Familiarity with Tua/Waddle
They never played a full season together, but the familiarity between Tua Tagovailoa and Calvin Ridley is undoubtedly there.
Ridley was in his final season at Alabama in 2017 when the future Dolphins’ quarterback was just a freshman. Tagovailoa played sparingly in relief of Jalen Hurts, and none of his eight regular season touchdowns ended up in the hands of Ridley. But when Hurts was struggling in the National Championship Game, Nick Saban turned to Tua, who threw the game-tying touchdown pass with under 4 minutes to play. Calvin Ridley was on the receiving end. And while he never played with Jaylen Waddle, the camaraderie between receivers from like schools is apparent.
Speaking of Jaylen Waddle, the seamless chemistry that he enjoyed with Tagovailoa during his rookie season should be more than enough evidence that the Dolphins should pursue Ridley. One of the saving graces of the year was the ability of Miami’s offense to rely on the Alabama connection, and they could have that on both sides of the offense if they chose to go in that direction.