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Tua Tagovailoa is the primary backup quarterback in Miami for now

Tua Tagovailoa about to throw a pass at Dolphins training camp
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As he is preparing to see Fox Sports release his documentary, Tua Tagovailoa is the primary backup quarterback for the Miami Dolphins.

According to multiple reports, the Dolphins released Josh Rosen over the weekend and the former first-round pick of the 2018 NFL Draft has signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (practice squad) via Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.

Tagovailoa, a native Hawaiian, was selected at No. 5 overall in April by the Dolphins.

The 6-foot, 217-pounder had a stellar collegiate career at the University of Alabama, despite injuries. He rescued the Crimson Tide to a College Football Playoff National Championship in 2017 and guided the program to a Southeastern Conference title in the following season. Tagovailoa won a host of individual honors in his career — including Maxwell, Walter Camp, SEC Offensive Player of the Year, Sporting News College Football Player of the Year awards.

He was a first-team All-American and first-team All-SEC selection in 2018. Once a five-star, Tagovailoa set the school’s single-season record for passing yards (3,966), touchdown passes (43) and total scores (48). He finished runner-up for the Heisman Trophy that season.

Miami is very excited to have Tagovailoa.

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After a tough first week of training camp, he turned things up in week two and has the Dolphins’ coaching staff looking forward to the playoff runs and a potential Super Bowl.

For now, he stands behind Ryan Fitzpatrick but Tagovailoa’s moment to be the starter could come at any given moment.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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