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Tua Tagovailoa returns to field to soak in moment after making NFL debut

Tua Tagovailoa

Tua Tagovailoa on Sunday made his Miami Dolphins debut, and he was sure to really let the moment sink in.

The former Alabama quarterback, who suffered a hip injury last year, entered Miami’s 24-0 win over the New York Jets on Sunday for the team’s final possession. He completed two passes for nine yards and handed the ball off a few times on the possession.

When he entered the game, Tagovailoa received a loud applause from the limited fans in attendance at Hard Rock Stadium.

Tagovailoa later returned to the field after the game and sat down on the turf to enjoy things.

He said he went back to the field to FaceTime his parents since they couldn’t attend the game.

Tagovailoa’s last game was around 11 months ago. Finally getting back into a real game probably felt great for him and his family, especially after all the initial concern surrounding his injury.

Miami is now 3-3 and hosts the Rams in Week 7.

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Tua Tagovailoa planning financially-savvy move for rookie year

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Tua Tagovailoa is trying to be smart with his NFL money from the very start.

In an interview this week with GQ Magazine, the Miami Dolphins first-year quarterback said that he was planning to save the entirety of his rookie contract and live solely off his endorsement money.

“I’m gonna be living off of my marketing money,” said Tagovailoa. “So the endorsement money that I get, and then everything else is just put to the side. The money that I’m making from my contract, that’s put to the side. None of that’s gonna be seen.”

The 22-year-old landed $30.3 million guaranteed, including a $19.6 million signing bonus, from the Dolphins on his four-year rookie contract. As for his endorsements, Tagovailoa has already picked up deals from Adidas, Bose, Wingstop, and other companies.

It is a wise playcall from Tagovailoa, who has yet to make his NFL debut as he continues to recover from hip surgery. Granted, the ex-Heisman finalist is not the only member of the 2020 draft class who is pulling such a move.

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Brian Flores reveals where Tua Tagovailoa stands with Dolphins

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Tua Tagovailoa appears to have acquitted himself well in camp, even though he didn’t win the Miami Dolphins’ quarterback job.

Coach Brian Flores announced Monday that Ryan Fitzpatrick would be the team’s Week 1 starter, as expected. However, he also had praise for Tagovailoa, and said it would be okay if the rookie had to play at some point.

“He’s had a good camp. He’s been competitive. He’s shown a lot of improvement,” Flores said, via Cameron Wolfe of ESPN. “If he had to go in and play, that’s how it’d be. Now a rookie playing early on, we may have that at some other positions and if that were the case, then that’s what it would be.”

While there was chatter that Tagovailoa could end up being third string for Miami, that hasn’t happened. He has been healthy and received positive reviews for his efforts. He may not be the starter now, but he’s still on the right track for long-term success with the Dolphins.

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Report: Tua Tagovailoa may start season as Dolphins’ third-string QB

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It doesn’t sound like we’ll be seeing Tua Tagovailoa early in the 2020 NFL season.

According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, Tagovailoa is clearly not going to feature for the Miami Dolphins early in 2020. Veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick is highly likely to start for Miami. The quarterback competition that does exist is mostly between Tagovailoa and Josh Rosen for the backup role.

Salguero adds that, at this point, Rosen looks more likely to be the backup than Tagovailoa based on their performances in camp.

None of this is really surprising. Fitzpatrick has looked like the starter for a while. The Dolphins have made it clear they’re not going to rush Tagovailoa. Combine the two and you don’t have much of a competition.

Rosen may be the bigger surprise. He made clear that he wants to try to win the starting job. It does not sound like he’s going to beat out Fitzpatrick, but this may be a sign that he’s putting together a solid camp.

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Tua Tagovailoa passes physical, cleared to practice

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Tua Tagovailoa has been cleared to compete for the Miami Dolphins’ starting quarterback job this summer.

On Wednesday, Dolphins head coach Brian Flores told reporters that Tagovailoa has passed his physical with the team and is fully cleared to participate in all football activities. Teams will undergo coronavirus testing and take part in strength and conditioning drills over the next two weeks before taking the practice field.

While veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick is the heavy favorite to start for the Dolphins in Week 1, Flores said there will be an open quarterback competition.

“You always want competition in training camp. Every position is an open competition,” Flores said, via ESPN’s Cameron Wolfe. “Obviously, some players are further ahead than others. We all kind of know and understand that, but, yes, we want competition. There’s no jobs that are just going to be handed out.”

Tagovailoa has been saying for months now that he is 100 percent recovered from the hip surgery he underwent last year, and doctors have confirmed that on multiple occasions. He hasn’t taken part in any on-field workouts with his teammates but was part of the virtual offseason and did some work with Fitzpatrick.

Tagovailoa, who was drafted No. 5 overall by the Dolphins, threw for 7,442 yards, 87 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in three seasons at Alabama. There was speculation his hip injury could be catastrophic, but we have heard nothing but positive reports about his recovery the entire way. Assuming he doesn’t suffer any setbacks, it would be a surprise if we did not see him play at some point in 2020.

