One issue that contributed to the Miami Dolphins‘ determination to call rookie Tua Tagovailoa as their beginning quarterback was the truth that Miami owns the Houston Texans‘ first- and second-round picks in subsequent 12 months’s NFL draft, league sources advised ESPN.
The Dolphins must know what they’ve in Tagovailoa as they enter the 2021 draft with two picks in every of the primary two rounds, courtesy of their commerce final 12 months that despatched left sort out Laremy Tunsil to the Texans.
“That is positively part of it,” one supply near the Dolphins’ considering advised ESPN, concerning Miami’s current determination to interchange well-liked veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick with Tagovailoa. “Whoever advised you that’s proper.”
These further picks from Houston, which each might probably be excessive alternatives inside their respective rounds, made it as necessary as ever for Miami to get a learn on Tagovailoa. Houston is one in all 5 NFL groups with just one win this season, and people groups are vying with the league’s solely winless group, the New York Jets, for the No. 1 decide.
As a result of they’ve Houston’s first-round decide, the Dolphins could possibly be in prime place for one of many draft’s top-rated quarterbacks, be it Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, Ohio State’s Justin Fields or North Dakota’s Trey Lance.
Miami turned to Tagovailoa throughout its bye week, with 10 extra video games left on this season, at a time when Fitzpatrick had been shining. Everybody knew Tagovailoa finally would get his flip; the shock was that it got here when it did, after Week 6.
Tagovailoa will make his first profession begin Sunday towards the Los Angeles Rams. The previous Alabama star made his NFL debut on Oct. 18 within the closing minutes of the Dolphins’ victory over the Jets, finishing each of his go makes an attempt.
Dolphins coach Brian Flores, when explaining the organization’s reasons for the quarterback change, cited Tagovailoa’s enchancment in apply and readiness in addition to an total feeling throughout the group that it was time.
“We really feel like by means of apply conferences and walk-throughs that he is prepared, and that is how we’re going transferring ahead,” Flores stated on Oct. 21. “[Fitzpatrick] has executed a terrific job. … It is not a simple determination for me or us as a company, however we felt like for the group now and transferring ahead, that is the transfer we would have liked to make.”