Posted: 3/11/2021 6:26 pm UTC
Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa had an up-and-down rookie season in 2020, but head coach Brian Flores said recently he's excited for Year 2 and downplayed speculation that the Dolphins could be eyeing another young QB in the draft. 'My reaction is I'm excited to work with Tua,' Flores said. '... That's where my interests are, that's where my excitement is. Again like I said, he's a talented player. We, here, believe in developing players at all positions and I think with an offseason, with OTAs, with more reps, more repetitions, like any player, I think they develop and get better.'
Huddle Up: Tua certainly had his peaks and valleys, was replaced by veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick in a couple key situations and averaged only 18.2 fantasy points per outing. He will certainly need to step things up in Year 2 just to get into the fantasy QB2 conversation.
Posted: 2/12/2021 2:54 am UTC
Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa ranked 35th out of 35 qualified quarterbacks in yards per attempt (6.2) when targeting wide receivers this season.
Huddle Up: Injuries to the Miami receiving corps likely didn't help matters, but Tagovailoa has to become more comfortable pushing the ball down the field if he is going to succeed at the NFL level. Despite a lackluster rookie campaign, he should be considered a QB2 with upside heading into 2021.
Posted: 2/10/2021 4:11 am UTC
Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa suffered from a receiving corps that ranked among the worst in the league in both yards after catch and separation gained from opposing defensive backs when they ran routes. Additionally, Miami recorded the sixth-most drops in the league, including 18 on Tagovailoa's 290 pass attempts.
Huddle Up: The Dolphins averaged just 4.4 yards after the catch as a team in 2021 - good for 30th in the league. Tagovailoa also wasn't given much room for error either, as his top two targets (DeVante Parker and Mike Gesicki) posted two of the worst marks in the league in average yards of separation (1.7 and 2.0, respectively). That forced Tagovailoa to throw into tight windows on 20.3 percent of his throws - the third-highest mark of any quarterback who made eight starts. Don't be surprised if last spring's No. 5 overall pick is a lot better in Year 2 if he gets a full offseason and some receiving help in the draft.
Posted: 2/01/2021 6:25 pm UTC
Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa described his rookie season as 'below average' during an interview on Mad Dog Sports Radio on Monday, Feb. 1.
Huddle Up: Fans and fantasy owners alike will probably remember the multiple in-game benchings for Ryan Fitzpatrick the most, but it is far too early for anyone to close the book on him being a potential "franchise quarterback." DeVante Parker was about the only weapon the No. 5 overall pick could count on a regular basis and even he was hurt for more than half of the season. Assuming Miami addresses the receiver position and the offensive line this offseason, Tagovailoa could surprise with a full offseason in 2021.
Posted: 1/05/2021 8:06 pm UTC
Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa will remain the team's starting quarterback, according to general manager Chris Greer, who reiterated Tuesday, Jan. 5, that the organization is 'happy with his development.'
Huddle Up: There are far too many people who have already written off Tagovailoa because he didn't enjoy the same kind of instant success that draft classmates Joe Burrow and Justin Herbert did, which is a shame. Among the many things holding him back was dealing with a revolving door of receivers for most of his nine starts - a group that generally created less separation than any other group in the league. Depending on what the Dolphins add on offense this offseason, Tagovailoa could easily be a high-upside QB2 in 2021.
Posted: 1/01/2021 5:28 pm UTC
Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa practiced again Friday, Jan. 1, and appears to be all clear to play Sunday in Week 17.
Huddle Up: Tua gets a small bump with there being no threat of Ryan Fitzpatrick taking over midway through the game, but he's still a low-end QB2 consideration this week.
Posted: 12/31/2020 6:34 pm UTC
Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa practiced Thursday, Dec. 31, suggesting he has not been deemed a close contact to QB Ryan Fitzpatrick who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Huddle Up: Good news for Miami -- at least for now -- and if Tua starts as scheduled Sunday, he'll be in it for the duration as there's no backup savior plan with Fitzpatrick out. That makes Tagovailoa a low-end QB2 fantasy consideration for the time being.
Posted: 12/27/2020 2:58 pm UTC
Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa will remain the team's starting quarterback, even though he was pulled from Week 16's game against the Las Vegas Raiders, according to head coach Brian Flores.
Huddle Up: 38-year-old Ryan Fitzpatrick came off the bench to lead three consecutive scoring drives in a come-from-behind victory in Week 16, keeping Miami's playoff hopes alive, but the Dolphins will once again turn to the 22-year-old rookie next week against the Buffalo Bills. From a fantasy standpoint, Tagovailoa is still too inconsistent at this stage of his career to be trusted by owners who will be playing in Week 17.
Posted: 12/20/2020 10:53 pm UTC
Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa completed 20-of-26 passes for 145 yards, no touchdowns and one interception in Week 15 against the New England Patriots and he rushed for nine yards and two touchdowns.
Huddle Up: Tua failed to throw a touchdown for the first time in any of his seven starts, but he made up for it with his first two-touchdown rushing game. He has three rushing scores over the past two outings, too. He'll look to keep up the good work in Week 16 against the Las Vegas Raiders on the road.
Posted: 12/20/2020 4:17 pm UTC
Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa (ankle) will start Week 15's game against the New England Patriots. He rolled an ankle in Week 14's game versus the Kansas City Chiefs but did not appear on the final version of the injury report after fully participating in all three of the team's practice sessions during the week.
Huddle Up: Tagovailoa has thrown for 612 yards in his last two starts but has a somewhat challenging matchup against the New England defense, which has allowed the seventh-fewest passing yards in the NFL this season. He should be viewed as a high-end QB2 option in fantasy leagues with 12 or more teams and possesses tremendous upside.