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Tua Tagovailoa will be healthier and better in year two for Miami Dolphins

Tua Tagovailoa throws a pass in warmups before facing LA Chargers
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The Miami Dolphins want to commit to Tua Tagovailoa and he wants to be better too.

Before starting his second year as an NFL quarterback, the native Hawaiian is training to be stronger and healthier for the team.

Tagovailoa is working on generating more mobility, as well as developing the confidence to distribute passes faster.

He finished his rookie season with 1,814 passing yards, 11 touchdowns, and five interceptions.

The former University of Alabama signal-caller did have two 300-yard performances in 2020 and had some success as a starter. Brian Flores and the Dolphins like what it has in Tagovailoa, but it needs to draft him some help. As its No. 5 pick of the 2020 NFL Draft continues to work, Miami has two first-round picks in the upcoming draft. Fans of the Crimson Tide and Dolphins want to see the franchise select DeVonta Smith and Najee Harris with its choices. All three players delivered Alabama to a College Football Playoff National Championship in 2017, and Tagovailoa knows the abilities of Smith and Harris. Regardless of what happens in April, Tagovailoa wants to assure his team that it made the right decision. He is preparing to take the league by storm in the fall as a sophomore.

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When he suffered the hip injury at Alabama in 2019, many questioned if Tagovailoa would be able to walk again.

After playing a full season, the fear is behind him and he is ready to cut it loose.

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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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