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Brian Flores Puts Additional Pressure on Tua Tagovailoa

Adam Taylor McKillop
Brian Flores puts additional pressure of second-year quarterback Tua Tagovailoa to make a big jump in 2021.
Brian Flores puts additional pressure of second-year quarterback Tua Tagovailoa to make a big jump in 2021. / Mark Brown/Getty Images
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As the Miami Dolphins head into the 2021 NFL season, it's finally time for a full season of Tua Tagovailoa under center. The second-year quarterback has already dealt with with his fair share of obstacles early on in his career, including fighting for the starting role last season against Ryan Fitzpatrick. But, Tagovailoa is now the clear-cut starter and the expectations remain high.

This hasn't stopped Dolphins head coach Brian Flores from adding some more pressure to Tagovailoa's plate, in the form of his most recent comments.

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Flores is fully expecting his second-year quarterback to make a big jump this season in terms of his on-field productivity and off-field preparation. "We’ve talked to him about the Year 1 to Year 2 jump... it's a real thing," said Flores.

Tagovailoa started nine of Miami's 16 games last season and performed fairly well for a rookie quarterback. The 2020 No. 5 overall pick threw 11 touchdowns and 1,814 yards while completing better than 64 percent of his passes. His dual-threat capabilities were a point of focus as well, with Tagovailoa adding 3 TDs on the ground and 13 first downs.

With a breakout season, the second-year quarterback has a chance to bring the Dolphins to their first playoff appearance since 2016. And, as it stands, FanDuel Sportsbook is giving Tagovailoa +6000 odds to win the MVP award next season, according to the latest NFL odds.


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Adam Taylor McKillop is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Adam Taylor also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username atmckillop. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel. 

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