Tua Tagovailoa, after being drafted No.5 overall in 2020, had to wait his turn to start as a quarterback for the Dolphins. But he believes he was supposed to sit behind Ryan Fitzpatrick for seven games – and that he will be a very helpless second-year QB because of it.
“I firmly believe that everything happens for a reason,” Tagovailoa told Sporting News. “Everything went as it’s supposed to be. I learned a lot from Fitzpatrick – he’s a great guy. At the same time, I also had the opportunity to get into the game, to have playing time “
As Fitzpatrick heads to free agency, Miami is unlikely to bring back the well-traveled veteran to reconnect with Tagovailoa. Even though this was only a season, Tagovailoa hopes to continue to benefit from this strong relationship.
“It was big – very big – to have Ryan. A lot of guys who have been very successful in the NFL have been mentored by guys before them. Ryan has been in the league for 16 years. He knows the ins, the outs, the staff, in terms of the guys we play against. He helped try to simplify things. He has been a great asset in helping me become a better football player.
Tagovailoa won’t be the only NFL starting quarterback in Alabama in 2021. He will be joined by Jalen Hurts of the Eagles after Philadelphia traded Carson Wentz to Indianapolis. Tagovailoa, who took over from Hurts as Crimson Tide starter in 2018, hopes he can thrive and become pros together.
“It’s something pretty cool. Me and Jalen come back to Alabama. To see him have success there and later in Oklahoma, just see that growth and now he’s also playing in the NFL, “Tagovailoa said.” I am really happy for him and wish him all the best. “
The Dolphins’ biggest immediate task is figuring out how to give Tagovailoa a stronger supporting cast for its second season. They could use upgrades to both the offensive tackle and the wide receiver. When Miami picks third place overall, former Alabama players DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle will be among the best players available.
While Tagovailoa would love to take on Smith or Waddle again in the NFL, he has complete faith in coach Brian Flores and general manager Chris Grier to find the best fit for his current squad.
“It would be a lot of racing to reconnect with a former teammate. It also helps them have that connection already before they’re drafted, “he said.” If we end up getting one, cool. But it’s a decision coach Flores and Chris will have to make, and it’s a tough decision for them. I’m glad I didn’t make this decision.
Tagovailoa is well past recovery from a hip injury that had limited him prior to his selection by the Dolphins in the 2020 Draft. He is now enjoying a full, near-par year as an NFL QB.
“It feels good because I’ve never had an offseason. Now, being able to focus on strength, speed, and my accuracy – the things I need to improve myself with – that really helps me a lot.
Tagovailoa spoke to Sporting News, representing Muscle Milk and their special “Tua Days” campaign. It’s not close to training camp just yet, but the up-and-coming Dolphins passer treats March like the heat of pre-season preparations.
“It’s always ‘Tua Days’ for me. It’s almost three days. I wake up in the morning, do a workout from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., then have a field workout at 9 a.m. lunch, I get my work in the cinema room. “
“Muscle Milk has been a big part of my diet. That’s why I worked with them, to boost recovery and daily fitness. It’s a natural partnership with a product I’ve always had.”
Muscle Milk partners with Tagovailoa to promote the second ‘workout’ as the most important time for recovery. Protein is essential for recovery from a grueling training program. This is why Muscle Milk is promoting 20% off certain products on Amazon until March 7 with the code 20TUADAYS so that consumers can purchase Muscle Milk for their own “Tua Days” workouts.