The Miami Dolphins began their journey towards returning to the promised land with a mandatory minicamp kicking off on Tuesday and mother nature wanted to make sure her presence was felt, especially with Tua Tagovailoa.
The first day of practices was hit with monsoon-like conditions making the start to the new year a bit more complicated than anyone expected. This had major effects on the way the practice ran, most specifically with the play of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
This team has a ton of questions going into the next few months and looking to build off of the disappointing end to last season. Outside of the absence of Xavien Howard, one of the biggest questions marks going into minicamp and eventually training camp is the progression of second-year quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
Entering into his second season and first full offseason, the expectations for the young signal-caller out of Alabama are sky-high. The talent is definitely there (rain-induced interceptions aside) but putting it all together is going to be the key to the Dolphin’s success in 2021.
The team is focused on the growth of Tua Tagovailoa. It seems like Tagovailoa has done all the rights things to have his coach approve of his offseason.
Head coach Brian Flores was asked about his young quarterback’s progression after his injury and with this preparation over the offseason and said that the team is happy with his progression over the offseason, both in regards to play and health.
"He looks healthy and he’s really just trying to improve in all areas and we’re happy and pleased with where he’s at. I think we’re just trying to take things one day at a time. – Brian Flores on Tagovailoa’s health and development"
Based on Flores’ comments, the team seems to be happy with Tagovailoa’s progression this offseason and, most importantly, his health. Both his health and his growth as a quarterback playing at the NFL are keys to this season’s success.
The front office gave Tagovailoa everything that he needs to thrive this season, adding weapons like Will Fuller in free agency and Jaylen Waddle through the draft. Tagovailoa is also going through his first full offseason and that should help him become more comfortable with a new playbook and his new weapons.
If everything clicks and Tagovailoa can develop into the player many think he will be, Miami should have no problem advancing to the playoffs this offseason. Let’s hope mother nature settles down and gives this young corp a few rain-free reps.