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Tua Tagovailoa is getting help on offense from the Dolphins for next season

Tua Tagovailoa throws a pass for Miami Dolphins
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The Miami Dolphins and Tua Tagovailoa are working this offseason.

Tagovailoa is out to prove he is one of the best young quarterbacks in the National Football League, and the Dolphins want to position the best talent around him.

After he endured a rookie season of receivers dropping passes, Miami signed two vertical targets this week. He played with Tagovailoa at the University of Alabama in 2017, and Robert Foster now joins him in South Florida.

The 6-foot-2, 196-pound speedster was clocked at 4.41 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine.

Foster went undrafted in the 2018 venue, but he made the Buffalo Bills’ practice squad and spent two years with the team.

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He was on the practice squad of the Green Bay Packers in September of 2020 and then was signed to the Washington Football Team on Oct. 22, 2020.

Foster and Tagovailoa helped the Crimson Tide to a College Football Playoff National Championship in the 2017 season. Miami would also sign Will Fuller, formerly of the Houston Texans. Fuller, an alumnus of Notre Dame, was drafted in the first round by the Texans in 2016. After two 1,000-yard seasons for the Fighting Irish, he spent five years in Houston.

He collected 209 receptions for 3,110 yards and 24 touchdowns in 53 career games.

Fuller is coming off his best season last year, as he brought in 53 passes for 879 yards and eight scores.

The Dolphins have DeVante Parker and Mike Gesicki on the roster, but adding Foster and Fuller is more talent.

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Miami has two first-round picks (Nos. 3 and 18) in this draft, and DeVonta Smith is an option for the first choice.

As the Heisman Trophy winner from last season, Smith and Tagovailoa won the national title for Alabama as freshmen on a 41-yard, game-winning connection.

The play, known as “2nd and 26,” was one of the most iconic moments in college football.

Smith has also mentioned how he would like to be back with Tagovailoa if the opportunity presented itself. Miami is making moves, and it looks to put Tagovailoa in a position to be special.

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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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