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Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel was full of praise for Tua Tagovailoa after the quarterback was named one of the team’s captains for the first time in his career.

The Dolphins allowed their players to vote on their team captains using a point system, with Tagovailoa being the “resounding highest point winner,” according to McDaniel.

“It speaks volumes to where he is with the team and their belief in him,” McDaniel said Thursday to reporters, including NFL Network’s Cameron Wolfe.

The 24-year-old is entering a pivotal third year with the Dolphins. A top-five pick in 2020, Tagovailoa’s play has been shaky since entering the league. He threw 16 touchdowns to 10 interceptions in 2021 but averaged only 6.8 yards per attempt.

Tagovailoa has earned praise this offseason from his teammates, most notably new wide receiver Tyreek Hill. The former Kansas City Chiefs star previously said the quarterback “has one of the prettiest balls I’ve ever caught.”

Miami’s six other captains are Hill, Terron ArmsteadXavien HowardJevon HollandElandon Roberts, and Christian Wilkins.

The impact of Tuesday’s news regarding the NFL’s punishment of the Dolphins for tampering with Tom Brady wasn’t limited to just the Miami front office.

Dolphins starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa also has had to deal with the reaction to the news.

An independent investigation, led by by former U.S Attorney and S.E.C. chairperson Mary Jo White, into whether the organization violated league policies pertaining to the integrity of the game determined that Miami engaged in “impermissible communications” with Brady in 2019-2020 when he was with the Patriots. The investigation also concluded the Dolphins had “impermissible communications” again after the 2021 season when Brady was under contract with the Buccaneers.

The team was also found to have impermissible contact with former Saints coach Sean Payton representatives when Miami attempted to gauge his interest in becoming the Dolphins’ coach early this year.

A hypothetical pairing of Brady and Payton would have rocked the NFL landscape. Instead, it didn’t materialize. Tagovailoa remains as QB1 in Miami, while the organization forfeited two draft picks and owner Stephen Ross was suspended until Oct. 17 following White’s investigation.

The quarterback was asked about the situation on Wednesday.

“I would say everyone heard about it yesterday when we went into the locker room, seen it on the TV,” Tagovailoa said. “For me, I have no idea about all the details other than what was shown on TV with the $1.5 million fine and then something happening with Brady. I mean, I don’t know all the details. I don’t even know what happened. But I got to talk to a couple of the guys to kind of find out what was going on, and everyone’s wondering the same thing. So not too sure.”

The Dolphins’ pursuit of Brady effectively indicated the team wasn’t satisfied with its existing situation at the position, which was, of course, headlined by Tagovailoa.

It’s no secret that Tagovailoa has yet to reach the expectation set for him by the fifth-overall pick the Dolphins spent on him in the 2020 NFL Draft. He’s struggled with injuries and consistency, leading to some uncertainty as the window for development continues to shorten in today’s NFL.

Evidently, that uncertainty was enough for the Dolphins to circle back to Brady after last season.

Tagovailoa has certainly been through enough when it comes to public perception of his standing with the Dolphins. For the first nine weeks of the 2021, Tagovailoa was forced to tune out constant rumblings about Miami’s rumored desire to trade for then-Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson. He later appeared relieved when the trade deadline passed and Watson remained in Houston.

Now, he’s using those same skills to ignore the noise surrounding team’s failed pursuit of another star quarterback.

“I remember I came in in 2020, so whatever happened in 2019, I can’t even speak on that. I was here in 2020, and I’m still here, and I’m blessed to be here,” Tagovailoa said. “If it has to do with support from the team, I think the team’s all-in with me and all the guys that we have now.”

If anyone is good at keeping his focus on internal matters, it’s Tagovailoa. Miami has equipped him with upgraded tools for success in 2022, and he sparked some positive buzz over the weekend with a highlight-reel touchdown pass to one of those new arrivals: receiver Tyreek Hill.

Tagovailoa will again need his earmuffs, at least for the next few weeks. Once the season arrives, he’ll be able to speak with what matters most: his on-field performance.

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill has full confidence in Tua Tagovailoa but believes the quarterback is entering a critical season.

Hill was direct when addressing the heightened expectations surrounding the signal-caller ahead of his third year.

“You know, in the NFL, they only give you two-to-three years to be a successful quarterback, especially if you’re a first-round draft pick,” Hill said on his “It Needed To Be Said” podcast. “If you don’t succeed after those years, it’s, ‘Kick rocks, man.'”

Hill added, “It’s basically his last year to show people what he’s got.”

Tagovailoa led the Dolphins to a 13-8 record through two seasons. He passed for 2,653 yards, 16 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions in 2021.

The 24-year-old has been scrutinized for his arm strength. He’s averaging 6.6 yards per attempt and 194.2 yards gained per game.

However, Tagovailoa’s pass-catchers continue to come to his defense. Hill is confident that detractors will have to apologize when they see what the young passer can do.

