Ryan Fitzpatrick was a consummate professional with the Miami Dolphins last season, beginning the year as the team's starter then relinquishing the reps to promising rookie Tua Tagoavailoa, cheering him on before ultimately taking the role back. It's clear he embraced being a mentor for Tagovailoa, passing on his knowledge to the young QB during their year together.
Now, Tagovailoa will step in as the clear QB1, and Fitzpatrick has little worries about how the former second-round pick will perform in Year 2.
Fitzpatrick sung Tagovailoa's praises once again, highlighting the QB's "elite" accuracy and ability to anticipate throws, which he says is a rare trait for a quarterback at his age. It's not the first time Fitz has gone on the record about his feelings on Tua, with the veteran previously predicting a big year in his second season.
As a 16-year vet, Fitzpatrick has certainly been around the block. He's played behind and in front of various young QBs at several points in his career, so his evaluation of Tagovailoa is noteworthy. His passionate takes should be all the evidence observers need to believe in Tua heading into 2021.
While Tagovailoa had his struggles, that's a given with any inexperienced quarterback. Any overreactions to an up-and-down rookie season seem much too quick to judge, especially given Fitzpatrick's insight.
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