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Articles tagged: Tua Tagovailoa

Deshaun Watson could be traded to this team in blockbuster QB swap?

Deshaun Watson

Deshaun Watson is clearly unhappy with the moves the Houston Texans have made in the days since their 2020 season ended, and there has been a lot of talk about him demanding a trade. If that happens, the Miami Dolphins will reportedly be a potential suitor to watch.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen confirmed on “Sunday NFL Countdown” that Watson is frustrated with the Texans for not involving him in the decision to hire general manager Nick Caserio and not interviewing Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy as part of their head coaching search. Mortensen said Watson’s “concerns about the franchise’s insensitivity on social justice causes have been reinforced.”

If the Texans do start exploring trade possibilities, Mortensen says the idea of swapping Watson for Tua Tagovailoa has been floated.

“You’re not gonna get anything but denials at this stage from both franchises, but this is an offseason puzzle we may be trying to put together,” the NFL insider said.

Watson has a no-trade clause as part of the $156 million contract extension he signed with Houston, but he would reportedly be open to playing for the Dolphins.

Trades of that magnitude are extremely rare in the NFL. That said, there have been some rumblings that Dolphins head coach Brian Flores is not sold on Tagovailoa. The idea of giving up on a No. 5 overall pick after one season seems farfetched, but Miami would almost certainly consider it if they were replacing Tagovailoa with an established Pro Bowler like Watson.

The Texans have reportedly not been able to get in touch with Watson in days. The quarterback’s agent sent a tweet on Friday ripping the team, though he quickly deleted it. You can see a screenshot of the tweet here.

Tua Tagovailoa benched amid struggles during close game

Tua Tagovailoa

Brian Flores continued his trend of benching Tua Tagovailoa when he feels he’s not getting enough out of his quarterback.

Tagovailoa was benched during the fourth quarter of Saturday’s Miami Dolphins game against the Raiders in Las Vegas. The Dolphins were trailing 16-13 at the time. Tagovailoa had played the entire game up to that point and was 17/22 but only had passed for 94 yards and a touchdown.

Though Tagovailoa led a touchdown drive to start the third quarter, the Dolphins’ offense went 3-and-out three straight times after that. The Raiders seemed to have Miami’s number at that point, which may be why Flores made the switch to Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Fitzpatrick immediately led a 13-play, 84-yard drive that resulted in a field goal. The Dolphins should have had a touchdown on the drive, but Mike Gesicki dropped a pass in the end zone.

Tagovailoa was also benched during a loss to Denver in which he struggled.

Flores is in a tough spot as he is trying to get his team into the playoffs while also allowing the franchise a chance to see how its rookie quarterback looks. Sometimes it’s in the team’s best interest to let Fitzpatrick play.

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Tua Tagovailoa reached out to Joe Burrow after season-ending injury

Tua Tagovailoa

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow heard from one of his important counterparts after suffering his season-ending ACL injury.

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa said he’d reached out to Burrow after the No. 1 overall pick went down for the season on Nov. 22, and said he’s rooting for Burrow to return as quickly as possible.

“Injuries like that are never fun,” Tagovailoa said, via Cameron Wolfe of ESPN. “I know he’d love to be able to go out there and compete against us. I sent him my prayers. I wish him the best.”

Tagovailoa knows a thing or two about severe injuries. He suffered an ugly hip injury last season that ended his college career at Alabama. He was drafted fifth overall anyway, and ended up taking over the starting job for Miami during the season.

There’s some encouraging thinking about Burrow’s long-term recovery. Maybe he can use Tagovailoa as a blueprint for his return.

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Tua Tagovailoa downgraded to doubtful for Week 12

Tua Tagovailoa

After participating in limited practice during the week, Tua Tagovailoa apparently is not where the Miami Dolphins need him to be physically.

Tagovailoa has been limited by a thumb injury on his throwing hand during the week. He had been listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the New York Jets, but was downgraded to doubtful on Saturday. Ryan Fitzpatrick will likely get the start against his former team.

