Reason #3: Tua Tagovailoa Time
It is finally time to put the naysayers and their criticisms to rest.
Tua Tagovailoa has been one of the most scrutinized players in the league during the off season. His average statistical performance was overshadowed by fellow rookies and young quarterbacks, and questions about whether or not he is the answer to the Dolphins’ QB issues have been on the sports talk show air waves all summer. From ESPN to Dolphins Twitter and everywhere in between, Tua has been the topic of plenty of negative conversations.
The second-year quarterback is ready to shut them up. All reports from the off season were that Tagovailoa was healthier, stronger, and rapidly improving during training camp, with impressive showings on the practice field and in preseason games. He has a new stable of pass-catching weapons that he severely lacked last season, meaning that he’ll be able to explore parts of his game that NFL fans haven’t quite seen yet.
Tagovailoa performed well enough to defeat the Patriots in Week 15 last season, with a respectable 20 for 26 showing with two rushing touchdowns in a 22-12 victory. In looking back at his arsenal of weapons that game, it is a wonder that he even got close to 150 yards through the air.
It is officially Tua Tagovailoa time, but no one has any idea what he is really made of outside of his teammates and the coaching staff. But what we do know is that he will be motivated. The haters have been loud, yes, but all of the talk that surrounded the Deshaun Watson situation may have taken a toll on Tua as well. The motivational bulletin board in Tua’s house must be overflowing.