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It is not the Tua Tagovailoa present simply but in South Florida. Regardless of the previous Alabama famous person having clawed his manner again from a devastating hip damage to turn into the fifth-overall choose of the Miami Dolphins, and subsequently being medically cleared to completely take part in coaching camp, Tagovailoa will not take the reins as beginning quarterback when the group takes on the New England Patriots in New England in Week 1. That honor will go to Ryan Fitzpatrick — head coach Brian Flores introduced Monday — probably hitting pause on Tagovailoa’s debut within the NFL.

“Fitz goes to be the starter,” Flores mentioned, through Michael Giardi of NFL Network, happening to notice it “is not groundbreaking information.” 

The latter is true, contemplating it was principally anticipated the Dolphins would ease Tagovailoa into the image, significantly with the shortage of a preseason for him to get his NFL wheels beneath him. For Fitzpatrick, it is one other alternative to show he could be a beginning QB within the league, having carried out so most not too long ago throughout his “Fitzmagic” stretch with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, however he wasn’t Miami’s starter for all of final season. The 37 yr previous went 5-8 on the helm in 2019 and initially misplaced the job to backup Josh Rosen, who the membership traded for final offseason, earlier than regaining it because of poor play by the previous first-round choose. 

Fitzpatrick’s play was not less than admirable although, throwing for 3,529 yards and 20 touchdowns, and in addition main the group in speeding with 243 yards and 4 touchdowns. He helped the Dolphins to a 5-4 end after an 0-7 begin. It was his 13 interceptions that did him no favors, however the Dolphins retained him on the ultimate yr of a two-year deal signed in 2019 that is price upwards of $11 million with $7 million assured. So whereas it is slightly clear Tagovailoa is the long run in South Florida, the current continues to be managed by Fitzpatrick.

At the very least for now. 

The veteran quarterback will earn a hefty $8 million in base wage this season, which is another excuse Flores is not so apt to have him begin the yr on the sidelines. If the Dolphins can get wins out of Fitzpatrick to start the yr, it will purchase time for Tagovailoa to prep for his eventual NFL debut, versus throwing the rookie to the wolves with no preseason below his belt. It is a strong plan if it really works, and one the Patriots in all probability want wasn’t in play. That is as a result of the final time they performed Fitzpatrick at Gillette Stadium, they misplaced the sport and residential area benefit all through the playoffs. 

When he is on, he is on.


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