Miami Dolphins Week 2 Observations:
6. Tua might actually be that dude
There was probably no one happier in the locker room and on the flight home than Tua Tagovailoa. The third-year quarterback has begun his career with the weight of the football world on his back and was one of the most scrutinized players in the league during the off-season.
But an incredible showing of fourth-quarter grit, an improbable comeback, and an unbelievable statistical performance has made Tua the talk of the league for the weekend, and finally in a good way. Talking heads are beginning to walk back their original statements about Tagovailoa, confirming that the hype may indeed be real and that he may in fact be the quarterback of the future for the Dolphins.
He has a ways to go and a long season ahead, but aside from the forced throws earlier in the game, the result couldn’t have been much better for Tua.
7. Where in the world is Jaelan Phillips?
One of the stellar draft picks by the Dolphins in the 2021 Draft, Jaelan Phillips was expected to make a leap this year and become the feared pass rusher that he was projected to become. Things haven’t gone well to begin the year.
Phillips struggled with consistency last season, and it looks as though that issue hasn’t been fixed. He finished Sunday’s game with just one tackle, no sacks, and no hits on the QB (granted, no one had a sack or QB hit), a week after logging just one tackle assist in Week 1. If the Dolphins’ defense hopes to regain its footing and become the dominant unit that we saw in spurts last year, Phillips will need to play his part by becoming a contributor.