Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa feels more comfortable -- both with the offense and his surgically repaired hip -- heading into his 2nd season. "Last year, for me, I wasn't as comfortable just in general. I wasn't comfortable calling plays," Tagovailoa said. "I just didn't have the comfortability of checking plays, alerting plays. I just rode with the play, even if I knew it wasn't going to work. I was going to try to make it work. I didn't actually know the playbook, necessarily, really, really good, and that's no one else's fault but my fault. Our playcalls were simple when I was in. I didn't have alerts and checks. Where now, I feel comfortable and I can maneuver my way through these things." The Dolphins have designed an offense this offseason that better suits Tua's skill set, according to ESPN's Cameron Wolfe. Tagovailoa also said that his surgically repaired hip feels "10 times" better than last year. With WRs Will Fuller and Jaylen Waddle bringing much-needed speed to the offense, the pieces are in place for Tua to take a big step forward in 2021.
The Dolphins selected Alabama WR Jaylen Waddle with the 6th overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft. Waddle turned in a super impressive true freshman season back in 2018, hauling in 45 balls for 848 yards and 7 scores on a loaded pass-catching corps. His 848 yards ranked 2nd to only sophomore Jerry Jeudy -- ahead of sophomore Henry Ruggs, sophomore DeVonta Smith and junior Irv Smith. Waddle took a step back as a sophomore, finishing with a 33-560-6 line. But he got off to a monster start this past year, racking up 25 catches for 557 yards and 4 scores over the first 4 games. Waddle actually led DeVonta Smith in yards and matched him in TDs during that span. He went down with a fractured right ankle in game #5, though, and was clearly limited when he returned for the National Championship vs. Ohio State. Waddle is reportedly recovering nicely from that injury and didn’t miss time with any other injuries across his 3 college seasons. The Fins are getting the most explosive WR in this class. Waddle has supersonic speed, routinely blowing by DBs on deep balls and crossers. He also flashes plus contested-catch ability, despite going just 5’9 and 180 pounds. There are shades of Tyreek Hill to his game. No excuses for QB Tua Tagovailoa, who now has former college teammate Waddle plus Will Fuller, DeVante Parker and Mike Gesicki.
Just a few minutes after it was reported that the Dolphins traded down from #3 to #12, we learned that the Fins made another trade -- this time with the Eagles -- to move from #12 back up to #6. Philly is picking up Miami's 2022 1st-rounder to make that move down. Our guess is the Dolphins are targeting 1 of the top rookie WRs -- Ja'Marr Chase or DeVonta Smith -- and figure they'll be able to get 1 at #6. The Eagles, meanwhile, are now less likely to land a QB in the 1st round. That's good news for QB Jalen Hurts' 2021 fantasy value.
The 49ers swung a massive trade for the #3 overall pick in next month's draft, sending the #12 pick, a 2021 3rd-rounder and 1st-rounders in 2022 and 2023 to the Dolphins. The 'Niners clearly have their eyes on a QB. ESPN's Adam Schefter hears that the team doesn't have 1 specific rookie in mind but is "good with the options" that will be available. That'll be some combination of BYU's Zach Wilson, Ohio State's Justin Fields and North Dakota State's Trey Lance. Schefter also reports that San Francisco "has no plans" to trade QB Jimmy Garoppolo -- but his days as the starter are clearly numbered. The Dolphins, meanwhile, are reaffirming their commitment to QB Tua Tagovailoa with this trade.
The Dolphins have promoted Eric Studesville and George Godsey to co-OC positions. Studesville has been Miami's RBs coach for the past 3 seasons; Godsey the TEs coach for the past 2. The only NFL OC experience between the 2 comes from Godsey, who was in the role for the Texans in 2015 and 2016. Those teams ranked 19th and 29th in total yards. It's unclear which guy will call plays for the Fins this coming season.
The Dolphins have fired OC Chan Gailey, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The 69-year-old Gailey was always a puzzling hire and ends up lasting just 1 season in Miami. We'll see who the Fins tab as his replacement, but it's less than ideal that QB Tua Tagovailoa will have another new offense to learn.
Update: ESPN has removed their report that Gailey has been fired. He remains with the team for now. We'll see where this goes.
Update: Gailey has decided to resign, so Miami will be looking for a new OC after all.
Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick tested positive for COVID and is out for Sunday's game vs. the Bills. Miami had already named QB Tua Tagovailoa the starter for that one, but this eliminates the possibility of Fitzpatrick entering if the rookie struggles.
Dolphins HC Brian Flores said after Saturday night's win that QB Tua Tagovailoa will start next weekend's finale vs. the Bills. The rookie struggled for over 3 quarters vs. the Raiders before giving way to QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, who chucked for 182 yards and a score in the comeback. Miami's offense has been better with Fitzpatrick all season, but Flores is staying committed to Tagovailoa. He obviously can't be trusted in Week 17 fantasy lineups.
Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa (thumb) is officially active for today’s game against the Bengals. The rookie has finished 28th, 17th and 16th among QBs in fantasy points in his 3 starts this season. Despite today’s plus matchup, Tua remains just a QB2.
Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa (thumb) is expected to start against the Bengals today, "assuming all goes well in warmups," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Tagovailoa reportedly took most of the 1st-team reps in practice this week. The rookie has been OK for Miami but underwhelming for fantasy football, averaging just 170 yards and 1.7 TDs on 25 pass attempts through 3 full games. Despite the plus matchup vs. Cincinnati, Tua is just a QB2. He's also bad news for WR DeVante Parker, who's averaged 3.8 catches and 40 yards in Tagovailoa's starts vs. 5.3 catches and 63 yards with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa (thumb) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Jets after a limited week of practice. HC Brian Flores said earlier in the week that he might not decide on his starting QB until Sunday. Miami’s offense has been better this season with Ryan Fitzpatrick at the helm.
Dolphins HC Brian Flores said he won't decide until Sunday whether QB Tua Tagovailoa (thumb) can start against the Bengals. He added that the rookie remains the starter if he's 100% healthy. Miami's offense has simply been better with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, though. DeVante Parker owners should certainly be hoping that we get another week of Fitz.
Dolphins QB Tua Tagavailoa (thumb) is inactive for today’s game against the Jets. Ryan Fitzpatrick is back under center for Miami and is a viable Week 12 spot starter in this plus matchup. Fitz posted a 191-3-2 passing line vs. the Jets back in Week 6.
The Dolphins have downgraded QB Tua Tagovailoa from questionable to doubtful for Sunday's game against the Jets. He hurt his left (throwing) thumb in practice this week. His likely absence will push Ryan Fitzpatrick into the starting lineup. He's a more intriguing fantasy option in the high-upside matchup with the Jets than the rookie QB was.
Dolphins QB Tua Tagavailoa (thumb) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Jets. This injury is to his throwing thumb. HC Brian Flores wouldn’t say on Friday whether Tua will be able to play this weekend. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will draw back in if the rookie is out.
Dolphins QB Tua Tagavailoa has been limited in practice this week with an injury to his left (throwing) thumb. "He’s getting treatment, rehabbing, we’ll see how this goes," HC Brian Flores said. "It’s sore. but he’s a tough kid. He’s played through some stuff before ... We’re going to take this one day at a time. .... We all have to be ready to be adjust and be flexible and have contingency plans." QB Ryan Fitzpatrick would draw back in for Miami against the Jets on Sunday if Tagovailoa can't go.
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