The Dolphins have made a few flashy moves this offseason, namely the Pro Bowl additions of Tyreek Hill and tackle Terron Armstead, but it remains to be seen how those plays fit together. Miami may be guilty of putting the cart before the horse with Hill’s skills worried, as one of the league’s top deep threats could be wasted on Tua Tagovailoa, whose arm strength – or lack thereof – was frequently criticized throughout her two seasons in South Florida.
Maybe it won’t matter. Hill’s speed off the line of scrimmage makes him equally dangerous in the short and middle game, which as we know is Tagovailoa’s bread and butter. Still, this highlight of Tuesday’s practice, which the Dolphins inexplicably shared on their social media accounts, was not seen as particularly encouraging.
Heading into what could be a breakthrough season for the much-maligned 24-year-old, this clip of Tua badly undermining Hill will do little to allay concerns about his perceived difficulty throwing on the field. If Tagovailoa falls short of expectations again in 2022, the Dolphins could easily switch to another quarterback next season, filling that need either in the draft (they hold five picks in the first three rounds, including two first tours) or in free agency (owner Stephen Ross has long coveted Tom Brady, who is entering his walking year with Tampa Bay). Hill will be back and forth after signing a record-breaking, $120 million four-year extension.
Tagovailoa doesn’t need to be a star per se – coach Mike McDaniel managed to schem for an equally limited quarterback in San Francisco last year, riding game manager Jimmy Garoppolo to the championship NFC. But if that wobbler at Hill is Tua’s cap, Miami could be in for a long season.
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