Dolphins not opposed to playing Tua Tagovailoa as a rookie
Even though the Miami Dolphins used the No. 5 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft on Tua Tagovailoa, it remains to be seen if he plays in any capacity in 2020. Despite the uncertainty surrounding his status, the Dolphins aren’t opposed to playing Tagovailoa as a rookie.
As of this moment, veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick appears to be Miami’s starting quarterback heading into Week 1. But according to the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson, the Dolphins aren’t deadset on Fitzpatrick starting the entire season.
Earlier this offseason, the Dolphins chose to part ways with offensive coordinator Chad O’Shea after just one year with the team. Upon O’Shea’s exit, Miami replaced him with Chan Gailey. Fitzpatrick, who’s played with plenty of teams, has previous experience with Gailey when he was with the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets.
Given that, Fitzpatrick understands Gailey’s system and the Dolphins are comfortable with him starting. Not to mention, with an unusual offseason, Tagovailoa is going to be limited in his knowledge of the offense. Plus, he hasn’t had much time to work with his new teammates.
Of course, Tagovailoa is still recovering from a hip injury that cut his final season at Alabama short. Therefore, Miami is probably going to take a cautious approach with the rookie signal-caller.
On the other hand, being that he was the No. 5 pick and his jerseys are flying off the shelves, fans are anxious to see Tagovailoa in action next season. While Fitzpatrick could get the nod to begin the season, Tagovailoa could get some starts under his belt in 2020.