient completions. Tagovailoa had just 94 passing yards and a score when Fitzpatrick relived him midway through the fourth quarter, leaving him with a miserable 4.3 yards per attempt. The Dolphins previously pulled Tagovailoa for Fitzpatrick against the Broncos back in Week 11, but considering that the rookie had averaged 306 passing yards in his two appearances since that time, it's discouraging to see him apparently regress against the Raiders' exploitable secondary (26th in passing yards allowed per game). It remains to be seen who coach Brian Flores will field under center for Week 17's must-win road game in Buffalo.

Dec 26, 2020 8:27 PM EST

Wills Dolphins to crucial victory

Tagovailoa completed 20 of 26 pass attempts for 145 yards and one interception during Sunday's 22-12 win over the Patriots. He also ran for two scores while carrying the ball three times for nine yards.

Analysis: Tagovailoa overcame a deeply depleted receiving corps to earn a divisional victory over the Patriots, knocking New England out of the playoffs for the first time since the 2008 season while keeping Miami's postseason hopes alive. All of DeVante Parker (hamstring), Mike Gesicki (shoulder) and Jakeem Grant (hamstring) were ruled out for Sunday's game just prior to kickoff, and Myles Gaskin (illness) is on the reserve/COVID-19 list, forcing Tagovailoa to work with backups at every skill position. With that context in mind, it's quite impressive that the rookie was able to lead the Dolphins' offense to a victory, even if his yardage total doesn't stand out. Preston Williams (foot) is also on IR, and Albert Wilson and Allen Hurns both opted out for the season, so it's accurate to say that Tagovailoa was working without his top seven offensive weapons, at least as they were projected in the offseason.

Dec 20, 2020 1:23 PM EST

Comeback bid comes up short vs. KC

Tagovailoa completed 28 of 48 passes for 316 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Sunday's 33-27 loss to the Chiefs. He added 24 yards and a touchdown on six rushing attempts.

Analysis: Tagovailoa tossed a seven-yard touchdown to Mike Gesicki in the first quarter but also threw his first career interception on a deep ball late in the first half to take a 14-10 deficit into the locker room. Tua added a second touchdown to Gesicki from 29 yards out before the tight end left with a shoulder injury, then scored his first career rushing touchdown from one yard out to make it a six-point game in the final minutes. The rookie fifth overall pick is 4-2 as Miami's starter heading into a Week 15 matchup with the Patriots, but he had primarily been a game manager for a Dolphins team that relies on its defense to win games before tossing away the training wheels in this one. Tua's TD:INT through those six starts sits at 9:1.

Dec 13, 2020 2:22 PM EST

Ready to face Chiefs

Tagovailoa (left thumb) does not carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Chiefs.

Analysis: Tagovailoa's status for Week 14 never seemed to be in real danger, and by practicing in full Friday the rookie signal-caller has affirmed his readiness. The Chiefs presume to be one of the toughest matchups of Tagovailoa's young career, and even if Miami's standout secondary can limit Patrick Mahomes in some capacity, the Alamaba product may find himself tasked to keep pace in a shootout.

Dec 11, 2020 1:27 PM EST

Limited again Thursday

Tagovailoa (thumb) was limited in Thursday's practice, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Tagovailoa has regularly had his practice reps capped since injuring his throwing thumb, but there's currently no reason to fear that the rookie's Week 14 availability is in any danger. With a home matchup against the high-flying Chiefs offense on deck, it makes sense for the Dolphins to ensure that Tagovailoa is ready to for the possibility of handling large passing volume.

Dec 10, 2020 11:26 AM EST

Limited Wednesday

Tagovailoa (left thumb) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: The Dolphins continue to manage Tagovailoa's reps due to an injury to his throwing thumb, but considering that the rookie quarterback started last weekend's win over the Bengals, there's not real reason to worry about his availability. Nor did Tagovailoa look particularly hampered by the injury, as he managed a career-best 296 passing yards against Cincinnati. Tagovailoa could have to air it out in order to keep pace with Patrick Mahomes during Sunday's upcoming matchup against the Chiefs.

Dec 9, 2020 2:10 PM EST

Career-high yardage tally in return

Tagovailoa (thumb) completed 26 of 39 passes for 296 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions in the Dolphins' 19-7 win over the Bengals on Sunday. He also rushed three times for three yards.

Analysis: The rookie was masterful in his return from a one-game absence, refraining from any turnovers and avoiding being sacked while connecting with eight different pass catchers on the afternoon. Tagovailoa bestowed the most attention on tight end Mike Gesicki, who also brought in the signal-caller's one touchdown pass of the day in the third quarter. Tagovailoa did not appear to have any accuracy issues as a result of the thumb injury that had sidelined him Week 12, and he now boasts a career-opening five-start interception-less streak heading into a Week 14 home showdown against Patrick Mahomes and the high-powered Chiefs, a game in which the fifth overall pick figures to have to do plenty of passing.

