Less than a week ago, over 200 players were drafted into the NFL, earning contracts that will change their lives forever. One of the more notable selections was quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, going fifth overall to the Miami Dolphins. Typically, players drafted in the top-five are expected to be day one starters. This is not in the case of Tua, and the odds he starts right out the gate continue to get worse.
Following the draft, Tua was the +200 underdog to be the Week 1 starting quarterback for the Dolphins, while veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick was expected to lead the team early on (-270).
After a couple of days have passed, the odds have continued to shift in their respective directions, with Tua now the +370 underdog to be the Week 1 starting quarterback, while Fitzpatrick is the -550 favorite, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Questions around Tua mostly revolve around if the Alabama product is truly healthy. If so, how long can he stay this way, and if not, how long until he is? Along with the season-ending hip injury, which required surgery, Tua had battled numerous injuries in college. The Dolphins will want to make sure their prized rookie is 100 percent healthy before throwing him out there.
Miami may also want to see how their offensive line performs early in the season. Fitzpatrick was sacked 40 times last season (T-No. 9 in NFL). If the line is giving up pressure early on, the Dolphins have little incentive to throw their injury-prone rookie out there.
Time will only tell who will be the Week 1 starting quarterback for the Dolphins. Most of the questions surrounding the situation are about the health of Tua, and we will get those answers in training camp and the preseason.
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