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Tua Tagovailoa shows off arm with long touchdown pass to Tyreek Hill

Tua Tagovailoa celebrates a play

Jan 9, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) reacts after running with the football for a first down against the New England Patriots during the fourth quarter at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill has praised quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s accuracy and overall abilities this offseason. Given the long throw Tagovailoa made during Saturday’s training camp practice, Hill’s praise may have been warranted after all.

Tagovailoa and the Dolphins’ first-team offense appeared to be scrimmaging against the first-team defense. Hill was sent in motion to the left side of the field before the ball was snapped. Tagovailoa dropped back in the pocket and unleashed a 65-yard bomb that was caught for a touchdown by a streaking Hill.

The throw could be a good sign that Tagovailoa’s arm strength has improved this offseason. In May, the Dolphins tweeted a video showing Tagovailoa throwing a pass to Hill, who had to stop and wait for the ball to come to him rather than catch it in stride. The video raised questions over the 24-year-old’s arm strength. But Hill defended his new quarterback over the video, and offered an interesting theory as to why the Dolphins shared the clip in the first place.

In 13 games last season, Tagovailoa completed 263 passes for 2,653 yards, 16 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. His longest completion of the year was, like in Saturday’s video, a 65-yard pass.

Hill is one of the fastest receivers in the NFL, while Tagovailoa is not known for having the strongest arm. The Dolphins could have a difficult time unlocking their offense’s potential if Tagovailoa cannot stretch the field with deep passes. Based on Saturday’s big-time throw, that may not be a concern after all.

Tyreek Hill makes another wild claim about Tua Tagovailoa

Tyreek Hill looks ahead

May 24, 2022; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Tyreek Hill (10) stretches during OTA practice at Baptist Health Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Most people would agree that Tyreek Hill has gone overboard with his praise of Tua Tagovailoa this offseason, but the star wide receiver is not changing his approach.

Hill spoke about Tagovailoa again during a Monday appearance on ESPN’s “First Take.” Bart Scott asked Hill about having an opportunity to pick between being traded to the Miami Dolphins or New York Jets. Tagovailoa said he respects Zach Wilson but wanted to play with “the most accurate quarterback in the NFL.”

That led to a follow-up question about the previous comments Hill made in which he said Tagovailoa is more accurate than Patrick Mahomes. Hill did not back down from that. You can hear his full response below, but beware that he snuck an F-bomb into the interview.

Tagovailoa actually was the most accurate quarterback in the NFL last season on short passes. That is probably what Hill was referring to, though stats like that are a bit misleading.

Tagovailoa probably appreciates all the praise his new teammate has heaped on him, but Hill may be raising expectations to uncomfortable heights. He is determined to pump up his quarterback every time he gets an opportunity. Hill recently said he and Tagovailoa already have a great connection and used a bizarre analogy to prove his point. It will be interesting to see if all of this translates to success on the field.

Tyreek Hill offers theory on infamous Tua Tagovailoa underthrow video

Tua Tagovailoa celebrates a play

Jan 9, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) reacts after running with the football for a first down against the New England Patriots during the fourth quarter at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Tua Tagovailoa was criticized earlier this offseason after the Miami Dolphins shared a video on social media that they believed made the quarterback look good — or did they? According to Tyreek Hill, it was all by design.

Not long after they acquired Hill in a blockbuster trade, the Dolphins shared a hype video on Twitter that showed Tagovailoa uncorking a deep pass to his new wide receiver. The problem is Tagovailoa severely underthrew the speedy Hill (video here).

Hill spoke about the video during the latest episode of his podcast. He said he thinks the Dolphins knew exactly what they were doing by sharing it.

“That’s why I really believe they showed that clip of Tua underthrowing me, just to get people talking,” Hill said. “Because they really know what Tua is capable of, for real. There’s a plan behind everything, bro. That’s the way I look at it.”

You can hear the comments at the 1:39 mark below:

The Dolphins may not have been worried about the reaction, but we highly doubt they intentionally put out a video of their quarterback throwing a bad pass. That would be some next-level thinking by their social media team.

Hill has gone out of his way to praise Tagovailoa in recent weeks. He even used a wild analogy to describe the connection between him and his new quarterback. It will be interesting to see if Hill remains Tagovailoa’s biggest fan throughout the season.

