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Report: Tua Tagovailoa may start season as Dolphins’ third-string QB

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It doesn’t sound like we’ll be seeing Tua Tagovailoa early in the 2020 NFL season.

According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, Tagovailoa is clearly not going to feature for the Miami Dolphins early in 2020. Veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick is highly likely to start for Miami. The quarterback competition that does exist is mostly between Tagovailoa and Josh Rosen for the backup role.

Salguero adds that, at this point, Rosen looks more likely to be the backup than Tagovailoa based on their performances in camp.

None of this is really surprising. Fitzpatrick has looked like the starter for a while. The Dolphins have made it clear they’re not going to rush Tagovailoa. Combine the two and you don’t have much of a competition.

Rosen may be the bigger surprise. He made clear that he wants to try to win the starting job. It does not sound like he’s going to beat out Fitzpatrick, but this may be a sign that he’s putting together a solid camp.

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Tua Tagovailoa passes physical, cleared to practice

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Tua Tagovailoa has been cleared to compete for the Miami Dolphins’ starting quarterback job this summer.

On Wednesday, Dolphins head coach Brian Flores told reporters that Tagovailoa has passed his physical with the team and is fully cleared to participate in all football activities. Teams will undergo coronavirus testing and take part in strength and conditioning drills over the next two weeks before taking the practice field.

While veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick is the heavy favorite to start for the Dolphins in Week 1, Flores said there will be an open quarterback competition.

“You always want competition in training camp. Every position is an open competition,” Flores said, via ESPN’s Cameron Wolfe. “Obviously, some players are further ahead than others. We all kind of know and understand that, but, yes, we want competition. There’s no jobs that are just going to be handed out.”

Tagovailoa has been saying for months now that he is 100 percent recovered from the hip surgery he underwent last year, and doctors have confirmed that on multiple occasions. He hasn’t taken part in any on-field workouts with his teammates but was part of the virtual offseason and did some work with Fitzpatrick.

Tagovailoa, who was drafted No. 5 overall by the Dolphins, threw for 7,442 yards, 87 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in three seasons at Alabama. There was speculation his hip injury could be catastrophic, but we have heard nothing but positive reports about his recovery the entire way. Assuming he doesn’t suffer any setbacks, it would be a surprise if we did not see him play at some point in 2020.

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Tua Tagovailoa says he is ‘ready to go’ for NFL training camp

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Tua Tagovailoa is recovering from hip surgery and says he is ready for training camp.

The Miami Dolphins quarterback spoke with USA Today’s Chris Bumbaca for a story that was published on Thursday. Tagovailoa told Bumbaca has the “itch” to play and that he is “ready to go”.

Tagovailoa only played in nine games for Alabama last season before suffering a season-ending hip injury that required surgery. Despite speculation that the injury could be catastrophic, the young quarterback has seemingly recovered well and was drafted No. 5 overall by Miami in April.

Tagovailoa will be competing with Ryan Fitzpatrick for the starting quarterback job, which hasn’t prevented the veteran from providing a mentor role. Tua has been rehabbing at the Dolphins’ facility and has received positive medical reports nearly every step of his recovery.

The 22-year-old passed for 7,442 yards, 87 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in three college seasons.

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Tua Tagovailoa shooting his shot with Shania Twain

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Tua Tagovailoa is proving himself to be a man of culture before even playing a single game in the NFL.

In a video feature this week, the Miami Dolphins quarterback revealed that his favorite guilty pleasure singer was country music icon Shania Twain. He even went so far as to call Twain his celebrity crush.

“Shania, if you watch this, from this moment on, please message me back,” Tagovailoa added.

As luck would have it, Tagovailoa got his response from Twain in a tweet on Sunday, and she seemed very flattered. The former Alabama star promptly responded by shooting his shot and quoting one of Twain’s famous songs.

There may definitely be a bit of an age difference between Tagovailoa (22) and Twain (54), but that is certainly no deterrent for him here. While Twain has popped up in sports circles before in joking contexts, she very much appears to have a genuine fan in the rookie signal caller.

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Tua Tagovailoa said to be ‘all systems go’ after Dolphins examine his hip

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The Miami Dolphins were unable to give Tua Tagovailoa a traditional physical exam prior to the quarterback signing his rookie contract, but they finally got a better look at the former Alabama star this week. By all indications, Tagovailoa’s rehab from hip surgery continues to go swimmingly.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Tagovailoa was granted permission to visit the Dolphins’ team facility this week because his rehab is deemed medically necessary. Doctors and training staff still believe Tagovailoa is “all systems go.”

That meshes with what Tagovailoa’s physical therapist said recently, which is that Tagovailoa’s recovery from hip surgery has been “miraculous.”

Tagovailoa fractured his hip in November. Had it not been for the injury, he may have been the first overall pick in the draft. He also battled ankle injuries at Alabama, which is why the Dolphins took a risk when they selected him. Despite all that, they are reportedly not committed to having him sit out the entire 2020 season. The news surrounding Tagovailoa’s rehab has been nothing but positive.

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Tua Tagovailoa’s physical therapist raves about QB’s recovery

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It certainly sounds like Tua Tagovailoa’s long-term prognosis after his recovery from a hip injury couldn’t be much better.