Dec 6, 2020 1:54 PM EST

Starting assignment on tap

Tagovailoa (thumb), who is active for Sunday's game against the Bengals, was seen warming up with the Dolphins' first-team offense prior to the contest, while Ryan Fitzpatrick worked with the second team, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Miami likely won't formally announce a starting quarterback until minutes before the 1 p.m. ET kickoff, but Tagovailoa's involvement with the top unit in pregame drills is as sure of a sign as any that he'll be receiving the nod over Fitzpatrick, who filled in for the injured rookie in the Week 12 win over the Jets. Despite being listed as a limited participant in practices Wednesday through Friday, Tagovailoa reportedly handled most of the first-team reps each day, clearing up most of the concern the Dolphins might have had about his injured left thumb.

Dec 6, 2020 9:42 AM EST

Active, likely starting Week 13

Tagovailoa (thumb) is active for Sunday's game against the Bengals.

Analysis: The Dolphins haven't formally announced that Tagovailoa will start in his return from a one-game absence, but he's expected to receive the nod over Ryan Fitzpatrick after handling most of the first-team work in practice this week, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Over his first three NFL starts before he suffered the left thumb injury, Tagovailoa was a modest performer from a fantasy standpoint, averaging 166.6 passing yards, 1.6 touchdowns and 11.3 rushing yards per contest.

Dec 6, 2020 8:38 AM EST

Expected to start Sunday

Tagovailoa (left thumb) is expected to start Sunday's game against the Bengals, barring any issues during pre-game warmups, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The rookie QB injured the thumb on his throwing hand in practice back on Nov. 25 and sat out last weekend's win over the Jets, which was started by Ryan Fitzpatrick. Per Rapoport, in anticipation of returning to the lineup, Tagovailoa took most of the Dolphins' first-team signal-caller reps at practice this week. While Tagovailoa's Week 13 active status will be confirmed prior to the first wave of games Sunday -- with Miami kicking off at 1:00 ET -- it remains to be seen if a starting QB will be officially announced by the team.

Dec 6, 2020 4:19 AM EST

Expected to be active

Tagovailoa (left thumb) is expected to be active Sunday against the Bengals, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The Dolphins opted not to call up practice-squad quarterback Reid Sinnett on Saturday which seems to suggest Tagovailoa will be available to play in some capacity against the Bengals. Reinforcing that notion is a cryptic social media post by an agent of Tagovailoa's, who in a since deleted tweet, mentioned he'd be traveling to the game to watch his client play. Fantasy managers should still confirm Tagovailoa's status ahead of Sunday's 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff, but it appears the rookie could be set for one of the easiest matchups in his young career against a depleted Bengals unit.

Dec 5, 2020 2:35 PM EST

Officially questionable for Week 13

Tagovailoa (left thumb) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bengals, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

Analysis: Coach Brian Flores has already hinted that Tagovialoa's status could come down to a game-time call, per Cameron Wolfe of ESPN, noting that a final decision on the signal-caller's availability won't come until the coaching staff have had time to thoroughly review practice film. The rookie has put together a trio of limited practices since missing last weekend's win over the Jets, but it remains to be seen whether the thumb injury on his throwing hand is still hindering his accuracy and/or velocity. If the Dolphins ultimately deem that Tagovailoa isn't yet healthy enough to provide the best chance to win, Ryan Fitzpatrick will draw another start.

Dec 4, 2020 12:41 PM EST

Could be game-time call Week 13

Dolphins head coach Brian Flores hinted Thursday that Tagovailoa's (thumb) status for this weekend's matchup with the Bengals could come down to a game-time decision, Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reports. "[Tagovailoa] was limited in practice [Wednesday]," Flores said. "We'll take it one day at a time. Both [Tagovailoa and Ryan Fitzpatrick] practiced. We'll see how he progresses throughout the week and make a decision on Sunday."

Analysis: Flores indicated earlier in the week that Tagovailoa will remain the Dolphins' top quarterback if healthy, but the rookie has thus far not been able to throw without any restrictions while he works through a jammed thumb. During his limited workout Wednesday, Tagovailoa was still practicing with tape covering his left wrist and thumb, so he may need to prove he can throw accurately and with his usual velocity before the Dolphins clear him for game action. While Tagovailoa was sidelined for last week's win over the Jets, Fitzpatrick ran the offense smoothly, completing 24 of 39 attempts for 257 yards, two touchdowns and no turnovers.

Dec 3, 2020 8:10 AM EST

Limited to start week

Tagovailoa (thumb) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Safid Deen of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Tagovailoa said he felt good while wearing a wrap on his left thumb at practice, per Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com, but he reiterated that a final decision on his Week 13 availability will come down to the coaching staff. Coach Brian Flores has already stated that Tagovailoa will start against the Bengals as long as he's healthy, but Ryan Fitzpatrick would be more than capable of commanding Miami's offense once more if the rookie can't attain full medical clearance .

Dec 2, 2020 12:40 PM EST

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