After missing the 2020 NFL playoffs despite finishing with a 10-6 record, the Miami Dolphins are looking to have a more successful campaign in 2021. Any success that they have will rely on how second-year quarterback Tua Tagovailoa performs. While he started slowly in his rookie year and had to first win the No. 1 QB job, he continued to improve as the season went on and now is hoping to take it to the next level in 2021.
ESPN's Jeff Darlington reported on Tuesday that Tagovailoa has been making it a goal to push himself during Miami's minicamp. One way that the young signal-caller has been doing that is by being more aggressive with the ball.
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Tagovailoa's new strategy resulted in him throwing five interceptions during Tuesday's minicamp, according to multiple reports. When asked about it, he said that he'd rather make mistakes now while forcing the ball into difficult situations rather than for it to happen during the regular season.
The 23-year-old quarterback split starting duties with NFL veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick last season, but still wound up playing in 10 games. During that span, Tagovailoa threw for 1,814 passing yards and 11 touchdowns to 5 interceptions. He also managed to record 3 rushing touchdowns to showcase his versatility.
When it comes to making the playoffs in 2021, it could go down to the wire for the Dolphins. FanDuel Sportsbook is currently favoring them to miss the playoffs at -144 odds. Considering how the Dolphins odds of making the playoffs sit at +118, it's not a long-shot by any stretch of the imagination. It just means that Tagovailoa will need to be at the top of his game.
Now, only time will tell if his new aggressive strategy will pay off.
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