Dolphins HC Brian Flores said Wednesday that QB Tua Tagovailoa (hip) won't be limited for the start of training camp. Tagovailoa declared himself "ready to go" last week -- but it's still encouraging that the team agrees. Flores also refused to name a starting QB on Wednesday, declaring it an open competition between the rookie and veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa declared himself "ready to go" for the start of training camp next week. He spent the offseason rehabbing a serious right hip injury suffered in mid-November. We'll see exactly how much he's able to do when the Fins get on the field. We'd still consider veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick the favorite to be under center come Week 1 -- but Tua figures to take over at some point this season.
The Dolphins selected Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa with the 5th overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. We can’t talk Tua without running through the injury history: a sprained right knee in 2018, a left high-ankle sprain in 2018 that required surgery, a left high-ankle sprain in 2019 that required surgery and the dislocated right hip that ended his college career in November. Insider Michael Lombardi also reported earlier this month that Tagovailoa has broken his left (throwing) wrist twice. Slightly undersized at 6’0 and 217 pounds, his short- and long-term durability is a real concern. When healthy, though, Tagovailoa is 1 of the best pure passers we’ve seen come into the league in recent memory. He took over as the Tide’s starter as a sophomore in 2018 and set school records with 3,966 yards and 43 TDs. He tossed just 6 INTs and registered a 69% completion rate and 11.2 yards per attempt. Tagovailoa was even more efficient this past year, posting a 71% completion rate and 11.3 yards per attempt. We’ll see if he’s healthy enough to get under center for the season opener — or if Miami decides to redshirt him and let QB Ryan Fitzpatrick play out the year. The Dolphins have 4 more 1st-round picks and 4 2nd-round picks between this year and next to build around Tua.