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Tyreek Hill has wild analogy for his connection with Tua Tagovailoa

Tyreek Hill looks ahead

May 24, 2022; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Tyreek Hill (10) stretches during OTA practice at Baptist Health Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Tyreek Hill has had extremely high praise for Tua Tagovailoa from the moment the star wide receiver was traded to the Miami Dolphins, but it has now gotten a bit weird.

In the latest episode of his “It Needed to Be Said” podcast, Hill had a baffling analogy when he was describing how he expects the chemistry to be between him and Tagovailoa. He said he and the quarterback will be like Dennis Rodman and Carmen Electra.

Is that a good thing? Rodman and Electra, a former Playboy model, dated when Rodman was an enforcer for the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls. They got married in a chapel in Las Vegas in 1998 and filed for annulment after just nine days. They reconciled at one point but still ended up getting divorced a little over a year later.

Hill obviously was referring to the good stuff when he compared himself and Tagovailoa to Rodman and Electra, but even that is a bit of a head-scratcher. Remember the stories we heard about the former couple during “The Last Dance” documentary series?

Hill is probably going to catch some grief for those remarks in the locker room.

Tyreek Hill says he received death threats over recent comments

Tyreek Hill looks ahead

May 24, 2022; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Tyreek Hill (10) stretches during OTA practice at Baptist Health Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Tyreek Hill recently started his own podcast, and the star wide receiver immediately made headlines for some surprising remarks he made about Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. According to Hill, some people were beyond irate to hear what he had to say.

On the first episode of his podcast “It Needed to Be Said” last week, Hill criticized the Chiefs for not utilizing him properly. He also said his new quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa, is a more accurate passer than Mahomes. You can see the video of the comments here.

Hill released the second episode of his podcast on Tuesday. He spoke about the reaction to his comments about Mahomes and the Chiefs. The six-time Pro Bowler said he received death threats on multiple platforms.

“Every social media account I own, I got death threats on,” Hill said, via Mark Inabinett of AL.com.

Hill implied last week that the Chiefs tried to use him as a deep threat too much. He said he has been expanding his game to run more intermediate and short routes and that Tagovailoa is a quarterback who can put the ball “right in my chest.” Hill insisted on Tuesday that he was not trying to disrespect Mahomes.

“I just feel like a lot of people overreacted for no reason,” he added. “They really didn’t see what I said. A lot of people are just acting off emotion.”

Mahomes offered his own theory on why Hill said what he said. Hill could probably live without the death threats, but all the publicity is certainly a good thing for his new media venture.

Tyreek Hill makes surprising claim about Patrick Mahomes

Tyreek Hill looks ahead

May 24, 2022; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Tyreek Hill (10) stretches during OTA practice at Baptist Health Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Tyreek Hill’s latest praise of Tua Tagovailoa might come as his most surprising yet.

Hill on Friday debuted a new podcast, “It Needed To Be Said,” and made some surprising claims in it. The Miami Dolphins wide receiver compared his previous quarterback in Kansas City, Patrick Mahomes, to his new one in Tua Tagovailoa. In Hill’s eyes, Tagovailoa is more accurate, and that is the way Hill likes it.

Hill had a lot to say in the podcast, and quite a bit of it was him trying to assert his importance to his quarterbacks. At one point, he remarked that he wanted everyone to remember how much easier he made life for Mahomes.

Hill continues to defend Tagovailoa with increasing frequency. The Miami Dolphins quarterback has been criticized and questioned over his arm strength and whether he will be able to make the most of Hill. Hill, for his part, has repeatedly stated that he has no worries about that.

The comparisons to Mahomes are certainly new, though. One has to wonder if Hill completely buys into his own hype of his quarterback.

Tyreek Hill offers latest endorsement for Tua Tagovailoa

Tyreek Hill looks ahead

May 24, 2022; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Tyreek Hill (10) stretches during OTA practice at Baptist Health Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Tyreek Hill continues to take on a role as Tua Tagovailoa’s top public defender.

Hill has consistently defended Tagovailoa from criticism of the Miami Dolphins quarterback’s arm strength and ability to hit Hill in stride. This time, Hill appeared on NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football” Monday to point out that he has succeeded in the past with quarterbacks who aren’t on Tagovailoa’s level.

“I just want people to understand that I went for 150 with Matt Moore as my QB versus the Minnesota Vikings,” Hill said. “I love Matt Moore, but Tua T is 10 Matt Moores.”