“There’s gonna be a lot of people taking their words back,” Hill said.

“I’m going to be happier when everybody else gets to see what I already know,” added Dolphins wideout Jaylen Waddle.

Hill also pointed out the similarities between the Kansas City Chiefs’ 2019 roster and the Dolphins’ current group. He noted both teams share common traits of being “explosive” and “dynamic” on offense.

The Dolphins are set to usher in a new era under head coach Mike McDaniel. The AFC East club made several significant roster additions, including trading for Hill and signing veterans Terron ArmsteadConnor Williams, and Raheem Mostert.

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and wide receiver Tyreek Hill have been criticized for a perceived lack of on-field chemistry this offseason, but the two stars don’t think it will be an issue when the season begins.

Hill and Tagovailoa joked about their chemistry on the latest episode of the wideout’s “It Needed To Be Said” podcast, citing the NBA’s dynastic 1990s Chicago Bulls.

“(Dolphins fans) should expect a Dennis Rodman and a Carmen Electra connection,” Hill said, jokingly referring to the nine-day marriage between the former player and model.

Tagovailoa then suggested he be Michael Jordan instead.

“I’ve been underthrowing him so many times that he’s got people talking about how I can’t throw the deep ball,” Tagovailoa jokingly added, in reference to a viral video of him underthrowing Hill at practice.

Hill has no doubt that he’ll soon be on the same page as his quarterback.

“It’s all good,” he said. “I just feel that our chemistry will get there. Look, it’s going to be about 2 a.m. one night and you’re gonna wake up and walk in your kitchen and I’m going to be washing your dishes. That’s how good our chemistry is going to be.”

The Dolphins acquired Hill from the Kansas City Chiefs this year in a blockbuster trade and then signed him to a record five-year deal that will pay the pass-catcher $30 million annually. Hill, who’s earned a Pro Bowl nod in every season since entering the NFL in 2016, racked up 198 receptions for 2,515 yards and 24 touchdowns over the last two campaigns.

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill said that he received death threats after he said that his new quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa, was a more accurate passer than his former teammate Patrick Mahomes.

“I got death threats,” Hill said on the latest episode of his “It Needed To Be Said” podcast. “Every social media account I own, I got death threats on.”

Hill said the observation wasn’t meant as a slight toward Mahomes but was intended to build up Tagovailoa.

On the first episode of Hill’s podcast, he said he’d been frustrated with the Chiefs. Mahomes later said he was “surprised a little” by Hill’s comments about the team, but the former MVP didn’t take issue with the comparison to Tagovailoa.

“We all know Patrick Mahomes is great,” Hill said. “We know that. But right now, I’m going into a new season with a new quarterback who’s trying to head in the same direction as Patrick and do great things and lead this team to a Super Bowl championship – who’s also great, in my opinion.”

Hill spent six seasons with the Chiefs’ key member during their Super Bowl LIV title run. He racked up 479 receptions, 6,630 yards, and 56 touchdowns during his Kansas City tenure.

The Chiefs traded Hill to the Dolphins in a blockbuster deal that came with a four-year, $120-million contract extension, making him the highest-paid wideout in the league.

The three-time All-Pro said the trade to Miami was difficult because he enjoyed his time with the Chiefs. “It’s tough leaving a situation like we had in Kansas City,” he said.

Hill called Mahomes arguably one of the best quarterbacks in the league and rated the pair as one of the top-15 QB-WR connections of all time. He also said he views Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce and head coach Andy Reid as among the best at their respective positions.

New Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill doesn’t think the criticism quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has received for his arm strength is fair.

“Tua actually has one of the prettiest balls I’ve ever caught … in my life,” Hill said Tuesday, according to Cameron Wolfe of NFL Network. “Tua is a very accurate QB.”

The 28-year-old added: “I’m very confident in my QB … The sky is the limit for that guy. Heck of a talent. Has crazy arm strength, arm talent.”

Hill, arguably the NFL’s top big-play weapon, joined Miami this offseason in a trade from the Kansas City Chiefs after catching passes from Patrick Mahomes over the last four seasons. The six-time Pro Bowl wideout will now team up with Tagovailoa, who has struggled with deep throws since entering the league.

Tagovailoa averaged just 7 air yards per pass attempt last season, the third-fewest among starting quarterbacks, according to Next Gen Stats.

The 24-year-old also recorded just 2.3 attempts of at least 20 air yards per game in 13 appearances in 2021.

This isn’t the first time Hill has come to Tagovailoa’s defense; he recently posted a video of several solid throws by the quarterback after the Dolphins tweeted footage of Tagovailoa underthrowing him at practice earlier in May.

Tagovailoa has appeared in only 23 games since Miami drafted him fifth overall in 2020. The Alabama product completed 67.8% of his passes for 2,653 yards and 16 touchdowns against 10 interceptions in 2021.

