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Ryan Fitzpatrick has been mentoring Tua Tagovailoa via Zoom

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Ryan Fitzpatrick will be competing for a starting job with Tua Tagovailoa this offseason, but that does not mean the veteran will be unwilling to help the former Alabama star. In fact, the mentoring has already begun.

Fitzpatrick told reporters on Thursday that he “loved watching (Tagovailoa) in college” and has already met with him via Zoom. The 37-year-old says he has been conducting video chats with Tagovailoa, Josh Rosen and Jake Rudock.

Fitzpatrick acknowledged the obvious, which is that his goal is to win the starting job heading into the season. However, he stressed the importance of quarterbacks helping one another and said he is willing to assist Tagovailoa any way he can.

The Dolphins were accused of tanking all offseason last year, but they ended up surprising the league by winning five games. Fitzpatrick was a big reason for that, as he became a steadying presence for the team and threw for 3,529 yards, 20 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Tagovailoa has already become wildly popular with the fans, and the Dolphins would love if he did enough to win the Week 1 starting job. If he can’t, Fitzpatrick is the perfect bridge quarterback.

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