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Tua Tagovailoa reacts to Deshaun Watson trade rumors

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Rumors of a potential Deshaun Watson trade have intensified this week, with the Miami Dolphins named as the most likely suitor. It’s easy to imagine those rumors are taking a bit of a toll on Miami’s current quarterback.

After Sunday’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons, Tua Tagovailoa admitted he’s well aware of the trade rumors. The second-year quarterback said he has been trying to tune them out, and said coach Brian Flores has been transparent on the topic.

Tagovailoa has been put in a tough spot. He’s trying to prove himself as an NFL quarterback, and he’s doing so in the face of trade rumors. It doesn’t help that his team has started 1-6.

On the other hand, Tagovailoa has brought a lot of this on himself. He threw two more interceptions Sunday against Atlanta, bringing him to four in four games. Beyond that, some of his throws have looked downright awful. That’s a big reason the Dolphins may be looking for a replacement.

Tagovailoa definitely has the support of some within the organization. Time may be running out on him anyway, and the public nature of it all won’t make things any easier for him.

Watch: Dan Marino appeared to give Tua Tagovailoa pep talk

Dan Marino Tua Tagovailoa

Tua Tagovailoa has faced a lot of criticism in his first two seasons with the Miami Dolphins, and he may have gotten some words of encouragement from a franchise icon on Sunday.

Tagovailoa briefly met with Dan Marino on the field before the Dolphins’ game against the Atlanta Falcons in Miami. If our novice lip-reading skills serve us correctly, it looked like Marino said “s— happens” to Tagovailoa before the two parted ways. Here’s the video:

We’re just speculating, but it would not be a surprise if Marino spoke with Tagovailoa about the recent reports once again linking Deshaun Watson to the Dolphins.

The Dolphins don’t seem like they have a ton of faith in Tagovailoa. Head coach Brian Flores has had to awkwardly throw his support behind the former fifth overall pick on multiple occasions.

Any advice Marino had for Tagovailoa was probably appreciated. The former Alabama star’s first two years in the NFL have not been easy.

Tua Tagovailoa rumors spin out of control amid Watson speculation

Tua Tagovailoa

As speculation increased about a potentially imminent Deshaun Watson trade, even wilder rumors began to spread about the future of Tua Tagovailoa.

A report on Wednesday indicated that the Houston Texans and Miami Dolphins are making progress on trade talks involving Watson. That cast doubt on Tagovailoa’s future in Miami and led to a flood of unsourced rumors about the Dolphins quarterback’s future.

Further complicating matters was a report from Aaron Wilson of SportsTalk 790 AM indicating that a third team was involved in trade talks that related to the Watson situation.

We do know of two prominent teams that Tagovailoa has been linked to but apparently aren’t involved. One of them is the Denver Broncos, who have no interest in Tagovailoa, according to Mike Klis of 9News.

Tagovailoa was also linked to the Washington Football Team, another organization without a long-term solution at quarterback. JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington, however, said he received a “hard no” from sources when asking if Washington had interest.

Where does that leave Tagovailoa? We don’t know, honestly. There’s no doubt that if Miami does bring Watson in, Tagovailoa’s long-term future in Miami is over. It may be that other teams just aren’t that interested. That’s hard to fathom given how much hype Tagovailoa had coming into the NFL, but when you see some of the plays he’s made during games, it just doesn’t look like he’s making much progress toward being a standout NFL quarterback.

Watch: Tua Tagovailoa makes baffling decision on 3rd down

Tua Tagovailoa third down

Tua Tagovailoa returned from his rib injury for the Miami Dolphins’ game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in London on Sunday. He made some big throws against a defense that flat-out refused to cover tight ends, but one decision Tua made in the first half left viewers scratching their heads.

The Dolphins had 3rd-and-2 deep in Jaguars’ territory when Tagovailoa got outside the pocket and could have run for an easy first down. Instead, he decided at the last second to go for a bigger play by throwing the ball. He sailed it way over the head of his intended target.

Miami went for it on fourth down and converted, but they still settled for a field goal. Tua’s poor decision may not have impacted the drive, but that was a rookie mistake from a player who is not a rookie. Given the situation, Tagovailoa should have known to get the easy first down.

Fortunately, the play didn’t make Tua look quite as bad as Trevor Lawrence made himself look with what he said on the sideline earlier in the game.

Tua Tagovailoa’s future with Dolphins in doubt after latest injury?

Tua Tagovailoa

Tua Tagovailoa will miss several games with a rib injury he suffered last week, and questions are mounting about whether or not his future with the Miami Dolphins is secure.

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports was told by several personnel people and coaches around the NFL that Brian Flores would have preferred to draft Justin Herbert over Tagovailoa. People with the Dolphins insist general manager Chris Grier consults with Flores on all major roster moves and would not have gone against his wishes. Still, there have been plenty of signs over the past year that Flores and the Dolphins are not sold on Tagovailoa.

