Through his up-and-down rookie season with the Dolphins in 2020, Tua Tagovailoa didn’t exactly look comfortable as a starting quarterback in the NFL.
But with a full year of experience and an in-person training camp now under his belt, the former No. 5 overall pick is starting to come into his own in Miami.
Under new co-offensive coordinators Eric Studesville and George Godsey, Tua is ready to take on Year 2.
In a recent training camp press conference, the Dolphins QB1 said he’s “very comfortable” with the offense. He attributed this comfort to this year’s ability to meet in person for offseason workouts and training camp — something he didn’t get to its full extent prior to his rookie season.
“Being able to get with the guys throughout the offseason has helped me tremendously,” Tua said, per Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.
Through 10 games and nine starts in 2020 (splitting time with Ryan Fitzpatrick), Tua logged a 6-3 record behind 1,814 yards, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions.
While last year’s campaign looked shaky at times, people around the Dolphins organization have recognized significant improvement in the young quarterback’s game this offseason.
Tua isn’t the only one to acknowledge his increasing levels of comfort and confidence.
“He’s letting it fly this year,” cornerback Nik Needham said, per Jackson. “He was last year, but he looks a little more comfortable back there, making some tough throws, putting it in the hole, leading the receivers.”
Tua and the Dolphins will kick off their preseason schedule with an Aug. 14 matchup against the Chicago Bears.
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