Tagovailoa fractured his hip in November playing for Alabama, which led to widespread speculation that his draft stock could be seriously impacted. The Miami Dolphins took the plunge anyway, and it looks like it might pay off. Renowned physical therapist Kevin Wilk, who has been working with Tagovailoa, stated that the quarterback’s recovery was nothing short of “miraculous.”

“He’s doing miraculously well,” Wilk said, via Safid Deen of the South Florida Sun Sentinel. “The miraculous part is that he healed so well. The second part is, he’s been so well at getting his strength back, which usually takes a long time after something like this.”

Whether Tagovailoa gets the chance to play in 2020 remains to be seen. However, it certainly sounds like his injury recovery could hardly be going better. That’s great news for him long-term, and it’s fantastic for the Dolphins as well.

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Ex-Patriot thinks Brian Flores will not play Tua Tagovailoa as rookie

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Many are interested in whether Tua Tagovailoa will get the chance to play as a rookie. One former New England Patriot familiar with coach Brian Flores’ methods doesn’t think you should get your hopes up.

Rob Ninkovich, now an ESPN analyst, said on Monday’s edition of “Get Up!” that he does not foresee Flores risking Tagovailoa’s confidence by playing him in 2020.

“I was with Brian Flores for eight years,” Ninkovich said, via Nick Kosko of 247 Sports. “I would not start him right now, immediately. I was with B-Flo for eight years. He’s a very smart coach, a very smart man. He’s not going to try and push him into a position too quickly. If you are forced into a spot where potentially his hip isn’t 100 percent, you want him to be 100 percent healthy. The game of football is very mental. Confidence goes a long way. If you’re pushed out there too soon and you lose a little bit of that vital confidence, it can affect you. I would think Brian Flores has a great plan in place. He’s going to use a veteran quarterback, and hopefully Tua can learn from the veteran quarterback in Ryan Fitzpatrick.”

Indications are that Fitzpatrick will open the season as Miami’s starting quarterback. We’ve heard that the Dolphins might be open to going to Tagovailoa sooner rather than later. Ninkovich seems to think this would be out of character for Flores, but circumstances change.

Ryan Fitzpatrick holding virtual offseason meetings with Tua Tagovailoa

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Ryan Fitzpatrick knows that he will eventually have to cede the Miami Dolphins starting quarterback job to Tua Tagovailoa, and he’s trying to make sure his apprentice is as ready as possible.

Fitzpatrick has been having quarterback Zoom meetings with Tagovailoa, and had nothing but praise for the Dolphins’ top draft pick.

“We’ve been going over some of that stuff, and my mind and the process and how I think through it, right or wrong, just to provide some perspective,” Fitzpatrick said, via Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post. “I’m excited for him to be here. I loved watching him play in college. I think he’s going to be an awesome addition to the team for a long time.”

This kind of mentoring relationship should be immensely helpful for the Dolphins. The 37-year-old Fitzpatrick knows he’s not a long term answer in Miami. He’s willing to go out of his way to ensure that the guy who might be that answer is as prepared as possible.

That said, Fitzpatrick has made it clear that he intends to hold on to his starting job for as long as possible.

Report: Dolphins open to starting Tua Tagovailoa in his rookie season

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The Miami Dolphins have the perfect bridge quarterback on their roster in Ryan Fitzpatrick, and his presence should allow them to be patient with Tua Tagovailoa. But if Tagovailoa shows he is ready for the big stage, the Dolphins are not going to force him to take a redshirt year.

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald was told by a source that Fitzpatrick is likely to begin the 2020 season as the Dolphins’ starter, but the team is not opposed to playing Tagovailoa at some point. Fitzpatrick was impressive last season and has earned the trust of Miami’s coaching staff, but there will obviously be pressure to give Tagovailoa a shot if Fitzpatrick struggles at all.

As Jackson notes, the shortened offseason will work against Tagovailoa. The No. 5 overall pick has only been able to take part in virtual workouts, so there’s no way he will be as prepared as a rookie quarterback would be in a normal offseason.

Tagovailoa had hip surgery just six months ago, so that could also be a factor in whether or not the Dolphins choose to give him playing time. While he appears to be fully recovered, that is another risk to consider.

Fitzpatrick has every intention of fighting for the starting job, but he has also gone out of his way to mentor Tagovailoa already. He should be a great asset for the Dolphins while they try to groom their next franchise quarterback.

Ryan Fitzpatrick not giving up starting job to Tua Tagovailoa without a fight

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Many people view Tua Tagovailoa taking over the Miami Dolphins’ starting quarterback job as an inevitability. Ryan Fitzpatrick is doing what he can to put that likelihood on hold.

Fitzpatrick spoke with reporters on Thursday and said he wouldn’t give up the starting job without a fight.

“I’m as competitive as they come,” Fitzpatrick said, via’s Steve Wyche. “I want to go out there and start. I know there are a lot of forces that go into it from all kinds of different sides. Whether than happens or not, who knows?”

Fitzpatrick threw for 20 touchdowns and 13 interceptions last season, which was pretty impressive for a team that seemingly was built to lose and had few offensive weapons. He is viewed as a bridge to Tagovailoa. The combination of his experience in the system, the inability of young players to have offseason team activities, and Tua’s hip injury recovery all point to Fitzpatrick getting to open the season as Miami’s starter. From there, how long he hangs on to the job depends on how well he plays, because there is a young, first-round pick lurking whom the fans will want to see. The good news is Fitzpatrick is also acting as a great mentor to Tua as well.