Hill is referencing a game in Week 9 of the 2019 season, when Moore started for the Kansas City Chiefs with Patrick Mahomes out with a dislocated kneecap. Hill did, in fact, catch six passes for 140 yards and a touchdown. He also caught a respectable six passes for 76 yards a week prior to that game against Green Bay with Moore throwing to him.

Hill’s point is certainly well-taken. Still, he’s having to do a lot of PR work for his quarterback. Plus, even he admitted he was initially unsure of his new quarterback, so the questions are somewhat valid.

Tua Tagovailoa takes shot at arm strength critics

Tua Tagovailoa at a press conference

Oct 15, 2021; Ware, United Kingdom; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) at a press conference at the Hanbury Marriott Manor and Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has had enough of the talk about his arm strength, and he fired back at critics after OTAs on Thursday.

Tagovailoa called out “keyboard warriors” for making assumptions about his performance in practices without actually seeing them. He even sounded a confident note by asking reporters if they’d recorded his last throw of the day to Tyreek Hill, which Tagovailoa said was “money.”

“We come out to practice. Everyone else, Twitter warriors, keyboard warriors, whatever you want to call them, they’re not out here practicing with us, working hard,” Tagovailoa said. “I don’t know if you guys recorded that last one to Tyreek (Hill). I don’t know about you, but that looked like money.”

Unfortunately for Tagovailoa, reporters weren’t recording the throw the quarterback described. The Dolphins do not allow reporters to record any part of practice with the exception of stretching and warmups.

Tagovailoa has taken a lot of heat for his arm strength and whether he’ll be able to supply Tyreek Hill with the kind of passes the speedy receiver can take advantage of. The Dolphins have not exactly helped Tagovailoa in that regard, but the receiver has consistently come to Tagovailoa’s defense throughout OTAs.

Tyreek Hill makes admission about his Tua Tagovailoa expectations

Tyreek Hill at a press conference

Jan 27, 2020; Miami, FL, USA; Kansas City Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill during Super Bowl LIV Opening Night at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Questions continue to surround Tua Tagovailoa, particularly over whether he can truly be a franchise quarterback for the Miami Dolphins. Those questions were apparently shared by the team’s blockbuster offseason acquisition.

Wide receiver Tyreek Hill surprisingly admitted that he had pretty low expectations for Tagovailoa upon joining the Dolphins in an offseason trade. However, Hill made clear that the quarterback has won him over, and that Tagovailoa delivers “one of the prettiest balls I’ve ever caught.”

“At first, I thought it was going to be something crazy, the ball going all over the place,” Hill said, via Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. “But Tua actually has probably one of the prettiest balls I’ve ever caught in my life. It’s very catchable. I don’t want to continue because the more I talk, the more it sounds weird. Tua is a very accurate quarterback. That’s all I’m going to say.”

Well, Hill is correct that the more he talks, the more he sounds like he’s trying to sell Tagovailoa to the public. Hill gives off the sense that he’s trying to bolster his quarterback’s confidence with quotes like these, which is not exactly a ringing endorsement.

The perception of Tagovailoa has not been helped by the Dolphins themselves, to be fair. That said, Hill stuck up for the quarterback then as well, so he may well believe this.

Tyreek Hill defends Tua Tagovailoa over viral practice video

Tyreek Hill at a press conference

Jan 27, 2020; Miami, FL, USA; Kansas City Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill during Super Bowl LIV Opening Night at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Tyreek Hill has come to the defense of Tua Tagovailoa over the unflattering practice video the Miami Dolphins shared on social media.

The Dolphins were roasted on social media Wednesday after posting a video of Tagovailoa throwing to Hill in practice. The video appeared to show Tagovailoa targeting Hill with a deep ball that the speedy wide receiver had to hold up for in order to catch.

Hill stuck up for Tagovailoa on Thursday, referencing Allen Iverson’s famous “we talking about practice” quote. Hill also shared other practice video of Tagovailoa hitting various Dolphins receivers seemingly in stride.

If Hill is worried about his quarterback, he’s not saying so publicly. He certainly didn’t have to post a video reel to try to prove the critics wrong.

Tagovailoa was also defended by a Hall of Famer, so Hill is in good company by backing his quarterback. Still, if the Dolphins are going to post video like they did, they should probably pick footage that won’t make people feel the need to defend their quarterback.