The Miami Dolphins have enough weapons for Tua Tagovailoa to succeed and now, it all rides on his shoulders and that of the offensive coordinators.
When Tua takes the field this off-season for minicamps and OTAs, he will be throwing to DeVante Parker, Will Fuller, Jaylen Waddle, Preston Williams, Mike Gesicki, Robert Foster, and Hunter Long. He will also possibly have Allen Hurns, Albert Wilson, Mack Hollins, and Jakeem Grant.
At running back, he has Myles Gaskin, Malcolm Brown, Salvon Ahmed, and the hybrid duo of Malcolm Perry and Lynn Bowden, Jr.
Truth be told, he may have too many offensive weapons, o.k. not really. The Dolphins are thin at running back and are relying on Gaskin, Brown, and Ahmed to carry the load but the offensive line should be head and shoulders better than they were last year and that too should help Tua and his progression.
Tua is a capable QB who has been working out all off-season in an effort to improve his strength. The Dolphins have been working this off-season to give him better support on that side of the ball. If Tua can take the next step in his development at this level, find the consistency that he had at Alabama, he has everything he needs to take this team into a legit playoff chase.
While fans on social media debate the merits of national media speculation regarding Tua’s future in Miami and whether or not the Dolphins will trade for DeShaun Watson and now Aaron Rodgers, Tua just continues to work at getting better.
This year he will be reunited with his former teammate Jaylen Waddle and there shouldn’t be much of a timing issue to get on the same page. He has a year under his belt with the other receivers in the room and with Gesicki who played better when Ryan Fitzpatrick was on the field last year.
Tua’s biggest issue is trusting his pass-catchers but without an off-season last year, he didn’t get that extra work in, he will this year and that will help him as well. In all, the Dolphins could have added another top-line runner but with an improved offensive line, the Dolphins running back room should be o.k. and with an improved receiver group, the pressure on the running game should decrease. All in all, Tua is set up nicely for the future and needs to take advantage of it.