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Tua Tagovailoa


#18 Quarterback

336 Projected Points

ADP: 16.5
Bye: 14
Experience: 1 Yr(s)
Age: 23
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 217
40 Time: 4.64

Injury Predictor Injury Predictor

High Risk

Chance of Injury in 2021


% chance misses at least 2 quarters

Chance of Injury per Game


1- 17√1-% Inj/Season

Projected Games Missed 2021




Ability to produce despire relatively minor injuries. 5 being most durable

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Injury History

Date League Injury Details
Nov 16, 2019 Non-NFL Inguinal Hip Strain Tagovailoa suffered a dislocated right hip in the second quarter vs. Mississippi State and underwent successful surgery. He missed the rest of the season.
Mar 20, 2018 Non-NFL Hand Finger Fracture Tagovailoa suffered an injury to his left throwing hand when he hit his hand on a lineman’s helmet. He underwent surgery
Oct 13, 2018 Non-NFL Knee Patella Sprain Tagovailoa tweaked his knee after sliding on a play in the third quarter during the Missouri game on Oct. 13. He was available for the next game
Nov 10, 2018 Non-NFL Leg Quad Strain Tagovailoa suffered a quad injury late in the third quarter during the game against Mississippi State. He was available for the next game vs. the Citadel
Dec 1, 2018 Non-NFL Pedal Ankle (high) Sprain Grade 3 Tagovailoa suffered a left ankle injury against Georgia in the SEC Championship Game vs. Georgia. He underwent surgery to repair his ankle.
Oct 19, 2019 NFL Pedal Ankle (high) Sprain Grade 3 Tagovailoa injured his right ankle during Alabama's win over Tennessee. He underwent a successful tight-rope procedure and missed one game
Nov 25, 2020 NFL Hand Thumb Sprain Tagovailoa missed the Week 12 game against the Jets as he suffered a thumb injury in practice.

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What You Need to Know:

  • The Dolphins selected Tua 5th overall last year. He was eased into training camp as a result of a dislocated right hip suffered at Alabama in November of ’19.
  • Tua also exited college with a pair of high-ankle sprains — one to each ankle. Both required surgery.
  • Tua made 9 starts as a rookie, with the 1st coming in Week 8. Ryan Fitzpatrick replaced an ineffective Tua in the 2nd half of games at Denver and at Vegas.
  • In 2020, Miami had a low-volume offense (987 plays) with a 56.6% pass rate. The Fins ranked 21st in total plays and 18th in pass rate.
  • A conservative Tagovailoa lacked a strong supporting cast and underwhelmed as a fantasy producer with 200.5 passing yards per game, 1.2 passing TDs per game and 12.1 rushing yards per game.
  • 74.1% of Tua’s passes were charted as on-target, per Pro Football Reference. That ranked 35th among 44 QBs with 100+ attempts.
  • Miami pass catchers combined for a poor 8.8% drop rate alongside Tua.
  • The O-line ranked 21st in Pro Football Focus’ pass block grades. Tua frequently got the ball out quickly, with 58% of his attempts coming out in 2.5 seconds or less. That ranked 7th most among 37 QBs with 150+ dropbacks.
  • Miami’s supporting cast looks much improved. Speed was added with Round 1 pick Jaylen Waddle and free agent Will Fuller. Note: Fuller will miss Week 1 on suspension for PEDs.
  • At Alabama, Tua and Waddle combined for a 74% completion rate and nearly 17 yards per completion.
  • The new WRs join DeVante Parker and Mike Gesicki to form one of the league’s top groups of pass catchers.
  • Miami added to the O-line on draft day with Notre Dame OT/OG Liam Eichenberg. With high picks like Austin Jackson (LT) and Robert Hunt (OG) under contract, there’s high upside youth all along this unit.
  • Miami moved on from 2020 OC Chan Gailey. They replaced him from within co-OCs Eric Studesville and George Godsey. It’s unknown who will call plays, but in May, RB Myles Gaskin said the playbook will be “much different.”
  • In a May interview, Tua admitted the following: “Last year, for me, I wasn’t as comfortable calling plays … 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 my fault."
  • Tua also claimed that he feels more comfortable in the offense and will have the freedom to do more at the line of scrimmage entering year 2.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

Tua failed to meet expectations in a season that saw high-end play from fellow rookies Joe Burrow and Justin Herbert. The Alabama product never tallied more than 2 passing TDs in a game. He finished as a QB1 in just 1 of 9 starts.

The Dolphins didn’t surround Tua with the environment to succeed, though. That’s clearly changed entering year 2.

Now a full season removed from hip surgery, Tua heads into the summer with the starting job to himself and names like Jaylen Waddle, Will Fuller, DeVante Parker and Mike Gesicki filling the depth chart. While this offense doesn’t project for high pass volume, a loaded supporting cast puts Tua in a breakout spot. His low-end QB2 ADP only makes him an easier late-round selection.


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Additional testing on Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa's injured ribs revealed no "major issues," according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. "So it’ll be about pain tolerance and functionality moving forward.," Pelissero adds. We'll need to keep an eye on Tua's practice participation and progress this week. If he can't play vs. the Raiders on Sunday, it'll be Jacoby Brissett under center for Miami.

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The belief is that Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa is dealing with bruised ribs. But he's scheduled for additional testing on Monday to check for any associated cartilage damage, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That could keep Tagovailoa out for "the next couple of games," Rapoport adds. We should get another update on Tua's injury later today.

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Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa has been diagnosed with bruised ribs, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports. X-rays came back negative, and Tua will get an MRI on Monday "He's in a lot of pain," Pelissero adds.

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Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa suffered a rib injury in the 1st quarter of Sunday's game vs. the Bills. He was in obvious pain and took a cart back to the locker room. Tagovailoa is officially questionable to return. QB Jacoby Brissett is in for Miami.

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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.

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