The Miami Dolphins will be expecting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa to take a major step forward in his second year in the NFL this season. After the former Alabama star struggled to stay consistent during his rookie campaign, the team’s coaching staff will want to see clear improvement this August ahead of Week 1.
According to Dolphins head coach Brian Flores, Tagovailoa’s camp has gotten off to strong start. He explained why after practice on Monday.
“Tua, I think he’s gotten off to a good start,” Flores said in his press conference. “Still a long way to go, still very early. Good command of the offense, his techniques and his QB mechanics, fundamentals. Trying to work those every day and get them where they need to be so that his footwork, his timing, that all kind of plays into his accuracy as a passer. But also ball handling with the backs and things of that nature. So I think he’s off to a solid start. It’s still very early.
“We have a long way to go. We just have to continue to string good days together. That’s always my message to the team — one meeting, one walk-through, one practice, one play at a time. He’s taken that approach and seeing small improvements on a daily basis and hopefully, that continues. It’s not just Tua — it’s Jacoby [Brissett], it’s Reed [Sinnett]. And a lot of players offensively, defensively, and in the kicking game.”
Brian Flores: I think Tua Tagovailoa has gotten off to a good start. https://t.co/qOUoCTKSVH
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) August 2, 2021
The Dolphins haven’t put on pads for practice yet, so Flores is right to temper expectations. While Tagovailoa has had a few good practices, Miami’s head coach still wants to keep his young quarterback’s focus on improving each and every day.
As a rookie, Tagovailoa showed flashes of being a regular NFL starter and posted a 6-3 record as a starter. The 2020 No. 5 overall pick completed 64.1 percent of his passes for 1,814 yards and 18 touchdowns, while throwing five interceptions.
So long as Tagovailoa continues on his current training camp trajectory, the Dolphins should feel good about their prospects this fall.
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