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Ryan Fitzpatrick still helping Tua Tagovailoa despite losing starting job

Ryan Fitzpatrick

There are a number of veteran quarterbacks who aren’t very keen to mentor their younger replacements. Ryan Fitzpatrick is not one of them.

Tua Tagovailoa said Wednesday that Fitzpatrick has continued to actively mentor him and offer feedback, even after the Miami Dolphins rookie landed the team’s starting quarterback job.

This is no surprise. Fitzpatrick knew all along that he was a bridge until Tagovailoa was ready to start, and made clear he was eager to help. But Fitzpatrick didn’t really expect the change to come this soon. That’s especially true since the veteran hasn’t really done anything to play himself out of a job.

Fitzpatrick was open about how hurt he was by the benching. Then he picked himself up and went back to mentoring Tagovailoa. That’s precisely why the Dolphins wanted him around.

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