Tua Tagovailoa
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Fri 4/30/21 3:34 PM

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

Tua Tagovailoa
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Thu 3/11/21 12:32 PM

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

Tua Tagovailoa
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Tue 1/5/21 3:32 PM

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

Tua Tagovailoa
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Sun 1/3/21 4:50 PM

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.
EDGE 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.

Tua Tagovailoa
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Thu 12/31/20 2:01 PM

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.
EDGE 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.

Tua Tagovailoa
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Sun 12/27/20 12:04 AM

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

Tua Tagovailoa
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Sat 12/26/20 11:27 PM

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

Tua Tagovailoa
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Sun 12/20/20 4:23 PM1 Comment

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.
EDGE 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.

Tua Tagovailoa
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Sun 12/13/20 5:22 PM

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.
EDGE 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.

Tua Tagovailoa
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Fri 12/11/20 4:27 PM1 Comment

Tagovailoa (left thumb) does not carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Chiefs.
EDGE 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 Alabama product may find himself tasked to keep pace in a shootout.