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Tua Tagovailoa says he is ‘ready to go’ for NFL training camp

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Tua Tagovailoa is recovering from hip surgery and says he is ready for training camp.

The Miami Dolphins quarterback spoke with USA Today’s Chris Bumbaca for a story that was published on Thursday. Tagovailoa told Bumbaca has the “itch” to play and that he is “ready to go”.

Tagovailoa only played in nine games for Alabama last season before suffering a season-ending hip injury that required surgery. Despite speculation that the injury could be catastrophic, the young quarterback has seemingly recovered well and was drafted No. 5 overall by Miami in April.

Tagovailoa will be competing with Ryan Fitzpatrick for the starting quarterback job, which hasn’t prevented the veteran from providing a mentor role. Tua has been rehabbing at the Dolphins’ facility and has received positive medical reports nearly every step of his recovery.

The 22-year-old passed for 7,442 yards, 87 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in three college seasons.

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Report: Ryan Fitzpatrick to open season as Dolphins’ starting QB

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Miami Dolphins fans are going to be anxious to get a glimpse of Tua Tagovailoa when the season begins, but the former Alabama star will have to wait a while before he gets a chance to start. With training camp set to begin in two weeks, all indications are that Ryan Fitzpatrick will be the team’s starting quarterback entering the year.

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald was told by a source that there is a “great likelihood” Fitzpatrick will be the Dolphins’ starter in Week 1. The team is not planning to have Tagovailoa take a redshirt year, but it is conceivable that Fitzpatrick could keep the job if the Dolphins play well.

Josh Rosen, who was the subject of trade rumors this offseason, could also enter the mix. Jackson notes that head coach Brian Flores could also turn to Rosen early in the year if Fitzpatrick is struggling and Tagovailoa does not seem ready. Rosen would also be an option if Tagovailoa suffers a setback with his surgically repaired hip.

Most would agree that we are likely to see Tagovailoa starting at some point in 2020. Fitzpatrick played well for the Dolphins last season and helped put the tanking talk to rest, but he is 37 and has hit his ceiling. Miami expects Tagovailoa to be the future of the franchise, and all of the reports about his health have been positive.

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Tua Tagovailoa shooting his shot with Shania Twain

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Tua Tagovailoa is proving himself to be a man of culture before even playing a single game in the NFL.

In a video feature this week, the Miami Dolphins quarterback revealed that his favorite guilty pleasure singer was country music icon Shania Twain. He even went so far as to call Twain his celebrity crush.

“Shania, if you watch this, from this moment on, please message me back,” Tagovailoa added.

As luck would have it, Tagovailoa got his response from Twain in a tweet on Sunday, and she seemed very flattered. The former Alabama star promptly responded by shooting his shot and quoting one of Twain’s famous songs.

There may definitely be a bit of an age difference between Tagovailoa (22) and Twain (54), but that is certainly no deterrent for him here. While Twain has popped up in sports circles before in joking contexts, she very much appears to have a genuine fan in the rookie signal caller.

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Tua Tagovailoa said to be ‘all systems go’ after Dolphins examine his hip

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The Miami Dolphins were unable to give Tua Tagovailoa a traditional physical exam prior to the quarterback signing his rookie contract, but they finally got a better look at the former Alabama star this week. By all indications, Tagovailoa’s rehab from hip surgery continues to go swimmingly.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Tagovailoa was granted permission to visit the Dolphins’ team facility this week because his rehab is deemed medically necessary. Doctors and training staff still believe Tagovailoa is “all systems go.”

That meshes with what Tagovailoa’s physical therapist said recently, which is that Tagovailoa’s recovery from hip surgery has been “miraculous.”

Tagovailoa fractured his hip in November. Had it not been for the injury, he may have been the first overall pick in the draft. He also battled ankle injuries at Alabama, which is why the Dolphins took a risk when they selected him. Despite all that, they are reportedly not committed to having him sit out the entire 2020 season. The news surrounding Tagovailoa’s rehab has been nothing but positive.

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Tua Tagovailoa’s physical therapist raves about QB’s recovery

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It certainly sounds like Tua Tagovailoa’s long-term prognosis after his recovery from a hip injury couldn’t be much better.

Tagovailoa fractured his hip in November playing for Alabama, which led to widespread speculation that his draft stock could be seriously impacted. The Miami Dolphins took the plunge anyway, and it looks like it might pay off. Renowned physical therapist Kevin Wilk, who has been working with Tagovailoa, stated that the quarterback’s recovery was nothing short of “miraculous.”

“He’s doing miraculously well,” Wilk said, via Safid Deen of the South Florida Sun Sentinel. “The miraculous part is that he healed so well. The second part is, he’s been so well at getting his strength back, which usually takes a long time after something like this.”

Whether Tagovailoa gets the chance to play in 2020 remains to be seen. However, it certainly sounds like his injury recovery could hardly be going better. That’s great news for him long-term, and it’s fantastic for the Dolphins as well.

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