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Ryan Fitzpatrick says he is Tua Tagovailoa’s ‘biggest cheerleader’

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Ryan Fitzpatrick’s stay as the Miami Dolphins’ starting quarterback will not be lasting much longer, but he does not seem worried. In fact, Fitzpatrick is embracing his role.

Fitzpatrick was a guest on Eric Wood’s “What’s Next” podcast episode that was published on Monday. The two were teammates on the Buffalo Bills, and Fitzpatrick talked with Wood about how he plans to mentor Tagovailoa, who was drafted No. 5 overall by Miami in April.

Fitzpatrick expressed that he has told Tagovailoa he is available to provide advice and mentor him. He called himself Tua’s “biggest cheerleader.”

It’s unclear whether the Dolphins plan to have Tagovailoa start the season, but letting Fitzpatrick begin the year as the starter for a few games might make sense. Tagovailoa is coming off hip surgery and is at a disadvantage given the lack of offseason activity. Fitzpatrick started 15 games for the Dolphins last season and helped them win five games, so he might be good for continuity.

Given his attitude, he will make a perfect mentor for Tua.

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