The news comes as a bit of a surprise, as up until Saturday there was cautious optimism that Tagovailoa would be fine to play. It became clear, however, that the thumb was not responding the way Tagovailoa needed it to.

It’s been a very up-and-down week for the rookie quarterback. He was benched during last Sunday’s game, with coach Brian Flores making clear that it was due to performance. Tagovailoa was given assurances that he would be returned as starter for Week 12, but now injuries have derailed that. It will be interesting to see if Fitzpatrick’s performance Sunday, good or bad, has any bearing on the team’s quarterback situation moving forward.

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5 biggest disappointments of NFL Week 11

Tua Tagovailoa

We are moving toward the part of the season where every game is decisive and every mistake is magnified in the NFL. Coaches are now starting to sweat it out as their seats get hotter, and teams are seeing their playoff hopes get slimmer and slimmer depending on how they do. In other words, the stakes are high.

So who isn’t living up to expectations? Here are five disappointments from Week 11.

Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Dolphins

It’s fair to ask if the Dolphins went to Tagovailoa prematurely. He struggled on Sunday, throwing for just 83 yards before being benched in a move that coach Brian Flores explicitly said was down to performance. Ryan Fitzpatrick didn’t lead the Dolphins to a comeback, but the team received a bit of a jolt when he came in. Tagovailoa isn’t passing well enough right now. The Dolphins are still in a solid position, but the quarterback needs to improve.

Lamar Jackson, QB, Ravens

Jackson came into the 2020 season talking about how motivated he was to go even further after the Ravens’ playoff loss last year. A rematch with the same Tennessee Titans team that knocked them out should have been a chance to make a statement. Instead, it showed just how much work they have to do. Jackson missed two opportunities for touchdown passes and threw for just 186 yards. Dez Bryant, signed off the street, was the team’s second-leading receiver with 28 yards. The offense is broken, and these postgame quotes didn’t inspire much confidence either.

Detroit Lions

The Carolina Panthers do not have a great defense. The Detroit Lions have enough talent on offense to at least be competent. Instead, the Lions got shut out, and their season is now circling the drain. Matt Patricia increasingly looks like a dead man walking. It never needed to get this bad in Detroit, but the franchise has completely lost its way — not that it was ever that close to figuring it out anyway. It’s time, once again, for wholesale changes.

New England Patriots’ defense

Deshaun Watson is entirely capable of hurting anyone, but the Patriots’ defense was brutal on Sunday. Their performance is even harder to excuse when considering the Texans essentially had the run game taken away from them. That meant Watson was passing a lot, and the Patriots couldn’t stop it. Watson threw for 344 yards and two touchdowns, then added a third rushing touchdown. In the end, Houston put up 399 total yards and 27 points. That won’t do against a team that has been struggling all year.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, Packers

Sunday was cruel for Valdes-Scantling, who made a big catch late in the fourth quarter to get the game to overtime in the first place. However, the wide receiver made a huge mistake in overtime, fumbling away the ball after a catch to essentially set the Colts up for a win. It was, quite literally, a game-changing turnover, and he was visibly upset on the sideline afterward. He has the backing of his quarterback, but that’s unlikely to make him feel any better.

Tua Tagovailoa was benched for performance but will keep starting job

Tua Tagovailoa

Tua Tagovailoa’s poor performance on Sunday got him benched late in Miami’s loss to Denver, but it apparently won’t be permanent.

Dolphins coach Brian Flores confirmed after Sunday’s game that Tagovailoa was benched for performance reasons, not injury. However, Flores added that Tagovailoa will still keep his starting job in Week 12 against the New York Jets.

Tagovailoa was just 11/20 for 83 yards and a touchdown when he was replaced by Ryan Fitzpatrick in the fourth quarter. Fitzpatrick got the Dolphins within a touchdown, but threw a late interception to seal Miami’s fate. There was speculation that Tagovailoa had suffered an injury, but Flores made clear that was not the case.

It sounds like Flores tried to give his team a jolt by bringing Fitzpatrick in. It almost worked. Even if Tagovailoa is set to start in Week 12, expect this to raise questions about the Dolphins’ quarterback situation going forward.

