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Tua Tagovailoa named starter in Miami

Tua Tagovailoa

It seems as if the Tua Tagovailoa era has officially started in Miami. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the highly-coveted rookie out of Alabama has been named the starter for the Dolphins over veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Tagovailoa was given his first NFL snaps on Sunday against the New York Jets, as the Dolphins were up 24-0 in the fourth quarter of the divisional matchup. He handed the ball off three times and threw twice for nine yards and a first down.

The drive began near the Dolphins’ 15-yard line, on which Tagovailoa returned after the game to sit and call his family. It was rumored that Miami had a multi-year plan to “Tank for Tua,” which came to fruition in last year’s draft. It almost did not become a reality though, as the Dolphins surprisingly won five games, and had to rely on Tua’s injury history to ensure he fell to the team.

Fitzpatrick has played hot and cold for the team, and with a playoff berth likely not on the horizon, it is clear the Dolphins want to give Tagovailoa some reps. The only concern is his hip, which was badly injured last year, but he is cleared to take full control of the position moving forward.

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