Posted: 10/20/2020 3:36 pm UTC
Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa was named starting quarterback in Week 8 after the team's bye this week.
Huddle Up: Tagovailoa will face the Los Angeles Rams in what could be a shootout. It could bode well for yardage, but the potential for turnovers looms large. He'll be a QB2 except in good matchups in the short term.
Posted: 10/05/2020 6:23 pm UTC
Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa (hip) has 'checked all the medical boxes,' but head coach Brian Flores told reporters Monday, Oct. 5, that he's not in a hurry to name him the starter.
'If it was my kid and he had a serious injury like that, I wouldn't want his coach to be in a rush to put him in there because of media pressure. ... No one is going to pressure me into doing anything,' Flores said.
Huddle Up: It's a nice sentiment in what is usually a cutthroat business, but Flores hasn't necessarily been forced into a decision before now because Ryan Fitzpatrick played well in Week 2 and Week 3. Such wasn't the case in Week 4. For what it's worth, Flores said he and his coaching staff are in the middle of reviewing the film, although he seemed to indicate Fitzpatrick will remain the starter for now. Tagovailoa remains a strong dynasty asset, but he'll likely be little more than a low-end QB2 in redraft leagues this year.
Posted: 10/04/2020 12:42 pm UTC
Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa (illness) will be active as the backup quarterback for Week 4's game versus the Seattle Seahawks, according to a source. He had been listed as questionable on the injury report due to a non-COVID-19 illness after logging just one limited practice session during the week.
Posted: 9/11/2020 6:24 pm UTC
Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa has been a full participant in practice all week and will be ready and fully available for the team's season opener Sunday, Sept. 13 at New England.
Huddle Up: Ryan Fitzpatrick will start Sunday and is a QB3, but don't be surprised to see Tua soon -- especially if Fitz and the Dolphins are slow getting out of the gate.
Posted: 8/19/2020 8:17 pm UTC
Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa has been 'as advertised' with his accuracy in the first three days of training camp, according to Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald Wednesday, Aug. 19. Jackson said Tagovailoa has been on target but without any wow plays or bad plays.
Huddle Up: Tagovailoa is expected to begin the 2020 season behind QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and will have trouble getting on the field in his rookie season due to the shortened offseason. The fifth-overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft is a top dynasty target, but he shouldn't be drafted in anything other than the deepest redraft leagues.
Posted: 7/29/2020 2:56 pm UTC
Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa (hip) has been cleared to practice without limitations, according to head coach Brian Flores.
Huddle Up: Tagovailoa appears to be on track, or even slightly ahead of schedule, and he'll have the opportunity to impress. He'll need to blow the team away to unseat Ryan Fitzpatrick before the season opener, and he's a risky QB2 in fantasy.
Posted: 7/23/2020 10:21 pm UTC
Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa (hip) declared himself ready for the start of training camp in a phone interview Wednesday, July 22. 'I'd say I'm ready to go,' Tagovailoa said. 'It's kind of those things where you start getting the itch to get back out on the field, to be able to compete. It's going to be a new setting, so that's what's even more exciting.'
Huddle Up: Tagovailoa will likely open the season behind veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick due to the unprecedented offseason, knocking him down the rankings to a low-tier QB2 in redraft leagues. He's still a top target in dynasty and keeper leagues, as he'll benefit from learning from the veteran journeyman.
Posted: 7/15/2020 2:51 pm UTC
Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa (hip) was examined by team doctors during the brief availability period this offseason, but head coach Brian Flores didn't say much about what it means for 2020. 'Yes, he was examined, but again, 'examined' and then doing a two-hour practice and playing in a game - there's a process to all those things,' Flores said. 'So, as far as whether or not he can or can't do something, it would be hard to say.'
Huddle Up: Tagovailoa might not be redshirted, but it's pretty unlikely he sees the field in the first half of the season. Ryan Fitzpatrick has minimal fantasy value, though, and it's probably in leagues that start two QBs.
Posted: 6/16/2020 10:11 pm UTC
Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa (hip) relocated to South Florida over the weekend and began training at the team's Davie facility Monday, June 15. 'He's a little bit ahead as far as where we would like him,' said Kevin Wilk, a renowned physical therapist who had been working with Tagovailoa. 'We're constantly trying to slow him down just a little bit because an athlete like that is just chomping at the bit just begging to get back out there. He wants to do more and more so we have to hold him back. And really, that was from the beginning. He always wanted to do more.'
Huddle Up: This bodes well for Tagovailoa's potential Week 1 status, as he gets set to enter a battle with veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick in training camp and preseason for the No. 1 role. While he's not yet able to work with the Dolphins' coaching staff, working with trainers can at least help him get up to NFL shape.
Posted: 6/14/2020 10:06 pm UTC
Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa is doing 'miraculously well' as he continues his recovery from the fractured hip he suffered late last season, according to his Alabama-based physical therapist Kevin Wilk.
'He's doing miraculously well. The miraculous part is that he healed so well. The second part is, he's been (doing so good at) getting his strength back, which usually takes a long time after something like this. He's laser-focused. One of the most focused I've ever seen, to be honest,' Wilk said.
Huddle Up: Tagovailoa reportedly spends about 3 1/2 hours rehabbing and strengthening his hip, ankles and left shoulders - all areas that he injured at Alabama - during a typical workout. Reports of his recovery have been extremely optimistic for several months, so he should be ready for camp. Once there, he'll get his shot to overtake Ryan Fitzpatrick. Regardless of whether he grabs the starting gig right away or late in the season, Tagovailoa should be treated as a middling QB2 in fantasy in 2020.