The Miami Dolphins used both veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick and rookie Tua Tagovailoa at quarterback in 2020, as neither truly won the role outright. With Fitzpatrick now a free agent, Miami is ready to hand Tagovailoa the keys to the offense as the team's clear-cut starter in 2021.
The Dolphins' top backup target demonstrates that they're all-in on Tagovailoa.
According to the Miami Herald, journeyman veteran Brian Hoyer is the "leading candidate" to serve as Tua's backup in 2021. This signals that the team is ready to ride out the season with Tagovailoa, through the good and bad.
Hoyer has three starts combined over the past three seasons, which paints him in stark contrast to Fitzpatrick, who's known to take over for struggling young QBs. Instead, Hoyer will likely serve in a mentor role, passing his 12 years of NFL knowledge off to Tagovailoa during the season.
It's hard to see Hoyer starting for the Dolphins if they're serious about being contenders, so he's likely only an option in case of extreme emergency.
With Miami targeting a backup who poses little threat to Tagovailoa, it shows the young QB that the team is committed to him. It's likely the best route to go after the quarterback received anonymous criticism this offseason from his own teammates, although it could put Miami in a tough spot if Tagovailoa struggles during the season.
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