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Tua Tagovailoa replaced by Ryan Fitzpatrick after awkward tackle on sack

Tua Tagovailoa

Tua Tagovailoa was replaced at quarterback by Ryan Fitzpatrick during the fourth quarter of the Miami Dolphins’ game against the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

The Dolphins were down 20-10 at Denver with under 10 minutes remaining when Fitzpatrick took over. There were questions about whether Tua was replaced due to performance or injury reasons. Tagovailoa entered the game with a foot injury, and CBS’ announcers speculated both reasons factored into the QB change.

There were further questions about whether the tackle Tagovailoa took on a sack led him to be replaced.

Tagovailoa’s left leg/foot appeared to get bent awkwardly on the sack, which was the sixth one he had taken in the game.

The rookie quarterback was not having a good game. He was 11/20 for 83 yards and a touchdown prior to being replaced. The Dolphins entered the game on a five-game winning streak.

Tua Tagovailoa has surprising quote after Dolphins win

Tua Tagovailoa

Tua Tagovailoa showed off some of his electric skills in Sunday’s win over Arizona, but he seemingly didn’t feel as good as he looked.

The rookie quarterback won his second career start Sunday with a 34-31 victory over the Cardinals. Tagovailoa went 20/28 for 248 yards, adding 35 rushing yards on seven carries. On one particularly memorable play, he turned a potential sack into a first down with some shifty moves on the defense.

Despite that, Tagovailoa said after the game that he’d never felt so slow on a football field.

“That was probably the slowest I ever felt,” Tagovailoa said, via Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald. “I felt I was running in quicksand.”

That’s a surprise, as Tagovailoa looked pretty fluid. That said, he’s still getting his legs under him in NFL action, especially in light of the fact that he hasn’t played much game action since the hip injury he suffered last season at Alabama.

Tagovailoa is still getting the feel of the NFL, but he’s only going to gain confidence the more he does. That was reflected in these comments he made last week, too.

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Brian Flores has blunt assessment of Tua Tagovailoa’s first NFL start

Tua Tagovailoa

It sounds like Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores wants to see plenty of improvement from quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.

Flores offered a blunt assessment of Tagovailoa’s performance in the team’s win over the Los Angeles Rams, and suggested the rookie has a lot to work on.

“Some good plays, some bad plays,” Flores said, via Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. “A lot of things we can get fixed. First time out, some good, some bad. Hopefully we see some improvement next week.”

Tagovailoa went 12/22 for 93 yards and a touchdown. Those aren’t great numbers, but the Dolphins clearly wanted to keep things simple and run a relatively unambitious offense for the rookie’s first start. It worked in terms of winning the game, but it also clearly demonstrated to Flores and his staff what Tagovailoa needs to work on.

Tua, meanwhile, had this fairly surprising take on how his day went.

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Tua Tagovailoa has surprising comment about first hit he took

Tua Tagovailoa

Tua Tagovailoa’s first NFL start went well, and he even found something enjoyable about the first hit.

On just his second snap of the game, Tagovailoa was sacked by star defensive lineman Aaron Donald and fumbled the ball away. The Rams promptly scored four plays later.

In spite of that, Tagovailoa indicated that he actually enjoyed taking the hit.

“I don’t know who it was that took me off my feet and bodyslammed me,” Tagovailoa said, via Cameron Wolfe of ESPN. “I’m not going to lie, I did enjoy getting hit that first time.”

Tagovailoa probably didn’t enjoy the fumble, but the sentiment makes sense. After all, this is a guy who had to work his way back from hip surgery in order to make his NFL debut. Taking the hit and getting up afterward was a big moment for him personally.

The rookie ended up going 12/22 for 93 yards and a touchdown in a 28-17 victory. Encouragingly, the fumble ended up being Tagovailoa’s only turnover of the day.

It’s pretty easy to see how much Tagovailoa’s NFL career means to him. That’s why he’ll relish every moment, even the big hits.

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