The Miami Dolphins are set to enter their first full season with Tua Tagovailoa as the starting quarterback and questions remain as whether or not he can lead the franchise. His spot in NBC Sports analyst Chris Simms' quarterback rankings should definitely scare Dolphins fans.
Tagovailoa comes in ranked by Simms as the 34th-best quarterback in the NFL. He is currently behind rookie signal-callers like Mac Jones and Zach Wilson, and struggling veterans including Andy Dalton and Jared Goff. That is not the sight Miami fans want to see for the team's 2020 first-round pick.
Considering that there are 32 teams in the NFL, Tagovailoa's ranking infers that he shouldn't even be a starting quarterback right now. He has jumped six spots for Simm's rankings last year, but Tagovailoa continues to get some criticism from sports media members across the country.
The 23 year old has the potential to be a game-changing type of player for the Dolphins if he can put it all together. In fact, Tagovailoa led the team to a 6-3 record in his nine starts last season and Miami ended up missing the playoffs by just one game. Overall, he completed 64.1% of his passes for 1,814 yards and 11 touchdowns.
It'll be interesting to see if Tagovailoa can prove the doubters wrong in 2021. The Dolphins head into the season with odds set at +118 to make the playoffs and odds set at +3000 to win the Super Bowl, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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