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According to Tua Tagovailoa’s physical therapist Kevin Wilk, Tagovailoa is “doing miraculously well” in his offseason recovery from his hip injury.
Tagovailoa plans to move down to South Florida on Saturday as restrictions ease up and allow for players to begin practicing in their team’s facilities. Wilk praised Tagovailoa’s ability to regain strength during the rehabilitation process that has been ongoing in Birmingham, Alabama during the offseason, stating, “the miraculous part is that he healed so well. The second part is, he’s been so well at getting his strength back, which usually takes a long time after something like this.” And when he’s not working out physically, Tagovailoa is putting in the work mentally to learn the intricacies of an NFL offense. “He’s laser focused. One of the most focused I’ve ever seen anybody, to be honest,” Wilk said. Even though all signs are positive regarding his rehab, Tagovailoa still has a long way to go in order to be ready for the grind of an NFL training camp and season. “He’s in shape now, but he’s not in South Florida football shape,” Wilk said. While Tagovailoa may not be ready to start Week 1 for the Dolphins, he’s likely to take over as the starter for Ryan Fitzpatrick at some point this season as he becomes more comfortable with the offense. Give Tua a long look in the early to middle rounds of dynasty leagues and draft him in the later rounds of redraft leagues this year with the hope that he sees the field sooner rather than later.
According to every NFL head coach Mike Freeman has spoken to, it is a “foregone conclusion” that Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa will beat out veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and start Week 1 against the New England Patriots.
It was reported earlier that the Dolphins coaching staff “wasn’t opposed to” starting Tagovailoa at “some point” during the 2020 season should he earn the role. The narrative seems to be shifting a bit, and fantasy owners are sure to feel the excitement. If the fifth-overall pick out of Alabama gets the opportunity to start right away in Miami, consider him a solid QB2 with obvious QB1 upside due to his dynamic skillset. Fantasy owners will want to wait for more clarity on this situation, but Tagovailoa’s ADP will surely be on the rise if more and more reports speak to him beating out Fitzpatrick for the starting job in Miami.
Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald writes the Dolphins are "not opposed" to Tua Tagovailoa playing as a rookie.
Jackson adds that Ryan Fitzpatrick will likely be the Week 1 starter, particularly with Tagovailoa unable to get in any on-field work with Miami's supporting cast this summer. We would ultimately bet on the former Alabama star seeing some starts in his rookie season. However, the job will likely be Fitzpatrick's for as long as he produces.
2019's fifth overall pick, Tua Tagovailoa, has agreed to a four-year deal worth over $30M with a fifth-year team option.
The quarterback out of Alabama was selected in hopes of being the future of the Dolphins' franchise. While he'll most likely red shirt his first year as a pro, the Dolphins are excited about Tagovailoa's play-making ability and athleticism. Touted preseason as the best quarterback in this year's draft, a combination of injury concerns and a breakout season by Joe Burrow caused him to slide down some rankings, where the Dolphins selected him with the fifth pick. His upside makes Tagovailoa a great target in dynasty leagues, but don't expect to see much from him in the 2020 season as he rehabilitates a litany of injuries.
Pat McAfee is reporting that the Chargers wanted to take Tua Tagovailoa with the sixth overall pick in this year's draft.
This goes against a lot of the pre-draft reports that had Tagovailoa dropping out of the top-10. It appears as though a lot of the speculation and uncertainty regarding his injury history was nothing but smoke and mirrors as he was taken fifth overall by the Dolphins and would have been taken sixth by the Chargers if available. Either situation would have most likely landed Tagovailoa in a red-shirt position his rookie year, but this bodes well for his long-term value as it's becoming obvious that his injury concerns were inflated by the media and front offices hoping for a steal. Tagovailoa will likely sit behind Ryan Fitzpatrick in Miami this year but his sky-high ceiling makes him a great dynasty target.
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