MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa won’t ever be Justin Herbert. He isn’t 6-foot-6, 236 kilos, with a cannon for an arm. And that’s OK. Tua does different vital issues higher than Herbert — together with accuracy and timing. However as Thursday’s training camp observe demonstrated, Tagovailoa will in all probability eternally have some limitations when the weather are an element.
Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa slumps late in observe
The warmth wasn’t the difficulty Thursday and possibly by no means will likely be for the Hawaiian. However the wind was. The goalpost flags have been flying, and through workforce drills, Tagovailoa threw straight into the wind.
That wind impacted plenty of his throws, together with his largest completion of camp to date — a 45-yard hookup with Tyreek Hill. The ball fluttered and was considerably underthrown; credit score Hill for adjusting to it and making a play.
Tua later practically had a choose when he threw late throughout the center, with Brandon Jones capable of shut on a ball that didn’t have the mandatory zip.
It was one among two dropped interceptions the Dolphins’ protection had on passes thrown by Tagovailoa, who unofficially accomplished 5 of 9 makes an attempt for 108 yards. Nik Needham outmuscled Preston Williams for inside leverage on an in-breaking route and will have had the choose.
This isn’t meant to dump on Tagovailoa, who had a number of glorious throws Thursday, together with a dart to Hill throughout the center early in observe.
It’s simply an acknowledgment of actuality: The Dolphins have video games in Chicago, Buffalo, and New England through the season’s final two months.
Enjoying within the AFC East means he’ll must cope with dangerous climate for so long as he’s the Dolphins quarterback, and he has but to constantly reveal he can.
Tyreek Hill on Tua Tagovailoa
Talking of Hill, he made headlines once more Thursday by stating that opposing defensive backs will likely be “scared sh–less” when he and teammate Jaylen Waddle line up on the identical facet of the formation.
Hill will likely be a pleasure to cowl all season, largely as a result of he has no back-down. When requested about his current declare that Tagovailoa is probably the most correct passer within the NFL, Hill replied:
“I stated what I stated; Tua was extra correct. However 15 is all the time going to be 15, talking of [Patrick] Mahomes,” Hill added. “He’s nice, arguably one of many best quarterbacks I performed with or on this league. The eye for me and my podcast, I’ll take all of it day.”
Questions at heart stay for the Dolphins
The Dolphins are decided to provide Connor Williams each alternative to turn into their beginning heart. However they’re additionally protecting an open thoughts if the experiment doesn’t work out.
Free agent choices — in the event that they wish to go that route — embody JC Tretter. However with Ryan Jensen’s harm at Buccaneers camp Thursday, Tretter may not be out of labor lengthy.
“You’re simply attempting to do one of the best factor that’s out there to you along with your choices,” Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel stated. “You exhaust all the things. And you then’re sitting there saying, ‘What’s higher? This state of affairs the place you’ve acquired accidents and Connor at heart, and also you’re signing another person off the road, or there’s somebody out of your observe squad, inside.’ You don’t simply black or white that to me. I do know that’s the way in which Chris [Grier] feels, as nicely. The largest factor is you exhaust all eventualities so you may try and do one of the best factor for the Miami Dolphins.”
Williams — who performed guard throughout his time with the Cowboys — had a clear observe Thursday. However his backups — a bunch that was lacking Michael Deiter for undisclosed causes — had as many as three botched quarterback/heart exchanges.
Extra Dolphins coaching camp observations
- Together with Deiter, sort out Terron Armstead, working again Raheem Mostert, and defensive sort out Adam Butler weren’t noticed at observe Thursday.
- With Armstead out, Greg Little acquired an extended look. It didn’t go significantly nicely. He had a false begin and allowed a sack on a play the place he tried to carry Jaelan Phillips.
- Austin Jackson seems to be lean in Yr 3. Now a proper sort out, Jackson is listed at 320, however he seems to be considerably smaller than Robert Hunt, who’s listed at 335.
- Jaylen Waddle had a implausible observe, catching at the very least six passes in workforce drills.