Dolphins Settle on Tua Tagovailoa as Starting QB

Tua Tagovailoa with Alabama Crimson Tide in 2019. Photo by Scott Kinser/CSM/Shutterstock (10413958j)

The Miami Dolphins selected standout quarterback Tua Tagovailoa with the 5th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. After serving as veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick’s backup for the first six games of the season, the team has decided that it’s his turn to take the reins.

Tagovailoa, who made his NFL debut in the fourth quarter of last weekend’s win over the New York Jets, is set to step into the starting position after the team’s Week 7 bye.

The former Alabama standout got to play in the Dolphins’ final possession of the game last week, with Fitzpatrick applauding him on the sideline, and he impressed by completing his first two NFL passes.

The Dolphins, who find themselves right in the hunt of the playoff race at 3-3, look to be making the move to go with Tagovailoa due to his higher upside and the progress that he has made after an abbreviated preseason.

The 2018 AP All-American, who missed the second half of the 2019 college football season after suffering a dislocated and fractured hip, is finally healthy and ready to go.

Tagovailoa will have a tough task in his first game as the starter, as his team will host the 4-2 Los Angeles Rams.