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is embracing heightened expectations after the offense added several key players this offseason.

“I think pressure is everywhere, especially in any professional industry,” Tagovailoa said on “The Fish Tank” podcast, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. “You’re either going to make use of this opportunity with the guys we have, or you’re not. That’s what it is. I’m looking forward to making use of this opportunity.”

Miami’s roster has undergone a significant transformation since the end of the 2021 season. The Dolphins added veteran talents such as Tyreek HillTerron Armstead, and Cedrick Wilson.

The fifth overall pick in the 2020 draft described the acquisitions as “exciting” but acknowledged that it’s going to take work from the entire group to make those moves successful.

“We’ve got to do the most important thing why we’re here, which is just (to) win games,” Tagovailoa said.

Tagovailoa has led the Dolphins to a 13-8 record as a starter the past two seasons, but his inconsistent play and injuries have been a concern for the franchise. The 24-year-old threw for 2,653 yards, 16 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions with a 67.8% completion rate in 2021.

The Dolphins, who were once linked to Deshaun Watson, have backed Tagovailoa as their starting quarterback entering his third season. One of his biggest endorsements came from new head coach Mike McDaniel, who Miami hired in February to replace Brian Flores.

“I’m really excited moving forward because (Tua) has some skills that I think are untapped,” McDaniel said last month.

Tagovailoa complimented his new coach as well, saying he’s “a person you can relate to in a lot of things,” per Jackson.

With a brand-new supporting cast, the Dolphins will seek to improve on last season’s 9-8 record and third-place finish in the AFC East.

New Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel is apparently a big believer in Tua Tagovailoa.

“I’m really excited moving forward because (Tua) has some skills that I think are untapped,” McDaniel said Thursday on “Good Morning Football.”

He added: “I think it’s important that you empower the quarterback with the rest of the players around him and the scheme that you bring forth. So, I think his best days are in front of him, and that’s a really cool piece of the process to be part of as a coach.”

The Dolphins were reportedly looking for a head coach who could maximize Tagovailoa’s talents following the firing of Brian Flores. A reported deteriorating relationship between the quarterback and Flores played a part in the latter’s dismissal.

McDaniel explained that the organization’s confidence in Tagovailoa should pay dividends moving forward.

“You could tell that it’s empowering to (Tua) that there’s people that believe in him,” he said.

Tagovailoa has posted a 13-8 record as a starter over his first two seasons but has struggled with consistency and injuries. He threw for 16 touchdowns to 10 interceptions in 2021 while averaging just 6.8 yards per attempt.

The Miami Dolphins intend to move forward with Tua Tagovailoa as their starting quarterback for the 2022 season, sources told NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

The Dolphins, who fired former head coach Brian Flores after the 2021 campaign, are hoping to replace Flores with someone who can maximize Tagovailoa’s talent, Rapoport adds.

With Flores gone, the chances of Miami pursuing or acquiring Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson have greatly diminished, if not disappeared completely, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The Dolphins showed interest in acquiring Watson throughout last offseason and ahead of the 2021 trade deadline, but a move never materialized. Flores was interested in acquiring Watson, while team owner Stephen Ross and other members of the franchise were not, reports Schefter.

Miami reportedly dismissed Flores due to his strained relationships with Tagovailoa and general manager Chris Grier.

Tagovailoa, 23, finished the 2021 campaign with 16 touchdowns to 10 interceptions. The fifth overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft won six of his last seven starts to help the Dolphins finish 9-8.

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa isn’t paying attention to the grapevine ahead of what could be a career-altering trade deadline.

“Honestly, I’m not even worried about that,” he told reporters Wednesday. “I don’t even know when the trade deadline is.”

The Dolphins are rumored to be pursuing a trade for Deshaun Watson. The Houston Texans star faces 22 lawsuits and 10 criminal complaints from women who are accusing him of sexual assault or misconduct, but NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday the league doesn’t have enough information to remove Watson’s eligibility.

Miami drafted Tagovailoa fifth overall in 2020 but is still waiting for the former Alabama star to deliver on his potential. The 23-year-old could be shipped to another team if the Dolphins pull the trigger on a Watson deal.

Dolphins head coach Brian Flores has repeatedly backed Tagovailoa publicly, though he hasn’t said the franchise isn’t interested in Watson.

“Honestly, I don’t base my emotions off of who says anything about me or who is saying what,” Tagovailoa said. “All I can do is my job and do it to the best of my capabilities. Everything else, I mean it’s out of my control. But I have the utmost confidence and trust that I am the quarterback of this team, just off of conversations that I’ve had with Flo and whatnot. That obviously stays between us. But yeah, I feel very confident that I’m the person.”

The Dolphins have lost three of the four games Tagovailoa has started this season and are 1-6 overall. He’s thrown for 835 yards with seven touchdowns and four interceptions over his four appearances.

The NFL trade deadline is Nov. 2.