Miami Dolphins: 3 realistic goals for Tua Tagovailoa in 2022

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Tua Tagovailoa Goal #1: 4,000 passing yards

One of the knocks on Tagovailoa over his first two seasons is his low statistical output, especially given his draft position and how much the game is catered to pass throwers. His 204 yards per game average in 2021 was enough to get him 2,653 total on the season, less than Texans quarterback Davis Mills, who played in the same amount of games.

In order to quiet the critics (and potentially keep his job) Tagovailoa will need to eclipse certain statistical milestones in 2022, and the biggest one is probably yards. In order for the Dolphins to be successful with him under center, he will need to throw for at least 3,500 yards on the year, which is a 233 YPG average over a 15-game season (potential 2 games missed for injury).

But Tua should shoot higher than that. Amassing 4,500 yards on the season would certainly be enough for him to keep his job, and that should be one of his ultimate goals for the year. But as far as a realistic, unbiased goal? 4,000 passing yards should be enough to not only remain as the quarterback of the Miami Dolphins, but probably enough to get the Dolphins to the playoffs, as well.