Tuesday, December 1, 2020

How COVID-19 May Affect Tua Tagovailoa’s Rookie Season

The Miami Dolphins are now back in training camp after one of the craziest NFL off seasons. Fans got to see a first glimpse of Tua Tagovailoa in the Dolphins training facility.

The 2020 NFL Draft was the first to be done virtually. Tagovailoa was the fifth overall pick and he is one of the most exciting draft picks by the Dolphins in recent memory.

In this still image from video provided by the NFL, Tua Tagovailoa shows off the lining of his jacket during the NFL football draft Thursday, April 23, 2020, in Alabaster, Ala. (NFL via AP)

Tua Tagovailoa spent his college career playing in Alabama under former Dolphins head coach Nick Saban and may well have given Joe Burrow a run for his money to be the number one overall pick if it were not for the injury he suffered last season.

Most rookies get to begin training camp alot earlier than they have this year, but the disruption of the pandemic and the cancellation of pre seasons have really disrupted the chance to integrate into the team for the likes of Tagovailoa.

Tua Tagovailoa with his new team mates.

Normally, rookies get the chance to play pre season games and be able to take part in the OTA but neither of these will be happening.

So How Will This Affect Tua Tagovailoa?

The Hawaii born Quarterback was expected to sit behind Ryan Fitzpatrick initially but the longer the Covid restrictions have gone on and with the season somewhat in doubt, will Tua Tagovailoa even get to see the field in 2020?

Tua Tagovailoa and Ryan Fitzpatrick will be fighting for the starting role in Miami.

Tua Tagovailoa will need time to adjust to the play book and learn off others around him but with the lack of time until the season begins, Tua will probably expect to spend longer than normal holding the clipboard.

Tua would have been expected to go into the starting job at some point during the season but the question remains as to when that will be.

Will Miami do what the Chiefs did with Patrick Mahomes and wait until week 17 for Tua Tagovailoa to start or will they do what the Baltimore Ravens did with Lamar Jackson and put Tua in once Fitzpatrick starts underperforming?

Lamar Jackson and Joe Flacco when Jackson was a backup to Flacco.

In conclusion, Tua Tagovailoa would have needed to have been monitored and eased in even if there was no pandemic due to his injury record.

However, now with the pandemic and lack of time to prepare, we should not expect Tua Tagovailoa to be starting for a large portion of the season.

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