Tua Tagovailoa is aware of he did not have the most effective exhibiting as an NFL rookie. It led to hypothesis the Miami Dolphins have been nonetheless doubtlessly in on drafting a quarterback atop the primary spherical for a second consecutive 12 months, however they as an alternative doubled down on their perception in Tagovailoa’s potential by reuniting him with former Alabama star vast receiver Jaylen Waddle. And with that, the stress will increase on Tagovailoa to degree up in his second season — one thing he feels is on the horizon. He isn’t the one one carrying that optimism, by the way in which, with longtime Dolphins receiver DeVante Parker being one other.
Parker, the recipient of Tagovailoa’s first-ever NFL landing, not too long ago commented on the progress of the younger quarterback, noting one thing he is seen change in his offseason improvement.
“His mechanics look totally different,” Parker informed Hal Habib of The Palm Seaside Submit. “Footwork, ball out faster, all that.”
That would come into play in an enormous manner on sport days, seeing because it was one of many largest alternatives for enchancment in a rookie season that was promising at occasions, however extra usually an uneven one for Tagovailoa. The previous fifth-overall decide admits he wasn’t snug calling performs in 2020, which contributed to a few of his struggles, however vows that will not be a difficulty in 2021 — for starters.
“Final 12 months, for me, I wasn’t as snug simply generally,” Tagovailoa mentioned as OTAs wrap and the Dolphins start making ready for necessary minicamp, through NFL.com. “I wasn’t snug calling performs. I feel the blokes that we had final 12 months have been phenomenal. I simply did not have the comfortability of checking performs, alerting performs.
“I simply rode with the play even when I knew in a manner that it wasn’t going to work. I used to be going to attempt to make it work. However the firepower we have now this 12 months, I imply, it is good, however you bought to get it out to them, too. In case you’re capable of defend your self, then get it out to them and have them make performs, then you definitely’ll be good.”
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As so far as his surgically repaired hip goes? It is aces, to say the least, and that lends to his confidence going ahead.
“I assume you could possibly say the main target was the glutes to assist help the hip,” Tagovailoa mentioned. “My hip feels 10 occasions higher than it did final 12 months. The boldness degree for myself, I really feel actually assured coming into this second 12 months after that harm two years in the past.”
The Dolphins are banking on Tua 2.0 in 2021, and he seems to be on observe to ship it.