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Tua Tagovailoa provides some early optimism for Dolphins as training camp looms

Tua Tagovailoa, Dolphins

Former Alabama football star and now Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was looking like a lock to go No. 1 in the 2020 NFL Draft before suffering an unfortunate injury that prematurely ended his college career. Now, almost a year since he was carted off in November, Miami’s fifth overall pick says he’s ready to get back on the field.

Chris Bumbaca of USA Today shared what the 2018 All-American said in a phone interview.

“I’m ready to go” Tagovailoa said, “It’s kind of those things where you start getting the itch to get back out on the field, to be able to compete. It’s going to be a new setting, so that’s what’s even more exciting.”

The ex–Crimson Tide gunslinger has not returned to the field since his injury, around eight months ago.

Tagovailoa and his fellow Dolphins rookies will report to the team facility for COVID-19 testing in Thursday and will be hoping for two negative tests results, which will allow them to join the team for their very first NFL training camp experience. Tua was at the facility earlier due to the NFL giving exemptions to injured players. The Hawaii native as been going back and forth from the Dolphins’ facility trying to prepare himself for the upcoming 2020 season. So far, Tagovailoa has found that the NFL and his teams safety protocols have been up to par.

Tagovailoa will be joined by veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick on the Dolphins’ depth chart but most analyst expect the rookie take over the starting job sooner rather than later.