The Dolphins have long been viewed as the most likely suitor for Deshaun Watson if and when the Houston Texans trade the star quarterback. There’s still a chance Watson could be moved before the Nov. 2 trade deadline, but La Canfora says Tagovailoa’s injury does not make it any more likely that the Dolphins will acquire Watson. The Texans are still seeking a very significant return for Watson despite the fact that he is facing sexual assault allegations from multiple women.

Tagovailoa had 202 yards with a touchdown and an interception in Miami’s 17-16 win over the New England Patriots in Week 1. He attempted just four passes in last week’s game against the Buffalo Bills before being carted to the locker room with his injury.

Tua Tagovailoa to miss at least three games after landing on IR

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Tua Tagovailoa is facing a rather significant absence after suffering fractured ribs in a Week 2 loss to Buffalo.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Miami Dolphins will place Tagovailoa on injured reserve, ruling him out for at least the next three games. The Dolphins are hopeful that Tagovailoa will be ready to return by that point.

Tagovailoa’s prognosis initially sounded fairly positive after he was carted off last Sunday. However, further examination revealed the fractures, making it clear that Tagovailoa’s absence would not be as brief as first hoped.

The 23-year-old Tagovailoa tallied 215 passing yards with a touchdown and an interception this season prior to the injury. Jacoby Brissett will handle the quarterback duties as long as Tagovailoa remains sidelined.

Tua Tagovailoa dealing with bruised ribs

Tua Tagovailoa

Tua Tagovailoa left Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills with an injury, but the early news was fairly positive for the Miami Dolphins.

Tagovailoa was carted off the field following a hard hit in the first half. There was initially concern about his surgically repaired hip, but Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports that Tagovailoa suffered bruised ribs. X-rays were negative, but Tua is said to be in a significant amount of pain.

Bruised ribs are typically a pain tolerance injury, so it’s unclear if Tagovailoa will be forced to miss time beyond Sunday. Either way, it sounds like he avoided a major injury.

Jacoby Brissett took over for Tagovailoa.

Tua Tagovailoa carted off following injury against Bills

Tua Tagovailoa

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered an injury early in Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills, and it was serious enough that he was carted to the locker room.

Tagovailoa took a hard shot while delivering a pass on 4th down. He tried to make it to the sideline under his own power but was too shaken up. He was then carted off the field after being examined by medical staff. You can see the play below:

The concern with Tagovailoa has always been his hip, as he underwent hip surgery after suffering a serious injury during his senior year at Alabama in 2019. However, the Dolphins announced that Tua’s injury was to his hip.

Jacoby Brissett came on to replace Tagovailoa.

Patriots’ JC Jackson takes shot at Tua Tagovailoa

Tua Tagovailoa

One member of the New England Patriots did not come away particularly impressed with Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa Sunday.

Patriots cornerback J.C. Jackson said the plan had been to confuse and unsettle Tagovailoa. He hinted at part of the reason with a clear shot at the Miami quarterback, essentially saying that when defenses take away Tagovailoa’s first read, the young QB throws up a prayer.

Tagovailoa’s lone interception Sunday came when he made a desperate attempt to throw the ball away while under heavy pressure. The ball didn’t make it to the sideline, and was instead intercepted by New England’s Jonathan Jones.

Tagovailoa made clear he wasn’t completely comfortable in the offense as a rookie, and perhaps that helped form the perception of his reads. Still, despite Miami’s 17-16 win, he probably didn’t win over many converts on Sunday. It’s certainly something that still appears to need some work.

Dolphin players do not elect Tua Tagovailoa as one of team’s captains

Tua Tagovailoa

The Miami Dolphins revealed their five team captains for the 2021 season on Wednesday, and there was one notable omission — their starting quarterback did not make the cut.

Linebacker Elandon Roberts, offensive tackle Jesse Davis, safety Clayton Fejedelem, wide receiver Mack Hollins and cornerback Jason McCourty were all named Miami’s team captains. Tua Tagovailoa was not given the honor by his teammates.

There are really two ways to look at that. One is that Tagovailoa has not played much in the NFL, so perhaps his teammates want him to prove himself before he is given the captain’s badge. Or, it could be that Tagovailoa did not show enough leadership this offseason to inspire Dolphins players. The latter scenario would obviously be much more of a concern.

Tagovailoa played in 10 games last season. We wouldn’t call him an experienced veteran, but he’s not a rookie, either. For what it’s worth, Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson were named captains by the Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Jets, respectively.

Between Tagovailoa not being named a captain and all the reports that the Dolphins are looking to trade for a star quarterback, you can understand why fans might not feel that confident in Tua. The former Alabama star has a lot to prove this season.

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